Thomas Mote

Thomas Mote

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Thomas L. Mote

Professor and Department Head

Email: tmote@uga.edu
Phone: 706-542-2906
Fax: 706-542-2388
Office: Geog-Geol Bldg, 210 Field Street, Athens, Georgia 30602, 213

Research Interests

Hydroclimatology, climate change, synoptic climatology/meteorology, satellite climatology/meteorology

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Education

  • Ph.D. (1994) University of Nebraska Geography (meteorology/climatology)

Grant Support

Pringle, C., A. Covich, T. Mote (Co-PI), and F. Ballantyne. LTER 5b: Understanding environmental change in northeast Puerto Rico. National Science Foundation, 2012–2015 ($301,585 to UGA).

Pringle, C., A. Covich, and T. Mote (Co-PI). LTER 5a: Understanding environmental change in northeast Puerto Rico. National Science Foundation, 2012–2015 ($112,000 to UGA).

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 ($44,900 to UGA).

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 ($174,153 to UGA, $597,031 total).

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 ($1.499 million).

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 ($30,000).

Mote, T., (PI) and J.M. Shepherd. “Regional climate simulations of southern forests.” USDA Forest Service, 2009–2011 ($140,000).

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 ($58,418).

Mote, T., (PI) and J.M. Shepherd. “Evaluation of WRF model for SHRMC activities.” USDA Forest Service, 2008–2010 ($30,000).

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 ($750,000 to UGA, $1.50 million total).

Shepherd, J.M., N. Heynen and T. Mote (Co-PI). “Assessing air quality and perceptions of environmental hazards in the Newtown Community:  A prototype UGA-U.S. Forest Service initiative on environmental justice and green space engagement.” USDA Forest Service, 2008–2009 ($9000).

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 ($245,000 to UGA, $1.88 million total).

Mote, T., (PI) “Support of SHRMC MM5/WRF modeling activities.” USDA Forest Service, 2007–2008 ($73,000).

Mote, T., (PI). “Support and operation of SHRMC modeling activities.” USDA Forest Service, 2005–2007 ($53,000).

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 ($90,000).

Mote, T. (PI). “Development and validation of MM5V3 for SHRMC.” USDA Forest Service, 2003–2005 ($140,010).

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 ($219,625 to UGA).

Mote, T. (PI). “Development and support of a hazard assessment program for the Southern High Resolution Modeling Consortium.” USDA Forest Service, 2001–2002 ($270,767).

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 ($109,000 to UGA).

Mote, T. (PI). “Infrastructure improvement grant for a satellite receiving station.” National Science Foundation, 1998–1999 ($20,000).

Mote, T. (PI). “An investigation of the climatology, associated meteorology, and patterns of winter season cloud-to-ground lightning for the Southeast and Mississippi Valley regions of the U.S.” UCAR Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training, 1998–1999 ($8,240).

Mote, T. (PI). “Synoptic-scale features common to derecho producing mesoscale convective systems in the north-central Great Plains.” UCAR Cooperative Program for Operational Meteorology, Education and Training, 1997–1998 ($5,609).

Mote, T. (PI), and V. Meentemeyer, “An equipment proposal to advance research and education in meteorology and climatology at the University of Georgia.” National Science Foundation UCAR Unidata Program 1995–1996 ($28,400).

Mote, T. (PI), “Estimation of ablation rates on the Greenland Ice Sheet from microwave radiometric observations.” National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 1995–1997 ($68,798).

Of Note

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.

Selected Publications

Articles

McLeod, J., and T. Mote. Assessing the role of precursor cyclones on the formation of extreme Greenland blocking episodes and their impact on summer melting across the Greenland ice sheet. Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres, in press, doi: 10.1002/2015JD023945.

Kluver, D., T. Mote, D. Leathers, G. Henderson, W. Chan, and D. Robinson. Creation and validation of a comprehensive 1 degree gridded North American dataset: Snowfall. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, in press, doi: 10.1175/JTECH-D-15-0027.1.

Black, A., and T. Mote, 2015: Effects of winter precipitation on automobile collisions, injuries, and fatalities in the United States. Journal of Transport Geography, in press, doi: 10.1016/j.jtrangeo.2015.09.007.

McLeod, J., and T. Mote, 2015: Linked interannual variability of extreme blocking episodes to the recent increase in summer melting across the Greenland ice sheet. International Journal of Climatology, in press.

Black, A., and T. Mote, 2015: Characteristics of winter-precipitation-related transportation fatalities in the United States. Weather, Climate and Society, 7, 133–145, doi: 10.1175/WCAS-D-14-00011.1.

Gensini, V., and T. Mote, 2015: Downscaled estimates of late 21st century severe weather from CCSM3. Climatic Research, 129, 307–321, doi: 10.1007/s10584-014-1320-z.

Mattingly, K., J. McLeod, J.M. Shepherd, J. Knox, and T. 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, 746–760.

Gensini, V., and T. Mote, 2014: Examination of historical hazardous convective weather using dynamical downscaling. Journal of Climate, 27, 6581–6589, doi: 10.1175/JCLI-D-13-00777.1.

Gensini, V., T. Mote, and H. Brooks, 2014: Severe-thunderstorm reanalysis environments and collocated radiosonde observations. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 53, 743–751, doi: 10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0263.1

Gensini, V., C. Ramseyer, and T. Mote, 2014: Future convective environments in the Southeast U.S. International Journal of Climatology, 22, 1034–1043, doi: 10.1002/joc.3769.

Hanna, E., X. Fettweis, S. Mernild, J. Cappelen, M. Ribergaard, C. Shuman, K. Steffen, L. Wood, and T. Mote, 2014: Atmospheric and oceanic climate forcing of the exceptional Greenland Ice Sheet surface melt in summer 2012. International Journal of Climatology, 34, 1022–1037. doi: 10.1002/joc.3743.

Mioduszewski, J., A. Rennermalm, D. Robinson, and T. Mote, 2014: Attribution of snow melt onset in northern Canada. Journal of Geophysical Research- Atmospheres, 119, 9638–9653, doi: 10.1002/2013JD021024.

Shepherd, J., A. Grundstein, and T. Mote, 2014: An analysis of seasonal biases in satellite and reanalysis rainfall products in the Savannah River basin. Physical Geography, 35, 181–194, doi: 10.1080/02723646.2014.887428.

Tedesco, M., J. Box, J. Cappelen, X. Fettweis, T. Jensen, T. Mote, A. Rennermalm, L. Smith, R. van de Wal, and J. Wahr, 2014: Greenland ice sheet in “State of the Climate in 2013.”  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 95, S136–S139.

Bedel, A., T. Mote, and S. Goodrick, 2013: Climate change and associated fire potential for the south-eastern United States in the 21st Century. International Journal of Wildland Fire, in press, doi: 10.1071/WF13018.

Rennermalm, Å., S. Moustafa, J. Mioduszewski, V. Chu, R. Forster, B. Hagedorn, J. Harper, T. Mote, D. Robinson, C. Shuman, L. Smith, and M. Tedesco, 2013: Understanding Greenland ice sheet hydrology using an integrated multi-scale approach. Environmental Research Letters, 8, 015017, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/8/1/015017.

Tedesco, M., X. Fettweis, T. Mote, J. Wahr, P. Alexander, J. Box, and B. Wouters, 2013: Evidence and analysis of 2012 Greenland records from spaceborne observations, a regional climate model and reanalysis data. The Cryosphere, 7, 615–630, doi: 10.5194/tc-7-615-2013.

Tedesco, M., P. Alexander, J. Box, J. Cappelen, T. Mote, K. Steffen, R. van de Wal, J. Wahr, and B. Wouters, 2013: Greenland ice sheet in “State of the Climate in 2012.”  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94, S136–S139.

Zhao, H., K. Higuchi, J. Waller, H. Auld, and T. Mote, 2013: The impacts of the PNA and NAO on annual maximum snowpack over southern Canada during 1979–2009. International Journal of Climatology, 33, 388–395, doi: 10.1002/joc.3431.

Shem, W., T. Mote, and J.M. Shepherd, 2012: Validation of NARCCAP temperature data for some forest sites in the southeast United States. Atmospheric Research, 13, 275–282, doi: 10.1002/asl.395.

Nghiem, S., D. Hall, T. Mote, M. Tedesco, M. Albert, K. Keegan, and N. DiGirolamo, 2012: The extreme melt across the Greenland Ice Sheet in 2012. Geophysical Research Letters, 39, L20502, doi: 10.1029/2012GL053611.

Rennermalm, Å., A. Bring, and T. Mote, 2012: Spatial and scale dependent controls on North American pan-Arctic minimum river discharge. Geographical Analysis, 44, 202–218. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-4632.2012.00849.x.

Mote, T., and E. Kutney, 2012: Regions of autumn Eurasian snow cover and associations with North American winter temperatures. International Journal of Climatology, 32, 1164–1177, doi: 10.1002/joc.2341.

Tedesco, M., J. Box, J. Cappelen, T. Mote, R. van de Wal, and J. Wahr, 2012: Greenland ice sheet in “State of the Climate in 2011.”  Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 93, S68–S69.

Mernild, S., T. Mote, and G.E. Liston, 2011: Greenland Ice Sheet surface melt extent and trends, 1960–2010, Journal of Glaciology, 57, 621-628, doi: 10.3189/002214311797409712.

Shepherd, J., and T. Mote, 2011: Can cities create their own snowfall?: What observations are required to find out? Earthzine, Urban Monitoring Special Theme Issue. [http://www.earthzine.org/2011/09/06/can-cities-create-their-own-snowfall-what-observations-are-required-to-find-out/]

Shepherd, J.M., T. Mote, J. Dowd, M. Roden, P. Knox, S. McCutcheon, and S. Nelson, 2011: An overview of synoptic and mesoscale factors contributing to the disastrous Atlanta flood of 2009. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92, 861–870, doi: 10.1175/2010BAMS3003.1.

Box, J., A. Ahlstrøm, J.  Cappelen, X.  Fettweis, D. Decker, T. Mote, D. van As, R.S.W. van de Wal, B. Vinther, and J. Wahr, 2011: Greenland in “State of the Climate in 2010”. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 92, S156-S160, doi: 10.1175/1520-0477-92.6.S1.

Grundstein, A., and T. Mote, 2010: Trends in average snow depth across the western United States. Physical Geography, 31, 172–185, doi: 10.2747/0272-3646.31.2.172.

Frye, J., and T. Mote, 2010: The synergistic relationship between soil moisture and the low-level jet and its role on the pre-storm environment in the southern Great Plains. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 49, 775–791, doi: 10.1175/2009JAMC2146.1.

Frye, J., and T. Mote, 2010: Convective initiation along soil moisture boundaries in the southern Great Plains. Monthly Weather Review, 138, 1140–1151, doi: 10.1175/2009MWR2865.1.

Durkee, J., and T. Mote, 2010: A climatology of warm-season mesoscale convective complexes in subtropical South America. International Journal of Climatology, 30, 418–431, doi:10.1002/joc.1893.

Box, J., I. Bhattacharya, J. Cappelen, D. Decker, X. Fettweis, K. Jezek, T. Mote, and M. Tedesco, 2010: Greenland in “State of the Climate in 2009”. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91, S121–S124, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-91-7-StateoftheClimate.

Woody, J., R. Lund, A. Grundstein, and T. Mote, 2009: A storage model approach to the assessment of snow depth trends. Water Resources Research, 45, W10426, doi:10.1029/2009WR007996.

Box, J., L.-S. Bai, R. Benson, I. Bhattacharya, D.H. Bromwich, J. Cappelen, D. Decker, N. DiGirolamo, X. Fettweis, D. Hall, E. Hanna, T. Mote, M. Tedesco, R. van de Wal, and M. van den Broeke, 2009: Greenland in “State of the Climate in 2008”. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 90, S1–S196, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-90-8-StateoftheClimate.

Lacke, M., T. Mote, and J.M. Shepherd, 2009: Aerosols and associated precipitation patterns in Atlanta. Atmospheric Environment, 43, 4359–4373, doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.04.022.

Shepherd, J., D. Nyogi, and T. Mote, 2009: A seasonal-scale climatological analysis correlating spring tornadic activity with antecedent fall–winter drought in the southeastern United States. Environmental Research Letters, 024012, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/4/2/024012.

Durkee, J., and T. Mote, 2009: The contribution of mesoscale convective complexes to the hydroclimate of subtropical South America. Journal of Climate, 22, 4590–4605, doi:10.1175/2009JCLI2858.1.

Mote, T., 2008: On the role of snow cover in depressing air temperature. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 47, 2008–2022, doi: 10.1175/2007JAMC1823.1.

Box, J., J. Cappelen, D. Bromwich, L.-S. Bai, T. Mote, B. Veenhuis, N. Mikkelsen, and A. Weidick, 2008: Greenland, in “State of the Climate in 2007”. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 89, S94–S97.

Grundstein, A., S. Sarnat, M. Klein, J.M. Shepherd, L. Naeher, T. Mote, and P. Tolbert, 2008: Thunderstorm associated asthma in Atlanta, Georgia. Thorax, 63, 659–660. doi:10.1136/thx.2007.092882.

Durkee, J., J. Frye, C. Fuhrmann, M. Lacke, H. Jeong, and T. Mote, 2008: Effects of the North Atlantic Oscillation on precipitation-type frequency and distribution in the eastern United States. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 91, 51–65, doi:10.1007/s00704-007-0345-x.

Mote, T., 2007: Greenland surface melt trends 1973-2007:  Evidence of a large increase in 2007. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L22507, doi:10.1029/ 2007GL031976.

Mote, T., M. Lacke, and J.M. Shepherd, 2007: Radar signatures of the urban effect on precipitation distribution:  A case study for Atlanta, Georgia. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L20710, doi:10.1029/2007GL031903.

Dyer, J., and T. Mote, 2007: Trends in snow ablation over North America. International Journal of Climatology, 27, 739–748, doi:10.1002/joc.1426.

Ashley, W., T. Mote, and M. Bentley, 2007: The extensive episode of derecho-producing convective systems in the United States during May and June 1998: A multiscale analysis and review. Meteorological Applications, 14, 227–244, doi: 10.1002/met.23.

Rasmussen, T., and T. Mote, 2007: Monitoring surface and subsurface water storage using confined aquifer water levels at the Savannah River Site, USA. Vadose Zone Journal, 6, 327–335, doi:10.2136/vzj2006.0049.

Shepherd, J., A. Grundstein, and T. Mote, 2007: Quantifying the contribution of tropical cyclones to extreme rainfall along the coastal southeastern United States. Geophysical Research Letters, 34, L23810, doi: 10.1029/2007GL031694.

Dyer, J., and T. Mote, 2006: Spatial variability and patterns of snow depth over North America. Geophysical Research Letters, 33, L16503, doi:10.1029/2006GL027258.

Ashley, W., and T. Mote, 2006: Derecho hazards in the United States. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 86, 1577–1592, doi: 10.1175/BAMS-86-11-1577.

Ashley, W., T. Mote, and M. Bentley, 2005: On the episodic nature of derecho producing convective systems in the United States. International Journal of Climatology, 25, 1915–1932 doi:10.1002/joc.1229.

Grundstein, A., P. Todhunter, and T. Mote, 2005: Snowpack control over the thermal offset of air and soil temperatures in eastern North Dakota. Geophysical Research Letters, 32, L08503, doi: 10.1029/2005GL022532.

Diem, J., and T. Mote, 2005: Interepochal changes in summer precipitation in the Southeastern United States: Evidence of possible urban effects near Atlanta, Georgia, Journal of Applied Meteorology, 44, 717–730, doi 10.1175/JAM2221.1.

Graduate Students

Ramseyer, Craig

Research Interests

Climate downscaling, hydroclimatology, spatiotemporal modeling, Caribbean climatology, and climate change.

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Wachowicz, Lori

Research Interests

Synoptic and Mesoscale Meteorology/Climatology, Hydrometeorology/climatology, Cyrosphere

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Miller, Paul

Research Interests

Summertime convection, pulse severe weather, and nowcasting

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Mattingly, Kyle

Research Interests

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.

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Rosen, Josh

Research Interests

Cryosphere, Hydroclimatology

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