Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor
Director, Atmospheric Sciences Program

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Dr. Marshall Shepherd's research focuses primarily on hydrometeorological extremes, urban climate, and the intersections of atmospheric sciences with society. He uses remote sensing, weather-climate modeling, and risk-vulnerability approaches to address challenges such as urban flooding, energy-food-water nexus, weather-climate risk, and communication-warnings.

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather and climate and is the Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor of Geography and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Georgia.  Dr. Shepherd was the 2013 President of American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation’s largest and oldest professional/science society in the atmospheric and related sciences. Dr. Shepherd serves as Director of the University of Georgia’s (UGA) Atmospheric Sciences Program and Full Professor in the Department of Geography where he was a previous Associate Department Head. Dr. Shepherd is also the host of The Weather Channel’s Award-Winning Sunday talk show Weather Geeks, a pioneering Sunday talk podcast/show and a contributor to Forbes Magazine. Dr. Shepherd is the 2018 recipient of the prestigious AMS Helmut Landsberg Award for pioneering and significant work in urban climate and in 2017, he was honored with the AMS Brooks Award, a high honor within the field of meteorology. Ted Turner and his Captain Planet Foundation honored Dr. Shepherd in 2014 with its Protector of the Earth Award. Prior recipients include Erin Brockovich and former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson. He is also the 2015 Recipient of the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Media Achievement award, the Florida State University Grads Made Good Award and the UGA Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2015, Dr. Shepherd was invited to moderate the White House Champions for Change event. He is an alumni of the prestigious SEC Academic Leadership Fellows program. Prior to UGA, Dr. Shepherd spent 12 years as a Research Meteorologist at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center and was Deputy Project Scientist for the Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) mission, a multi-national space mission that launched in 2014. President Bush honored him on May 4th 2004 at the White House with the Presidential Early Career Award for pioneering scientific research in weather and climate science.  Dr. Shepherd is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society. Two national magazines, the AMS, and Florida State University have also recognized Dr. Shepherd for his significant contributions. Dr. Shepherd was the 2016 Spring Undergraduate Commencement speaker at his 3-time Alma Mater, Florida State University. He was also the 2017 Graduate Commencement speaker at the University of Georgia. 

Dr. Shepherd is frequently sought as an expert on weather, climate, and remote sensing. He routinely appears on CBS Face The Nation, NOVA, The Today Show, CNN, Fox News, The Weather Channel and several others. His TedX Atlanta Talk on “Slaying Climate Zombies” is one of the most viewed climate lectures on YouTube. Dr. Shepherd is also frequently asked to advise key leaders at NASA, the White House, Congress, Department of Defense, and officials from foreign countries. In February 2013, Dr. Shepherd briefed the U.S. Senate on climate change and extreme weather. He has also written several editorials for CNN, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal Constitution, and numerous other outlets and has been featured in Time Magazine, Popular Mechanics, and NPR Science Friday. He has over 90 peer-reviewed scholarly publications. Dr. Shepherd has attracted $3 million dollars in extramural research support from NASA, National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and U.S. Forest Service. Dr. Shepherd was also instrumental in leading the effort for UGA to become the 78th member of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR), a significant milestone for UGA and establishing UGA’s Major in Atmospheric Sciences.

Dr. Shepherd currently chairs the NASA Earth Sciences Advisory Committee and was a past member of its Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council. He was a member of the Board of Trustees for the Nature Conservancy (Georgia Chapter), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed’s Hazard Preparedness Advisory Group United Nations World Meteorological Organization steering committee on aerosols and precipitation, 2007 Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) AR4 contributing author team, National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Panels on climate and national security, extreme weather attribution, and urban meteorology. Dr. Shepherd is a past editor for both the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology and Geography Compass, respectively. 

Dr. Shepherd received his B.S., M.S. and PhD in physical meteorology from Florida State University.  He was the first African American to receive a PhD from the Florida State University Department of Meteorology, one of the nation’s oldest and respected. He is also the 2nd African American to preside over the American Meteorological Society. He is a member of the AMS, American Geophysical Union, Association of American Geographers (AAG), Sigma Xi Research Honorary, Chi Epsilon Pi Meteorology Honorary, and Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary.  He is also a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and serves on various National Boards associated with his alma mater.  Dr. Shepherd co-authored a children’s book on weather and weather instruments called Dr. Fred’s Weather Watch. He is also the co-founder of the Alcova Elementary Weather Science Chat series that exposes K-5 students to world-class scientists. Dr. Shepherd is originally from Canton, Georgia.

  • Ph.D., Florida State University Physical Meteorology
  • Master of Science, Florida State University Physical Meteorology
  • Bachelor of Science, Florida State University Physical Meteorology

Current Grants

(06/01/19-07/31/2019) (0.33 month)
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation via Sub-Award from Georgia Institute of Technology. UGA PI (UGA Budget, 

(07/01/19-06/30/24) (TBD)
    NOAA, Cooperative Institute for Satellite Earth System Studies” (CISESS). UGA PI (UGA Budget, up to $1 

12/03/2018-02/29/20 (1.0 month, cost share)
U.S. DOI/GWRI, Assessing Georgia Water Resources Using Satellite Data and Novel Precipitation Metrics. PI. (UGA Budget, $17,942)

06/04/18-01/01/19 (0.2 month)
    NSF, Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Control of Urban Thermal Environment (CUTE). Co-PI (UGA Budget, $18,506)

05/15/18-04/30/2021 (0.0 month)
    Ray C. Anderson Foundation, Georgia Climate Project. Co-PI (UGA Budget, $89,131)

07/01/2017-6/30/21 (0.25 month)
USFS, Role of Climate in the Appalachian Fire Outbreak. PI. (UGA Budget, $50,000)

07/01/2017-6/30/21 (1.0 month)    
NASA,The Impact of Soil and Surface Moisture on Tropical Cyclone Reintensification Over Land. PI. (UGA
    Budget, $316,516).

01/01/15-12/31/18  (0.0 month, cost shared)
NASA, USIP, Digital Orbital Analysis of Water Resources for Georgia. Co-I with multiple investigators. PI Mishra. (UGA Budget, 446,218)

01/01/15-12/31/17 (0.0. month, cost share)
USAF/AFRL University Nanosat Program, GeorgiaSat-1. Co-I with multiple investigators. PI Mishra. (UGA 
Budget, $147,465)

Pending Grants

None at this time

Past Funded Grants

01/01/16-12/31/18 (1.0 month)
NASA, The Energy-­‐Water-­‐Food Nexus within the backdrop of an urbanized globe: How Can GPM help? PI. (UGA Budget, $473,358)

03/01/2017-02/28/18 (1.0 month, cost share)
U.S. DOI/GWRI. Quantifying the relative contributions of the physical mechanisms responsible for the Atlanta 2009 Flood. PI Shepherd with Co-I Neil Debbage. (UGA Budget, $40,440) 

07/01/12-06/30/16 NSF, RCN-SEES Urban Heat Island Network. Co-I with multiple investigators (UGA Budget, 

10/01/2015-9/30/2016 (0.1 month) UGA Office of STEM. Enhancing and Diversifying Geosciences Instruction 
Through Popular Gaming Platforms and Multi-user Virtual Environments. Co-I with Suzanne Pilaar Birch, 
Jerry Shannon, and Tom Mote. (UGA Budget, $7910)

01/06/2015-01/05/2016 (0.0 month) Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Office of Inclusion and Diversity 
Leadership. Co-I with Suzanne Pilaar Birch, Hilda Kurtz, and Jennifer Rice. Diversity in Geography Careers Seminar and Engagement Series (UGA Budget, $3000)

10/07/13-10/6/15 (0.00)
Exploring Water Sustainability in Cities: A Course Module Linking Geoscience, Engineering, and Society, Funded through Carleton University (prime sponsor NSF through a $10 Million Dollar, 5-year grant to Carleton College’s Science Education Resource Center (SERC) is the recipient of a $10 million, five-year National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to create a national STEP Center that will prepare students who can leverage the geosciences to address societal challenges including natural hazards, resource issues, and environmental impacts. The center will conduct project InTeGrate: Interdisciplinary Teaching of Geoscience for a Sustainable Future), PI with Co-PIs M. Jha, M. Shepherd, G. Richard

11/1/2014-10/31/2016 (Initial 2 years funded, ~2.65 M)
NSF, LTER: The Interacting Effects of Hydroclimate Variability and Human Landscape in the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Multiple Co-Is (UGA Budget, $8,080,620).

01/01/13-12/31/16  (1.0 month)
NASA, Process studies and a new framework for optimizing and managing global urban water systems in the GPM era. PI. (UGA Budget, $455,521)

2012-2015 NASA, Combining satellite data and models to assess the impacts of urbanization on the continental 
United States surface climate. Co-I with L. Bounana, M. Imhoff, D. Quattrochi, et al. (UGA Budget, $170,687).

2011-2014 Coweeta LTER (NSF/Gragson PI), Urbanization-­Hydroclimate Feedbacks in the Appalachian-
­Piedmont Complex. PI (UGA Budget, $99,000)

2013-2014 Improving Teacher Quality Grants Program, Higher Education Title II Part A, PL – 107 – 110, Higher 
Education, Teaching Climate Change Science in Middle and High Schools. Co-I (Budget, $25,600)

2011-2012 NASA, The Brown Ocean Concept: A spatio-temporal and theoretical analysis of re-intensifying tropical cyclones over land. PI with graduate student Theresa Andersen (UGA Budget, $28,400).

2010-2013, NASA, Influence of Humans on Precipitation Variability, Climate, and the Water Cycle:  Preparing for the GPM era. PI with co-PIs S. Burian and Menglin Jin (UGA Budget, $406,343).

2010-2013, NASA, Using geospatial data and field investigations to monitor effects of climate change on birds 
along elevational and latitudinal gradients Co-Investigator with J. Hepinstall, M. Conroy, R. Cooper (UFA Budget, $449,765).

2008-2013, Department of Energy/SRNL, FY 2009-FY2012, Project Title: Integrated Hydrologic/Hydrodynamic 
Modeling System for Collection of Pollutant Signatures. Co-Investigator with A. Grundstein (PI), J. Bollinger, T. Mote, T. Rasmussen, and others (UGA Budget, $750,000).

2012    UGA Provost Summer Research Award (UGA Budget, $5000).

2010-2012. U.S. Forest Service, Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the Southeast U.S and Africa. Principal Investigator (UGA Budget, $15000).

2009-2012 U.S. Forest Service, Climate Change and Social Vulnerability in the Southeast U.S. Co-Investigator 
(UGA Budget, $22000).

2009-2012 National Science Foundation, Creating a Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet) to enhance the 
climate sciences pipeline of minority students from high school to graduate levels. Co-PI with L.  Giroux and M. Raphael (UGA Budget, $58,418). 

2007-2011-NASA Headquarters, FY 2006-2009, Impact of Humans on Precipitation Variability.  Principal 
Investigator with co-investigators S. Burian (University of Utah) and M. Jin (University of Maryland) (UGA Budget, $390,000).

2009-2011-U.S. Forest Service, Regional Climate Simulations of Southern Forests. Co-Investigator with T. Mote (UGA Budget, 130K).

2009-2011-U.S. Forest Service, Evaluation of WRF Model for SHRMC Activities. Co-Investigator with T. Mote 
(UGA Budget, 30K).

2006-2009-NASA, FY 2006-2009, Impact of Humans on Precipitation Variability.  Principal Investigator with 
co-investigators S. Burian (University of Utah) and M. Jin (University of Maryland) (UGA Budget, $390,000).
2010-Franklin College, Franklin Visiting Scholars Program. Travel grant for Dr. Dupigny-Giroux (Vermont) to visit UGA. ($1000).

2008-1010-NASA, Water and Energy Cycle, An observational and modeling study of a rare tornadic storm in a 
major central business district:  Possible linkages to drought and urban land cover. Principal Investigator with co-Investigator D. Niyogi (Purdue) (UGA Budget, $45,632).

2007-2009-Defense Threat Reduction Agency, FY 2006-2008, Urban Enhancements to Meteorological Modeling and Observations. Co-Investigator with S. Burian (University of Utah) and M. Jin (University of Maryland) (UGA Budget, $85790).

2008-2009-US Forest Service, 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. Principal Investigator with co-Investigators T. Mote, N. Heynen, and C. Johnson (UGA Budget,     $7895).

2006-2007-Northeast Georgia Partnership for Reform in Science and Mathematics (PRISM) 2006-07 
Improving Teaching and Learning of Science and Mathematics at the Undergraduate Level, 2006-2007, Enhancing Climate Change Science Education Through Inquiry-Based Concepts and Real-World Simulations Co-Investigator, Robert Hill (UGA COE) ($7790).

2006-2008-NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Science Support for the Development of The NASA 
Global Precipitation Measurement Mission’s Science Implementation Plan and Continuing Precipitation Science Team Activities ($55,000).

2006-2007-NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Developing a Framework for Understanding the 
Titanian Methane Cycle using Remote Sensing Techniques Developed for Studying Earth’s Water Cycle. PI: Dr. Marshall Shepherd (UGA), Co-I: Terence Doiron/GSFC/555, Co-I: Chris Ruf/University of Michigan ($75,000 in FY06 with possible FY07 extension, UGA Budget $5120).

2006-2007-NASA Headquarters. Extension of PECASE funding. The Impact of Urbanization on Climate: 
Integrated Modeling to Couple urban growth, land use change and weather-climate ($106,974).

2003-2006-NASA Headquarters. Research Opportunities for Precipitation Measurement Missions:  
Understanding the Impact of Urbanization on Short and Long Term Precipitation Variability and Land Surface Hydrologic Processes  ($275,000). 

2003-2006-NASA NRA-02-OES-05 Research Opportunities for Precipitation Measurement Missions. 
The Impact of Precipitation Measurement Missions on Hydrologic and Water Resource Predictions. Co-I with PI C.P. Lidard (GSFC) and CO-I A. P. Georgakakos (Ga. Tech) (Unfunded co-PI). 

2003-2005-NASA Headquarters. Impacts of Urban Surfaces on Rainfall Modification using Space-Based 
Rainfall Measurement, Numerical Models Simulations, and High-Density Gauge Validation:  Science Impact, Applications, and Policy Implications. NASA New Investigator Program (300K/3 Years).

1999-2000-NASA GSFC. “Informal Science Education Supporting Weather Broadcasters On-Air with 
TRMM “Mini-Education Supplements” awarded by GSFC Director’s Discretionary Fund (25K per year).

1994-1995- NASA Headquarters. Co-Investigator on proposal with Dr. Gerald Heymsfield and Dr. Brad 
Ferrier on research related to remote sensing of tropical mesoscale convective systems. 

Of note:

2017-2018 Associate Department Head, Department of Geography, University of Georgia: In this role, I served as the deputy administrator in the Department and an ex-officio member of the departmental advisory committee. My responsibilities included scheduling departmental courses, managing faculty teaching schedules, strategic planning for external awards, and other tasks as designated by the Department Head.

2017- Present  Chair, NASA Earth Science Advisory Committee: The NASA Earth Science Advisory Committee is one of the FACA mandated committees that advises the agency. I served as chairman of this committee and facilitated relevant activities in that role.

2016-2017 SEC Academic Leadership Fellow: I was selected as one of four faculty leaders at the University of Georgia to participate in the SEC’s Leadership Fellows program. This program selects potential Academic leaders and immerses them within 1-year leadership and higher administration program with peers at UGA and across the SEC schools. 

Director, Atmospheric Sciences Program, University of Georgia (Current):  In this role, I direct the AMS and Federally-credential atmospheric sciences program. The program addresses the needs of students interested in studying meteorology or climate science. Under my leadership, the University of Georgia became the 78th membership of the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and a member of the WSI National Lightning Network. From 2008-2015, our program faculty has attracted over $12 million dollars in extramural grants, contributed over 110 peer-reviewed journals, and provided key experts to the media and nation on weather and climate topics. For example, in February 2013, I briefed the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works and in 2015 briefed members of the Congress and White House staff.  My colleagues and I are also frequently sought for major media appearances or Opinion Editorials. Our program is also notably regarded on the UGA campus and is well supported by University Administrators, including President Jere Morehead. In 2015, we proposed a new Atmospheric Sciences major at the University of Georgia. The program was approved by the State Board of Regents in August 2016. I also secured the program’s first major donor and endowment. In 2016, we partnered with the Office of Preparedness to make UGA the first SEC member of the WeatherSTEM network.

President of the American Meteorological Society (2013): The American Meteorological Society is one of the leading professional societies in the world, dedicated to weather, climate, and related sciences. As President of the organization, I was elected by the nearly 14,000 members and preside over the AMS Executive Council and Executive Committee, which overseas the organization and its multi-million dollar budget and portfolio.  I also provided vision and leadership on issues of the day facing the weather, climate, and related communities. AMS publishes several of the highest rated and cited journals in weather and climate fields and is seen as a key broker of information and leadership on weather/climate issues of the day. In this role, I also served as the U.S. representative to the International Federation of Meteorological Societies (IFMS). I also chaired the Executive Council and Executive Committee and led the annual performance review of the Executive Director.

International and National Advisory Roles: I have served as a member of the Nature Conservancy (Georgia) Board of Trustees, Board of Climate Central, Mothers and Others for Clean Air Partnership Council, NOAA Science Advisory Board, NOAA Climate Working Group, Department of Energy ARM Science Board, NSF Advisory Committee for Environmental Research and Education, NSF Committee of Visitors, Biocomplexity Program, Earth Science Subcommittee of the NASA Advisory Council, Mothers and Others for Clean Air Partnership Council, National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Director Search Committee, University Space Research Association (USRA) Earth Science Advisory Board, Department of Energy expert panel on Cool Roof Initiative and Climate Change, NASA/NOAA/Howard University Programmatic Advisory Committees and 2 National Academy of Science Studies (i. Implications of Climate Change on National Security and U.S. Naval Operations and ii. Urban Meteorology).  I have also served on a World Meteorological Organization advisory committee related to aerosols, clouds, and precipitation and the external review committee for NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and Hydrometeorological Prediction Center. I was also a contributing author to a chapter in the 2007 IPCC report (AR4).  At the University level, I also served on the 2013 UGA Provost Search Committee, the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Faculty Senate and the Center for Integrative Conservative Research (CICR) Executive Committee.

Host, Weather Channel WxGeeks (Current):  Weather Geeks is a pioneering national Sunday talk show/Podcast by The Weather Channel. The show discusses contemporary weather and climate topics. The show has garnered strong critical reviews and an Award from the American Meteorological Society.

Ted Talks: I have delivered two TED X talks that together have nearly 2 million views. One was featured on the TED website.

Editorships:  I have served as an editor for both the Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology (JAMC) and Geography Compass.  I have also served as the Climatology Editor for the Wiley/Association of American Geographers (AAG) Encyclopedia of Geography and the Associate Editor for Weather at the IEEE-sponsored Earthzine.

Former Deputy Project Scientist, NASA Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) Mission: While at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, I served as the Deputy Project Scientist on a major NASA mission seeking to measure precipitation from space. GPM will improve weather, climate, and hydrological forecasting and is slated for a 2014 launch date. In this role, I was a part of the scientific leadership team that interfaced with the engineers, NASA Headquarters staff, and international partners.  GPM is an approximately $1 billion dollar mission in aggregation.


2018                 AMS Helmut E. Landsberg Award

2017                 ESRI GIS Paper of the Year (shared award)

2017                 AMS Charles Franklin Brooks Award

2016                 Selected as SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow

2016                 Florida State University, Spring Undergraduate Commencement Speaker

2015                 Florida State University, Graduate Made Good (Highest Alumni Honor)

2015                 AAG Excellence In Media Award

2015                 Franklin College of Arts and Sciences General Sandy Beaver Award for Excellence in Teaching

2015           American Meteorological Society-National Weather Association C.L. Chandler Award to WxGeeks Team (shared with Weather Channel colleagues) for outstanding contributions to the community

2014                 Distinguished UGA Athletic Association Professor in the Social Sciences Departments

2014                 Captain Planet Foundation Protector of the Earth Award

2013                 UGA Athletic Association Professor in the Social Sciences Departments

2011                 Franklin College of Arts and Sciences Excellence in Diversity Leadership Award

2011                 Promoted to Full Professor at the University of Georgia

2011                 Received the AMS Charles Anderson Award

2011                 Outstanding Alumni Award, FSU Black Alumni Association

2010                 Awarded tenure at the University of Georgia

2010                 Nominated to attend 2010 UGA Teaching Academy Faculty Symposium

2009                 Inducted as a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society**

2007                 Contributing Author to Nobel Prize Winning IPCC AR4**

2005                 Black Enterprise Magazine “Hot List”

2005                 Network Journal Magazine “Forty under 40” recipient

2004                 Recipient of Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE)**

2004                 NASA.GSFC Group Award for Contributions to the JASON Project

2004                 Special Act Award (NASA OES)

2003                 Peer Award for Scientific Research

2002                 Recipient of NASA New Investigator Program Award

2001                 Laboratory for Atmospheres Outreach Award

2001                 NASA/GSFC Group Achievement Award

2001                 Special Act Award for superior performance of a special act (Horizon team)

2001                 Special Act Award for superior performance of a special act (Outreach Initiatives)

NASA Performance. (FY03,FY00,FY98,FY97,FY96,FY95,FY94)

1999                 1st African American to receive PhD in Meteorology from Florida State University**

1999                 NASA/GSFC Special Act Award for superior performance

1999                 NASA/GSFC Group Achievement Award-AGS Imager Team

1987-1993          American Meteorological Society (AMS)/TRW Industry Fellow

National Science Foundation (NSF) Fellow Competition (Honorable Mention)

Dolores Auzene Fellow (FSU).

Leslie N. Wilson Assistantship Recipient (FSU)

National Achievement Scholar

American Geological Institute Scholar

Chi Epsilon Pi Meteorology Honorary

Omicron Delta Kappa National Honorary

Who's Who Among College Students

Outstanding College Student of America

1990 National Collegiate Forecast Winner (Burlington, VT period).          

1987 High School Valedictorian, Cherokee High School


Courses Regularly Taught:
Selected Publications:

Books Authored or Co-Authored

2016    National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. Attribution of Extreme Weather 
Events in the Context of Climate Change (includes J.M. Shepherd as an author). Washington, DC: National Academies Press. DOI: 10.17226/21852.

2014    Bortz, F. and J.M. Shepherd, 2014:   Dr. Fred’s Neighborhood Weather Watch. McGraw-Hill Publishers. 
98 pp. 2nd Edition.

2012    National Research Council Committee on Urban Meteorology, 2012: Urban Meteorology: Scoping the 
problem, Defining the Need (includes J.M. Shepherd as author). The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C.

2011    National Research Council Committee on National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces (includes J.M. Shepherd as author), 2011: National Security Implications of Climate Change for U.S. Naval Forces, The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 226 pp.

2000    Bortz, F. and J.M. Shepherd, 2000:   Dr. Fred’s Neighborhood Weather Watch. McGraw-Hill Publishers. 
98 pp.

Books Edited or Co-Edited

Chapters in Books

2019    Shepherd, J.M., S.J. Burian, M. Jin, C. Liu, and B. Johnson, 2019: Two decades of urban hydroclimatological studies have yielded discovery and societal benefits. Satellite Precipitation Measurement Edited by V. Levizanni, C. Kidd, D. Kirschbaum, C. Kummerow, K. Kummerov, and J. Turk

2019    Shultz, J. M., J. P. Kossin, J. M. Shepherd, C. Ettman, J. M. Ransdell, G. V. Desir, and S. Galea, 2019: Tropical cyclone impacts on island-based populations: The 2017 Atlantic hurricane basin’s perfect storm season. Submitted to the Oxford Handbook of Complex Disaster Risks, Shultz, J. M., Rechkemmer, A., Johnson, N. (eds.). New York, NY, Oxford University Press. (Submitted)

2017    Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2017: The Brown Ocean Effect: Re-intensification of Landfallling Tropical Cyclones. Hurricanes and Climate Change, In: Collins J., Walsh K. (eds) Hurricanes and Climate Change. Springer, Cham. 117-134. doi:

2016    Mitra, C. and Shepherd, M., 2016:  Urban Precipitation: A global perspective. The Routledge Handbook 
of Urbanization and Global Environment Change. Edited by Karen C. Seto and William Solecki, 
Routledge, 581 pp.

2014    Shepherd, M. 2014: Space-based measurement of precipitation. Contributed essay in The Atmosphere, 
13th Edition by Frederick Lutgens and Edward Tarbuck, Pearson, 466 pp.

2013     Hossain, F., A.M. Degu, A.T. Woldemichael, W Yigzaw, C. Mitra, J.M. Shepherd, and AHM Siddique-E   Akbor, 2013: Water Resources Vulnerability in the Context of Rapid Urbanization of Dhaka City (a South Asian Megacity). Climate Vulnerability. Ed. Roger Pielke. Elsevier, 1570 pp.

2013    Shepherd, J.M., 2013: Impacts of Urbanization on Precipitation and Storms: Physical Insights 
and Vulnerabilities. Climate Vulnerability. Ed. Roger Pielke. Elsevier, 1570 pp.

2013    Vose, J., T.L. Mote, J.M. Shepherd, B. KC, and C. Strother, 2013:  Framing the future in the southern 
United States: Climate, land use and forest conditions. Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation 
Management Options. Eds. J. Vose and K. Klepzig. Routledge. pp 9-43.

2013    Quattrochi, D. with K. Dow, J. Gaffney, P. Long, S. McNulty, M. Shepherd, S. Shuford, and B. Stone

2013: Climate interactions with the built environment in the Southeast USA, in Climate of the Southeast United States: Variability, Change, Impacts, and Vulnerability, NCA Regional Inputs Report, Eds. K. Ingram et al. Springer, pp 86-108. DOI:  10.5822/978-1-61091-509-0_5

2010    **Shepherd, J.M., J.A. Stallins, M. Jin, and T.L. Mote, 2010:  Urban effects on precipitation and 
associated convective process. The Routledge Handbook of Human Ecology. Eds. Ian Douglas et al. Taylor and Francis Books, 688 pp.

2010    Shepherd, J.M., 2010:  Essay entitled “Urbanization and its effects on key atmospheric and 
surface water cycle.” In Principles of Water Resources, 3rd Edition by T. Cech. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 
546 pp.

2010    **Shepherd, J.M., W. Shem, M. Manyin, L. Hand, and D. Messen, 2010: Modeling Urban 
effects on the precipitation component of the water cycle. Invited chapter for the book: Geospatial Analysis and Modeling of Urban Environments. Eds. X. Yao and H. Jaing. Springer Book Series and GIScience, 445 pp.

2009    **Didier, T, P. Artaxo, S. Yuter, and Y. Kaufman with contributing authors J.M. Shepherd, Z Levin, U. Baltensperger, G. Feingold, 2009:  Chapter 5: Observational studies of the effects of aerosols on clouds and precipitation, Assessment of the Effects of Pollution on Precipitation. Eds. Levin, Z., and W. Cotton. Commissioned by The World Meteorological Organization/IUGG. International Aerosol Precipitation Science Assessment Group (IAPSAG). Springer. 386 pp.

2008    *Mitra C., Shepherd J.M., and Jordan T. R., 2008: Assessment and dynamics of the urban 
growth in the city of Kolkata, India. Eds. A.K. Dutt, V. Wadhwa, B. Thakur, and G.M. Pomeroy. Social Geography for the 21st Century. (Contract with) Concept Publishing Company. New Delhi (In Press).

2008    Reynolds, S., Burian, S., Shepherd, J.M., and Manyin, M., 2008: Chapter 7: Urban induced rainfall modifications on urban hydrologic response. In: Reliable Modeling of Urban Water Systems. Edited by W. James et al. Computational Hydraulics International. Guelph, Ontario, CA. pp. 99-122.

2008    **Hou, A.Y., G.S. Jackson, C. Kummerow, and J.M. Shepherd, 2008:  The Global Precipitation Measurement Mission. Precipitation: Advances in measurement, estimation, and prediction. Edited by Silas Michaelides. Springer. 540 pp.

2007    * and **Lead Authors:  Trenberth, K.E., P.D. Jones, P. Ambenje, R. Bojariu, D. Easterling, A. 
Klein Tank, D. Parker, F. Rahimzadeh, J.A. Renwick, M. Rusticucci, B. Soden and P. Zhai  Contributing Authors: R. Adler (USA), L. Alexander (UK, Australia, Ireland), H. Alexandersson (Sweden), R. Allan (UK), M.P. Baldwin (USA), M. Beniston (Switzerland), D. Bromwich (USA), I. Camilloni (Argentina), C. Cassou (France), D.R. Cayan (USA), E.K.M. Chang (USA), J. Christy (USA), A. Dai (USA), C. Deser (USA), N. Dotzek (Germany), J. Fasullo (USA), R. Fogt (USA), C. Folland (UK), P. Forster (UK), M. Free (USA), C. Frei (Switzerland), B. Gleason (USA), J. Grieser (Germany), P. Groisman (USA, Russian Federation), S. Gulev (Russian Federation), J. Hurrell (USA), M. Ishii (Japan), S. Josey (UK), P. Kållberg (ECMWF), J. Kennedy (UK), G. Kiladis (USA), R. Kripalani (India), K. Kunkel (USA), C.-Y. Lam (China), J. Lanzante (USA), J. Lawrimore (USA), D. Levinson (USA), B. Liepert (USA), G. Marshall (UK), C. Mears (USA), P. Mote (USA), H. Nakamura (Japan), N. Nicholls (Australia), J. Norris (USA), T. Oki (Japan), F.R. Robertson (USA), K. Rosenlof (USA), F.H. Semazzi (USA), D. Shea (USA), J.M. Shepherd (USA), T.G. Shepherd (Canada), S. Sherwood (USA), P. Siegmund (Netherlands), I. Simmonds (Australia), A. Simmons (ECMWF, UK), C. Thorncroft (USA, UK), P. Thorne (UK), S. Uppala (ECMWF), R. Vose (USA), B. Wang (USA), S. Warren (USA), R. Washington (UK, South Africa), M. Wheeler (Australia), B. Wielicki (USA), T. Wong (USA), D. Wuertz (USA), 2007: Observations: Surface and Atmospheric Climate Change. In: Climate Change 2007: The Physical Science Basis. Contribution of Working Group I to the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).  Eds. Solomon, S., D. Qin, M. Manning, Z. Chen, M. Marquis, K.B. Averyt, M. Tignor and H.L. Miller. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. United Kingdom and New York, NY, USA, 235-336.
Note: The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change shared in the Nobel Prize (2007).

2007    **Imhoff, M., L. Bounani, and J.M. Shepherd, 2007:  The gray wave.  Our Changing Planet: A View from Space. Eds. Robin G. Williams, Kim Partington, Claire Parkinson, and Michael D. King. Cambridge University Press. 500 pp.

2007    **Smith, A., G. Asrar, Y. Furuhama, A. Ginati, C. Kummerow, V. Levizzani, A. Mugnai, K. Nakamura, R. Adler, V. Casse, M. Cleave, M. Debois, J. Durning, J. Entin, P. Houser, T. Iguchi, R. Kakar, J. Kaye, M. Kojima, D. Lettenmaier, M. Luther, A. Mehta, P. Morel, T. Nakazawa, S. Neeck, K. Okamoto, R. Oki, G. Raju, J.M. Shepherd, E. Stocker, J. Testud, and E. Wood, 2007: International Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) program and mission: An overview. Measuring Precipitation from Space - EURAINSAT and the future. Eds. V. Levizzani, P. Bauer, and F. J. Turk. Springer, 611-653.

2004    Burian, S.J., J.M. Shepherd, and P. Hooshialsadat, 2004:  “Urbanization impacts on Houston rainstorms.” Innovative Modeling of Urban Water Systems. Monograph 12. Edited by W. James.  pp. 1-22.


2019    Haupt, S., S. Hanna, M. Askleson, M. Shepherd, M. Fragomeni, N. Debbage, and B. Johnson, 2018: 100 Years of Scientific Research at AMS, 100 years of Progress in Applied Meteorology. Part II: Applications that Address Growing Populations. AMS Monograph (In Press).

2018    Haupt, S., B. Kosovic, S. McIntosh, F. Chen, K. Miller, M. Shepherd, M. Williams, and S. Drobot, 2018: 100 Years of Scientific Research at AMS, 100 years of Progress in Applied Meteorology. Part III: Additional Applications. AMS Monograph,

2010    **Shepherd, J.M., J.A. Stallins, M. Jin, and T.L. Mote, 2010: Urbanization: Impacts on clouds, precipitation, and lightning. Monograph on Urban Ecological Ecosystems. Eds.  Jacqueline Peterson and Astrid Volder. American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America- Soil Science Society of America, 354 pp.

2003    Tao, W.-K., R. Adler, D. Baker, S. Braun, M.-D. Chou, M. Jasinski, Y. Jia, R. Kakar, S. Lamg, W. K.-M. Lau, B. Lynn, M. Karyampudi, Z.-X. Pu, J.M. Shepherd, J. Simpson, D. Starr, Y. Wang, W. Weinman and P. Wetzel, 2003: Regional scale modeling at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Recent Research Developments in Atmospheric Science. Research Signpost. Volume 2, 52 pp.

Journal Articles (Peer-Reviewed)

2019    Warren, M., J.M. Shepherd, and M. Williams, 2019: Recent Spatiotemporal Trends In Southern Appalachian Forest Fire Activity. Southeastern Geographer. (Submitted)

2019    Bosma C., D. Wright, Ph.D., P. Nguyen,  J. Kossin, D. Herndon, and J.M. Shepherd, 2019: An intuitive metric to quantify and communicate tropical cyclone rainfall hazard. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (AMS). (Submitted).

2018    Rudd, M.A., A.F.P. Moore, D. Rochberg, L. Bianchi-Fossati, M.A. Brown, D. D'Onofrio, C.A. Furman, J. 
Garcia, B. Jordan, J. Kline, L.M. Risse, P.L. Yager, J. Abbinett, M. Alber, J.E. Bell, C. Bhedwar, K.M. Cobb, J. Cohen, M. Cox, M. Dormer, N. Dunkley, H. Farley, J. Gambill, M. Goldstein, G. Harris, M. Hopkinson, J.-A. James, S. Kidd, P. Knox, Y. Liu, D.C. Matisoff, M.D. Meyer, J.D. Mitchem, K. Moore, A.J. Ono, J. Philipsborn, S. Saha, P.J. Schramm, K.M. Sendall, F. Shafiei, M. Shepherd, V. Sims, J. Teebken, and A.N. Worley. 2018. Climate research priorities for policy-makers, practitioners, and scientists in Georgia, USA, Environmental Management, Volume 62, Issue 2, pp 190–209.

2018    Debbage, N., and J.M. Shepherd, 2018: Determining the influence of urbanization on the spatiotemporal characteristics of runoff and precipitation during the 2009 Atlanta flood using a coupled land surface-atmospheric model. J. of Hydrometeorology. (In Press)

2018     Shultz J.M. J.M. Shepherd, I. Kelman, A. Rechkemmher, and S. Galea, 2018: Mitigating tropical cyclone risks and health consequences: urgencies and innovations, The Lancet: Planetary Health, Vol. 2, Issue 3, PE103-E104, DOI:

2018    Shultz J.M. J.P. Kossin, J.M. Shepherd, Ransdell, R. Walshe, I. Kelman, and S. Galea, 2018: Hurricane 
risks, health consequences, and response challenges for small island based populations: Observations from the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. Disaster Med Public Health Prep.

2018    Nair., U., Rappin, E.,  Foshee, E., Smith, W., Pielke Sr., R., Mahmood, R., Case, J., Blankenship, C., Shepherd, J.M., Santanello, J., and D. Niyogi, 2018: Influence of Land Cover and Soil Moisture based Brown Ocean Effect on an Extreme Rainfall Event from a Louisiana Gulf Coast Tropical System, Scientific Reports (Submitted).

2017    Williams, Marcus D., Hawley, Christie M.S., Madden, Marguerite, and Shepherd, J. M., 2017: Mapping the spatio-temporal evolution of irrigation in the Coastal Plain of Georgia, USA. Photogrammetric Engineering & Remote Sensing. 83(1): 57-67. 11 p.

2017     Johnson, B., and J.M., Shepherd, 2017: An urban-based climatology of winter precipitation in the        Northeast United States. Urban Climate. Accepted.

2017    Debbage, N., and J.M., Shepherd 2017: The influence of urban development patterns on streamflow
characteristics. Water Resources Research. Accepted

2017    Ray, P.S., and J.M, Shepherd, 2017: Tracking a hurricane center and eye radius with incoherent radar. 
International Journal of Remote Sensing. Submitted.

2017      Grundstein, A., J.M. Shepherd, P. Miller, and S. Sarnat, 2017: The Role of Mesoscale-Convective 
Processes in Explaining the 21 November 2016 Epidemic Thunderstorm Asthma Event in Melbourne, Australia. J. Appl. Meteor. and Clim.

2017    Niyogi, D., M. Lei, C. Kishtawal, P. Schmid, and J.M. Shepherd, 2017: Urbanization impacts on the 
summer heavy rainfall climatology over the Eastern United States. Earth Interactions. Doi: 

2017    McLeod, J., J.M. Shepherd, and C. Konrad, 2017: Spatio-Temporal Rainfall Patterns Around Atlanta, 
Georgia and Possible Relationships to Urban Land Cover. Urban Climate, 21, 27-42.

2017    Debbage, N., P. Miller, S. Poore, K. Morano, T. Mote, and J.M. Shepherd, 2016: A Climatology of 
Atmospheric River Interactions with the Southeastern United States Coastline. Int. J. of Climatology. doi: 10.1002/joc.5000

2016    Grundstein, A., J.M., Shepherd, and S. Duzinski, 2016: Do Inflatable Bounce Houses Pose Heat-Related Hazards to Children? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.

2016    Shepherd, J.M., S. Burian, C. Lui, and S. Bernardes, 2016: Satellite Precipitation Metrics To Study The 
Energy-Water-Food Nexus within the Backdrop of an Urbanized Globe. Earthzine,

2016    Shepherd, J.M., and P. Knox, 2016: The Paris COP21 Climate Conference: What Does It Mean for the 
Southeast? Southeastern Geographer,

2016    Johnson Gaither, C., D. Himmelfarb, S. Hitchner, J. Schelhas, J.M. Shepherd, and B. KC, 2016. “Where the sidewalk ends”: examining the potential for climate change mitigation in Atlanta’s cascade community, City and Society (In Press).

2016    Sailor, D., J.M. Shepherd, S. Sheridan, B. Stone, L. K Kalkstein, A. Russell, J. Vargo, and T. Andersen, 

2016: Improving Heat-Related Health Outcomes in an Urban Environment with Science-based Policy. 
Sustainability, 8, 1015; doi:10.3390/su8101015

2016    Schroeder, A., J. Basara, J.M. Shepherd, and S. Nelson, 2016: Insights into atmospheric contributors to urban flash flooding across the United States using an analysis of rawinsonde data and associated calculated parameters. J. of Appl. Meteor. and Clim. DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-14-0232.1

2015    Debbage, N., B. Bereitschaft, and J.M. Shepherd, 2015: Sensitivity of spatial metrics to land use classification scheme when assessing urban sprawl among large U.S. metropolitan areas. Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy. 1-29. doi: 10.1007/s12061-016-9190-6

2015      Shepherd, J.M., and B. KC, 2015: Climate Change and African Americans in the United States. Geography Compass, 9/11, 579-591,10.1111/gec3.12244.

2015      Debbage, N., and J.M. Shepherd, 2015: The urban heat island effect and city contiguity. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. Volume 54, November 2015, 181–194.

2015    KC, Binita, J.M. Shepherd, and C. Johnson, 2015: Climate change vulnerability assessment in Georgia. Applied Geography, DOI: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2015.04.007.

2015    Shultz, J., J.M. Shepherd, R. Bagrodia, and Z. Espinel, 2015: Tropical cyclones in a year of rising global 
temperatures and a strengthening El Niño Disaster Health, Vol 2, Issue 3-4, 151-162.

2015    Bounaoua, L., P. Zhang, G. Mostovoy, K. Thome, J. Masek, M. Imhoff, J. M. Shepherd, D. Quattrochi, J. Santanello, J. Silva, R. Wolfe, and A. Toure: 2015 Impact of urbanization on US surface climate. Env. Research Letters, 10(8), DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/10/8/084010.

2015     Williams, M., S. Goodrick, A. Grundstein, and J.M. Shepherd, 2015:  Comparison of Dew Point Temperature Estimation Methods in Southwestern Georgia. Physical Geography, 36, 255-266.

2015    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, 746-760.

2014    Shepherd, J.M., 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(3). DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2014.887428.

2014    Chang, I., M. Bentley, and J.M. Shepherd, 2014: A global climatology of extreme rainfall events in the inner core of intense tropical cyclones, Physical Geography, Vol 35, 478-496.

2014    Debbage, N., N. Gonsalves, J.M. Shepherd and J. Knox, 2014:  Superstorm Sandy and Voter Vulnerability in the 2012 US Presidential Election: A Case Study of New Jersey and Connecticut. Environmental Hazards, 13, 181-199.

2014    Gustafson, S., N. Heynen, J. Rice, Gragson, J.M. Shepherd, and C. Strother, 2014: Megapolitan Political Ecology and Urban Metabolism in Southern Appalachia. Professional Geographer. 66, 

2014    Maier, G., A. Grundstein, W. Jang, C. Li, L. Naeher, and J.M. Shepherd, 2014:  Assessing the 
performance of a vulnerability index during oppressive heat across Georgia. Weather, Climate, and Society, doi:

2014    Mahmood, R.; R. Pielke, Sr., K. Hubbard, D.Niyogi, P. Dirmeyer, C. McAlpine, A. Carleton, R. Hale,  S. Gameda, A. Beltrán-Przekurat, B. Baker, R. McNider, D. Legates, J.M. Shepherd, J. Du, P. Blanken, O. Frauenfeld, U. Nair, and S. Fall, 2014:  Land cover changes and their biogeophysical effects on climate Int. J. Climatol. 10.1002/joc.3736.

2013    Shepherd, J.M., T. Anderson, L. Bounoua, A. Horst, C. Mitra, and C. Strother, 2013:  Urban Climate Archipelagos:  A new framework for urban-climate interactions. IEEE Earthzine, published online at

2013    Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2013: A global spatiotemporal analysis of inland tropical cyclone
maintenance or intensification. Int. J. of Clim., DOI: 10.1002/joc.3693. Note: Featured in NASA Press Release.

2013    Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2013:  Floods in a changing climate. Geography Compass. 7, I, 95–115.

2013    Andersen, T., D.E. Radcliffe, and J.M. Shepherd, 2013: Quantifying Surface Energy Fluxes in the Vicinity of Inland-Tracking Tropical Cyclones. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, J. Appl., 52, 2797–2808. 

2012    Shepherd, J.M., 2012: What we can learn from the satellite-based rainfall footprint of Superstorm Sandy: a preliminary synopsis. Earthzine.

2012     Shem, W., T.L. Mote, and J.M. Shepherd, 2012:  Validation of Narccap climate products for forest resource applications in the southeast United States. Atmospheric Science Letters, 13,DOI: 10.1002/asl.395

2012    Hossain, F., A. Degu, A. Woldemicahel, W. Yigzaw, S. Burian, D. Niyogi, J.M. Shepherd, and R. Pielke, 
Sr., 2012: Climate Feedback–Based provisions for dam design, operations, and water management in the 21st century. J. of Hydrologic Engineering, 1-14.

2012    Zhao, Fang, J.M. Shepherd, 2012: Precipitation Changes near Three Gorges Dam, China. Part I: A Spatiotemporal Validation Analysis. J. Hydrometeor, 13, 735–745. doi:

2012    Carter, W.M., J.M. Shepherd, S. Burian, and I. Jeyachandran, 2012: Integration of lidar data into a coupled mesoscale-land surface model:  A theoretical assessment of sensitivity of urban-coastal mesoscale circulations to urban canopy. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology. doi:

2011    Mitra, C., J.M. Shepherd and T. Jordan, 2011: On the relationship between the pre-monsoonal rainfall climatology and urban land cover dynamics in Kolkata city, India. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2366.

2011    Shepherd, J.M., 2011: Carbon, Climate Change, and Controversy. Animal Frontiers, Vol. 1,

2011    Shepherd, J.M., and T.L. Mote, 2011: Can Cities Create Their Own Snowfall?: What observations are 
required to find out? Earthzine, Special Urban Monitoring Theme Issue.

2011    Shepherd, J.M., T.L. Mote, S. Nelson, S. McCutcheon, P. Knox, M. Roden, and J. Dowd, 2011: An 
overview of synoptic and mesoscale factors contributing to the disastrous Atlanta flood of 2009, Bull. of 
the Am. Meteor. Soc. 92, 861-870. doi: 10.1175/2010BAMS3003.1. Note: UGA issued a press release on this paper.

2011    Zhao, F., and J.M. Shepherd, 2011: Precipitation Changes near Three Gorges Dam, China-Part I: A 
Spatio-Temporal Validation Analysis. J. of Hydrometeor. doi: 10.1175/JHM-D-11-061.1.

2011    Niyogi, P. Pyle, M. Lei, S.Arya, C. Kishtawal, J.M. Shepherd, F. Chen, and B. Wolfe, 2011:  Urban
modification of thunderstorms: Urban Modification of Thunderstorms - An Observational Storm Climatology and Model Case Study for the Indianapolis Urban Region.. J. of Appl. Meteor. and Clim.,50, 1129-1144.

2011    Hossain*, F. A. M. Degu*, D. Niyogi, S. Burian, J.M. Shepherd, R. Pielke Sr.(2011). Climate Feedback-based Considerations to Dam Design, Operations and Water Management in the 21st Century, ASCE J. Hydrologic Engineering, (doi:10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0000541).

2011    Andersen, T., and J.M. Shepherd, 2011:  Seasonal predictability of tornadic activity using antecedent soil moisture conditions. Earthzine,   activity-using-antecedent-soil-moisture-conditions/.

2011    Mitra, C., T. Jordan, and J.M. Shepherd, 2011: Growth of Kolkata, India-Past, present, and future: a synergistic analysis using cartographic, GIS, remote sensing, and cellular automata modeling. Professional Geographer (Conditionally Accepted).

2011    Degu, A.M., F. Hossain, D. Niyogi, R. Pielke, J.M. Shepherd, N. Voisin, and T. Chronis, 2011: The influence of large dams on surrounding climate and precipitation patterns. Geophysical Research Letters, Vol. 38, doi: 10.1029/2010GL046482.

2010    Shepherd, J.M., W.M. Carter, M. Manyin, D. Messen, and S. Burian, 2010:  The impact of urbanization on current and future coastal convection:  A case study for Houston. Environment And Planning B , 37, 284-304.

2010    Jin, M., J.M. Shepherd, and W. Zheng,  2011: Urban Surface Temperature Reduction via the Urban Aerosol Direct Effect: A Remote Sensing and WRF Model Sensitivity Study. Advances in Meteorology, vol. 2010, Article ID 681587, 14 po. 2010. doi:10.1155/2010/681587.

2010    Mahmood, R., R. Pielke Sr., K. Hubbard, D. Niyogi, G. Bonan, P. Lawrence, B. Baker, R. McNider, C. McAlpine, A. Etter, S. Gameda, B. Qian, A. Carleton, A.B.-Przekurat, T. Chase, A. Quintanar, J. Adegoke, S. Vezhapparambu, G. Conner, S. Asefi, E. Sertel, D. Legates, Y. Wu, R. Hale, O. Frauenfeld, A. Watts, M. Shepherd, C. Mitra, V. Anantharajan, S. Fall, R. Lund, A. Nordfelt, P. Blanken, J. Du, H. Chang, R. Leeper, U. Nair, S. Dobler, R. Deo, and J. Syjtus, 2010:  Impacts of land use land cover change on climate and future research priorities. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 91, 37-46.

2010    Han, W.S., Burian, S.J., and Shepherd, J.M. 2010:  Assessment of satellite-based rainfall estimates in urban areas in different geographic and climatic regions. Natural Hazards (published online, DOI 10.1007/s11069-010-9585-7).

2010    Stafford, S. G., D.M. Bartels, S. Begay-Campbell, J.L. Bubier, J. C. Crittenden, S.L. Cutter, 
J.L.Delaney, T.E. Jordan,  A. C. Kay, G.D.Libecap, J.C. Moore, N.N. Rababais, D. Rejeski, O.E. Sala, J.M. Shepherd, and J.Travis.  2010: Now Is the Time for Action: Transitions and Tipping Points in Complex Environmental Systems. Environment:  Science and Policy for Sustainable
Development, 52: 1, 38-45 Doi: 10.1080/00139150903481882.

2010    Jordan, T. E.,  O. E. Sala, S. G. Stafford, D. M. Bartels,  S. Begay-Campbell, J. L. Bubier,  J.  C. 
Crittenden, S. L. Cutter, J. R. Delaney,  A. C. Kay,  G. D. Libecap, J. C. Moore, N. N. Rabalais, D.
Rejeski, J. M. Shepherd, A. Tessier, and J. Travis.  Tipping our Science: New NSF Report Recommends Interdisciplinary Approach to Study Natural and Social Systems. EOS, 91, 143.

2009    Kishtawal, C., D. Niyogi, M. Tewari, R. Pielke Sr., and M. Shepherd, 2009:  Urbanization signature in the observed heavy rainfall climatology over India.  International Journal of Climatology. DOI: 10.1002/joc.2044. 

2009    **Shepherd, J.M., D. Niyogi, and T.L. Mote, 2009: A seasonal-scale climatological analysis 
correlating spring tornadic activity with antecedent fall-winter drought in the Southeastern United States. Environmental Research Letters. 4, 7 pp.   doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/4/2/024012. Note: UGA issued a press release on this paper.

2009    Seto, K., and J.M. Shepherd, 2009: Global urban land-use trends and climate impacts. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, doi:10.1016/j.cosust.2009.07.012.

2009    Hand, L., and J.M. Shepherd, 2009:  An investigation of warm season spatial rainfall variability 
in Oklahoma City: Possible linkages to urbanization and prevailing wind. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol. 48, 251–269.

2009    Zhou, Y., and J.M. Shepherd, 2009:  Atlanta’s urban heat island under extreme heat conditions. Natural Hazards. 10.1007/s11069-009-9406-z, 30 pp.

2009    Lacke, M., T.L. Mote, and J.M. Shepherd, 2009: Aerosols and Associated Precipitation Patterns in Atlanta, Atmospheric Environment. doi:10.1016/j.atmosenv.2009.04.022.

2009    Durkee, J. D., T. L. Mote, and J. M. Shepherd, 2009: The contribution of mesoscale convective complexes to rainfall across subtropical South America. Journal of Climate. 22, 4590-4605.

2009    Chang, H. D. Niyogi, A. Kumar,  C. Kishtawal, J. Dudhia, F. Chen, U.C. Mohanty, and  J.M. Shepherd,

2009: Possible relation between land surface feedback and the post-landfall structure of monsoon depression. Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1029/2009GL037781.

2008    Shepherd, J.M., and T. Knutson, 2008: Teaching and learning guide for: The current debate on the linkage between global warming and hurricanes. Geography Compass. Vol. 2. DOI: 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00120.x.

2008    Shem, W,  and J.M. Shepherd, 2009:  On the impact of urbanization on summertime thunderstorms in Atlanta:  Two numerical model case studies. Atmospheric Research. 92, 172-189.

2008    Jin, M., and J.M. Shepherd, 2008:  Aerosol relationships to warm season clouds and rainfall at monthly scales over east China: Urban land versus ocean. J. Geophys. Res. 113, D24S90, doi:10.1029/2008JD010276.

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

2007    Shepherd, J.M., and T. Knutson, 2007: The current debate on the linkage between global 
warming and hurricanes. Geography Compass. 1 (1). 1–24. doi:10.1111/j.1749-8198.2006.00002.x. Note: This paper has consistently been in the top 10 viewed papers online for this journal according to publisher.

2007    Shepherd, J. M., A. Grundstein, and T. L. Mote, 2007:  Quantifying the contribution of tropical cyclones to extreme rainfall along the coastal southeastern United States. Geophys. Res. Lett. 34, L23810, doi:10.1029/2007GL031694. Note: Funding sponsor, NASA, issued a press release on this paper.

2007    Jin, M., M. Shepherd, and C. Peters-Lidard, 2007: Development of a parameterization for simulating the urban temperature hazard using satellite observations in a climate model. Nat. Hazards. doi 10.1007/s11069-007-9117-2.

2007    Mote, T.L., M.C. 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.

2006    **Shepherd, J.M., 2006:  Evidence of urban-induced precipitation variability in arid climate regimes. Journal of Arid Environments. 10.1016/j.jaridenv.2006.03.022.  Note: UGA and NASA issued a press release on this paper. 

2006    Elaine M. Prins, Christopher S. Velden, Jeffrey D. Hawkins, F. Joseph Turk, Jaime M. Daniels, Gerald J. Dittberner, Kenneth Holmlund, Robbie E. Hood, Arlene G. Laing, Shaima L. Nasiri, Jeffery J. Puschell, M. Shepherd, and John V. Zapotocny, 2006: 13th AMS Conference on Satellite Meteorology and Oceanography. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. 87, 633–637.

2005    Shepherd, J.M., 2005: A review of current investigations of urban-induced rainfall and recommendations for the future. Earth Interactions. Vol. 9. No. 12, 1–27. 

2005    Burian, S.J. and J. M. Shepherd, 2005:  Effects of urbanization on the diurnal rainfall pattern in Houston. Hydrological Processes: Special Issue on Rainfall and Hydrological Processes. 19, 1089-1103.

2005    Jin, M., M. Shepherd, and M. D. King, 2005: Urban aerosols and their variations with clouds and rainfall: A case study for New York and Houston. J. Geophys. Res. 110, D10S20, doi:10.1029/2004JD005081. 

2005    Jin, M., and M. Shepherd, 2005: Inclusion of urban landscape in a climate model: How Can Satellite Data Help? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Vol. 86. No. 5, 681–689.

2004    Shepherd, J.M., and M. Jin, 2004: Linkages between the urban environment and Earth’s climate 
system. EOS. 85, 227-228.

2004    Shepherd, J.M., L. Taylor, and C. Garza, 2004: A dynamic multi-criteria technique for siting 
NASA-Clark Atlanta rain gauge network. J. of Atm. and Oceanic Technology. 21, 1346-1363.

2004    Shepherd, J.M., 2004: "A reply to Diem et al.'s commentary on A recent literature contribution focused on urban-induced rainfall in Atlanta."  J. of Appl. Meteor. Vol.  43. 951-957.

2003    **Shepherd, J.M., and S.J. Burian, 2003:  Detection of urban-induced rainfall anomalies in a major coastal city. Earth Interactions. 7, 1-14. Note: Paper was featured in August 2003 edition of Time magazine.

2002    **Shepherd, J.M., Harold Pierce, and A. J. Negri, 2002:  On rainfall modification by major urban areas:  Observations from space-borne radar on TRMM. Journal of Applied Meteorology. 41, 689-701. 

2001    Shepherd, J.M., Brad S. Ferrier, and Peter S. Ray, 2001:  Rainfall morphology in Florida convergence zones:  A numerical study. Monthly Weather Review. 129, 177-197.

2001    Michaels, M. J.M. Shepherd, S. Aberson, K. Murphy, and H. Friedman, 2001:  Survey results of society membership:  The face of our profession at the threshold of the new millennium. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society. Bull. of  Amer. Meteo. Soc. 82, 1331-1352.

1996    G.M. Heymsfield, I,J. Caylor, J.M. Shepherd, and W.B. Olson, 1996:  Structure of Florida Thunderstorms Using High-Altitude Aircraft Radiometer and Radar Observations. Journal of Applied Meteorology. 35, 1736-1762.

Bulletins or Reports

2008    Mitra, C., J.M. Shepherd, and T. Jordan, 2008:  The dynamics of urban growth in Kolkata, India and Potential impacts on pre-monsoon precipitation. Urban Climate News:  Quarterly Newsletter of  IAUC (International Association of Urban Climate).  (Issue 28, Page 11). Available at

2002    Shepherd, J.M., and E.A. Smith, 2002: Bridging from TRMM to GPM to 3-Hourly Precipitation Estimates. NASA Technical Memorandum-2002-211602-GPM Report 7. Available at NASA/GSFC, 1-7.

2002    Shepherd, J.M. and AV. Mehta, 2002: Summary of First GPM Partners Planning Workshop. NASA Conference Publication-2002-210012-GPM Report 1, Available at NASA/GSFC. 1-37.

1993    Paxton, C. and J.M. Shepherd, 1993: NOAA Technical Memorandum NWS SR-149 Radar diagnostic parameters as indicators of severe weather in Central Florida.  Scientific Services Division-Southern Region, June. 11 pp.

Abstracts/Peer-Reviewed Conference Proceedings

2009    Shepherd, J.M., and T.L. Mote, 2009:  Urban effects on rainfall variability:  Potential implications for Georgia’s water supply. Proceedings of the 2009 Georgia Water Resources Conference. 6 pp. 

2004    Burian, S.J., P. Hooshialsadat, S. Reynolds, and J.M. Shepherd, 2004:  “Effect of cities on rainfall and the implications for drainage design.” Critical Transitions in Water and Environmental Resources Management. Proceedings of the World Water and Environmental Resources Congress. Edited by G. Sehlke, D.F. Hayes, D.K. Stevens. ASCE. New York, NY. 


Articles featuring James Marshall Shepherd

Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 12:03pm

Various news outlets recently reported a fatal accident involving a motorcycle rider being struck by lightning. This is a tragic incident. It comes several days after I watched jaw-dropping video of lightning striking a tree at the Women's U.S. Open golf tournament.

James Marshall Shepherd
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:58am

A strange convergence led to this essay. 

James Marshall Shepherd
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:56am

As a former NASA earth system scientist, I am quite familiar with the wonders of our planet and how satellite-based remote sensing can reveal them. 

James Marshall Shepherd
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:52am

CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller, "Over 40% of Greenland experienced melting yesterday, with total ice loss estimated to be more than 2 gigatons (a gigaton is equal to 1 billion tons)."

James Marshall Shepherd
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 11:29am

By: Alan Flurry

With the 2019 hurricane season officially beginning June 1, there's another potential obstacle to predicting monster storms.

James Marshall Shepherd