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Geography-Geology Building, Climatology Lab
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My research uses the framework and methods of synoptic climatology to study Earth's climate and its interactions with other biophysical systems. For example, my dissertation analyzes how corridors of intense water vapor transport known as "atmospheric rivers" induce mass loss from the Greenland Ice Sheet. Other research topics include the influence of rain gauge density on estimates of extreme precipitation magnitude and frequency, moisture sources for convective precipitation in subtropical South America, and the impacts of blocking high pressure systems near Greenland on North Atlantic hurricane tracks.


B.S. Meteorology, Western Kentucky University - 2012

M.S. Geography, University of Georgia - 2014

Ph.D. Candidate in Geography, University of Georgia - 2019 (expected)

Selected Publications:

Mattingly, K. S., T. L. Mote, and X. Fettweis, 2018: Atmospheric river impacts on Greenland
Ice Sheet surface mass balance. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, In Press,

Mattingly, K. S., L. Seymour, and P.W. Miller, 2017: Estimates of extreme precipitation frequency
in urban areas derived from spatially dense rain gauge observations: A case study
of two urban areas in the Colorado Front Range region. Annals of the American Association
of Geographers
, 107(6), 1499–1518, doi:10.1080/24694452.2017.1309961.

Mattingly, K. S. and T. L. Mote, 2017: Variability in warm-season atmospheric circulation
and precipitation patterns over subtropical South America: relationships between the South
Atlantic Convergence Zone and large-scale organized convection over the La Plata basin.
Climate Dynamics, 48(1), 241–263, doi:10.1007/s00382-016-3072-0.

Mattingly, K. S., C. A. Ramseyer, J. J. Rosen, T. L. Mote, and R. Muthyala, 2016: Increasing
water vapor transport to the Greenland Ice Sheet revealed using self-organizing maps. Geophysical
Research Letters
, 43, 9250–9258, doi:10.1002/2016GL070424.

Mattingly, K. S., J. T. McLeod, J. A. Knox, J. M. Shepherd, and T. L. Mote, 2015: A climatological
assessment of Greenland blocking conditions associated with the track of Hurricane
Sandy and historical North Atlantic hurricanes. International Journal of Climatology, 35(5),
746–760, doi:10.1002/joc.4018.