Thomas L. Mote
Distinguished Research Professor
Associate Dean, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, 213
Hydroclimatology, climate change, synoptic climatology/meteorology, satellite climatology/meteorology
- Ph.D. (1994), University of Nebraska Geography (meteorology/climatology)
Pringle, C., A. Covich, T. Mote (Co-PI), and F. Ballantyne. LTER 5b: Understanding environmental change in northeast Puerto Rico. National Science Foundation, 2016–2019.
Pringle, C., A. Covich, and T. Mote (Co-PI). LTER 5a: Understanding environmental change in northeast Puerto Rico. National Science Foundation, 2012–2015.
Robinson, D., and T. Mote (Co-PI), “Snow ablation characteristics and melt-discharge relationships in the Columbia Basin.” National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014–2015.
Robinson, D., G. Henderson, D. Leathers, and T. Mote (Co-PI), “Toward improved understanding of extreme snow melt runoff events under past, present, and future climate.” National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 2014–2017.
Mote, T. (PI), K. Arrigo, R. Castelao, Å Rennermalm, M. Tedesco, and P. Yager. “From the ice sheet to the sea: An interdisciplinary study of the impact of extreme melt on ocean stratification and productivity near West Greenland.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2013–2016.
Mote, T. (PI). “Role of fog and wildland fire smoke in fatal motor vehicle accidents in the southeastern U.S.” USDA Forest Service, 2011–2013.
Mote, T., (PI) and J.M. Shepherd. “Regional climate simulations of southern forests.” USDA Forest Service, 2009–2011.
Dupigny-Giroux, L.-A., M. Raphael, J.M. Shepherd, and T. Mote (Co-PI). “Creating a diversity climate network (D-ClimNet) to enhance the climate sciences pipeline of minority students from high school to graduate school.” National Science Foundation, 2009–2012.
Bollinger, J.S., A. Garrett, A. Grundstein, T. Mote (Co-I), J.M. Shepherd, and T. Rasmussen. “Integrated hydrologic/hydrodynamic modeling system for collection of pollutant signatures.” Department of Energy, 2008–2011.
Robinson, D.A., M.R. Anderson, S. Drobot, D.K. Hall, and T. Mote (Co-PI). “Development of Northern Hemisphere snow and ice climate data records.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2008–2013.
Robinson, D.A., and Mote, T. (Co-PI). “Global monitoring of continental snow cover combining satellite and in-situ sources.” National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, 2004–2007.
Robinson, D.A., D.J. Leathers, T. Mote (Co-PI), and A. Grundstein. “A hybrid approach for evaluating and predicting interactions between the seasonal snow pack and the atmosphere.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2002–2005.
Robinson, D.A., A. Frei, D.J. Leathers, and T. Mote (Co-PI). “Evaluation of snow water equivalent across grasslands regions.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1998–2001.
Distinguished Research Professor, University of Georgia, 2016-2021.
Creative Research Medal, University of Georgia, 2013.
Outstanding Alumni Award, Department of Geography, University of North Dakota, 2011.
Fulbright Scholar to Brazil, 2008.
Outstanding Faculty Adviser, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia, 2004.
Fulbright U.S.-Egypt Binational Exchange Scholar, 2004.
Excellence in Teaching Award, Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, University of Georgia, 1997.
Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology/Climatology, Hydrometeorology/climatology, Cyrosphere
Mesoscale climate processes; Hydroclimatology; Disorganized (including pulse) convection; Landscape-thunderstorm interactions; GIS applications in climate science; Severe thunderstorm impacts; High-frequency, low-impact events
My research is in the fields of synoptic climatology, hydroclimatology, and remote sensing. My past work has investigated the impacts of atmospheric blocking on North Atlantic hurricane tracks, the effects of atmospheric circulation anomalies on organized convection over subtropical South America, and the use of hyperspectral remote sensing to determine the chemical composition of atmospheric dust plumes originating in the Sahara.
Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology; Mesoscale Convective Systems in South America and their relationship with cold fronts and El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO).