John Knox

John Knox

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John A. Knox

Associate Professor

Phone: 706-542-2118
Fax: 706-542-2388
Office: Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, Room 139

Research Interests

Dynamics of weather and climate, geoscience education, atmospheric hazards, satellite remote sensing applications and meteorological applications of social media data



  • Ph.D. (1996) University of Wisconsin-Madison Atmospheric science
  • B.S. (1988) UAB (University of Alabama at Birmingham) Mathematics

Grant Support

  1. Improving Clear Air Turbulence Forecasts at the NOAA/NWS/NCEP/Aviation Weather Center with State-of-the-Art Research Diagnostics (PI); UCAR/COMET; $60,000; Funded 7/09-6/12
  2. Teaching Science Teachers about Masters of Disaster in Socioeconomically and Climatologically Vulnerable Counties of Georgia (co-PI); National Science Foundation; $149,642; Funded 8/10-8/12
  3. Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/10-6/11
  4. Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/09-6/10
  5. Climatological and Demographic Aspects of Late-Summer Heat Waves in Georgia (PI); UGARF; $9707.10; Funded 1/09-12/09
  6. Development, Implementation and Research of Rotating-Tank Laboratory Experiments in Undergraduate Geosciences Courses at the University of Georgia (co-PI); USG Board of Regents STEM Initiative; $7990; Funded 11/08-6/09
  7. Teaching Science Teachers About Masters of Disasters (consultant); Georgia Teacher Quality in Higher Education Program; $31,000; Funded 6/08-6/09
  8. Enhancing Undergraduate Geography Courses with New Data-Intensive Multimedia Modules on the Ozone Hole and El Niño (PI); PRISM; $4000; Funded 8/04-2/05
  9. The Assimilation Process in the Earth, Space and Social Sciences (PI); Georgia Space Grant; $5562; Funded 3/04-2/05
  10. Mesoscale Tropopause Dynamics Diagnosed in GOES (PI); NOAA/NESDIS; $66,000; Funded 10/03-9/05
  11. Diagnostic Studies of Tropical Dynamics with UARS and CRISTA (co-I); NASA (Subcontract to NWRA); $72,000; Funded 11/01-2/04

Research Projects

  1. Clear-air turbulence forecasting (Wilson M.S.; with Silberberg, Ellrod and UGA students)
  2. Geoscience education research at the pre-college and college levels (Qureshi Ph.D.; with Stewart and others)
  3. Hyperthermia and its effects on athletes (Petro M.S.; with Grundstein and UGA students)
  4. Late-summer heat waves in the Southeast U.S. (Petro M.S.)
  5. Drought in the Southeast U.S. (Campana M.S.; with Grundstein and Dowd)
  6. Inertial instability and convection initiation (with Schumacher and Schultz)
  7. Non-convective high wind events (with Durkee, Frye, Fuhrmann, Lacke and UGA students)
  8. Other extreme weather events and their societal impacts (with Gill, Novlan and UGA students)
  9. Tornado debris research (with UGA students)

Of Note

National/International Research Awards:

  • T. Theodore Fujita Research Achievement Award, National Weather Association, 2010
  • Highly commend, Royal Meteorological Society‘s IBM Award for Meteorological Innovation That Matters international competition, 2009

Campus/National Teaching Awards:

  • "Best 300 Professors" selection, The Princeton Review, 2012 (only geographer in U.S. selected)
  • Richard B. Russell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, UGA, 2013
  • Sandy Beaver Excellence in Teaching Award, UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, 2011
  • UGA Student Government Association Professor Recognition Award, 2005, 2010, 2011
  • Who‘s Who Among America‘s Teachers, 2004
  • UW-Madison Wahl Meteorology Teaching Award, 1994
  • UW-Madison Teaching Fellow, 1994-95

National Educational Publication Awards:

  • William Henry Fox Talbot Prize for Visual Excellence in a College Textbook, Society of Academic Authors, 2003
  • APEX Grand Award for Publication Excellence in Writing, Phi Kappa Phi Forum, 2007

Institutional Outreach and Service Awards and Nominations:

  • NASA/GISS Best Popular Science Award, 1997
  • UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Advisor Award nominee, 2005, 2008, 2010

National Weather Forecasting Awards:

  • "Final Four" forecaster, WxChallenge national weather forecasting contest tournament, 2011
  • 1st-place trophy for best faculty forecast for New Orleans, LA, WxChallenge contest, 2012
  • 2nd-place trophy for best faculty forecast for Providence, RI, WxChallenge contest, 2012

Selected National Academic Awards and Honors:

  • NSF Graduate Research Fellow, 1988
  • Rhodes Scholar Finalist, 1987
  • Phi Kappa Phi National Fellow, 1988
  • U.S. Presidential Scholar, 1983

Selected Publications

Schultz, D. M., and J. A. Knox, 2006. Banded convection caused by frontogenesis in a conditionally,symmetrically, and inertially unstable environment. Monthly Weather Review, in review.

Knox, J. A., and V. L. Harvey, 2005. Global climatology of inertial instability and Rossby wave breaking in the stratosphere. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, 110 (D6), D06108, DOI 10.1029/2004JD005068.

Knox, J. A. , 2003. Inertial instability. Encyclopedia of the Atmospheric Sciences, J. R.Holton, J. Curry, and J. Pyle, Eds. Academic Press, 1004-1013.

Ackerman, S. A., and J. A. Knox, 2003. Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere. Brooks/Cole, 486 pp.

Iacopelli, A. J., and J. A. Knox, 2001. Mesoscale dynamics of the record-breaking 10 November 1998 mid-latitude cyclone: A satellite-based case study. National Weather Digest, 25, 33-42.

Knox, J. A., 2000. L. F. Richardson's "Forecast Factory": A great idea for teaching weather forecasting. Journal of Geoscience Education, 48 (5),579-580. (Also see:

Knox, J. A., 2000. From Celsius to chaos to cyclones: Using temperature-conversion equations to introduce advanced mathematical concepts in earth science courses. Mathematical Geology, 32 (2), 203-215.

Knox, J. A., 1998. On converting potential temperature to altitude in the middle atmosphere. Eos, Transactions of the American Geophysical Union, 79, 376.

Borenstein, S., J. Hansen, J. Knox, R. Miller, R., 1998. Summer forecast by the GISS SI97 model based on fixed SST anomalies. Experimental Long-Lead Forecast Bulletin,7 (2), 27-32.

Knox, J. A., and S. R. Borenstein, 1998. Unphysical descriptions of the approach to geostrophic equilibrium. Journal of Geoscience Education, 46,190-193.

Knox, J. A., 1997. Generalized nonlinear balance criteria and inertial stability. Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 54, 967-985.

Knox, J. A., 1997. Possible mechanisms of clear-air turbulence in strongly anticyclonic flows. Monthly Weather Review, 125, 1251-1259.

Wilder, J., K. Beckford, S. Borenstein, L. Druyan, A., 1997. Winter forecast by the GISS SI97 model based on fixed SST anomalies. Experimental Long-Lead Forecast Bulletin, 6 (4), 2-8.

Knox, J. A., and P. J. Croft, 1997. Storytelling in the meteorology classroom. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 78, 897-906

Knox, J. A., 1996. Teaching advanced concepts with simple temperature-conversion equations. The Physics Teacher, 34, 450-453.

Knox, J. A., and S. A. Ackerman , 2005. What do introductory meteorology students want to learn? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86, 1431-1435. (Cover article)

Knox, J. A., and P. R. Ohmann , 2006. Iterative solutions of the gradient wind equation. Computers & Geosciences, 32, in press.

Ackerman, S. A., and J. A. Knox , 2007. Meteorology: Understanding the Atmosphere 2nd edition. Brooks/Cole, 528 pp.



Durkee, J. D., C. M. Fuhrmann, J. A. Knox, S. M. Dillingham, J. D. Frye, A. E. Stewart, and M. C. Lacke, In Review. A diagnostic study of non-convective high winds in the 12-13 November 2003 Great Lakes cylone Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society

Lacke, M. C., J. A. Knox, J. D. Frye, A. E. Stewart, J. D. Durkee, C. M. Fuhrmann, and S. M. Dillingham, 2007. A climatology of cold-season non-convective wind events in the Great Lakes region Journal of Climate


Graduate Students

Rackley, Jared


Castellucci, Emily Snow