Andrew Carleton

Andrew Carleton

Office Address: 
307 Walker
Department of Geography

  • climatology
  • synoptic climatology
  • climate dynamics
  • climate impacts of aviation contrails
  • human impacts on climate
  • climate variability and change
  • land surface-climate interactions
  • polar climatology
  • polar lows
  • Southern Ocean
  • Antarctica

Dr. Andrew M. Carleton is a Professor of Physical Geography, with research and teaching activities in Synoptic Climatology, Satellite Climatology, Polar Climates, Climate Variations, Environmental Climatology, and Paleoclimatology. He is a graduate of the University of Adelaide (Australia), where he obtained both his Bachelor’s and Masters Degrees in Geography, and also the University of Colorado (Ph.D.).  In addition to his appointment in Geography, Dr. Carleton has affiliations with the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute, and The Polar Center. He is the author of a monograph on satellite remote sensing in climatology, and co-author (with Roger Barry) of Synoptic and Dynamic Climatology (2001). In addition to chapters in edited books on climatology, geography, and environmental science, Dr. Carleton is an author on more than 75 peer-reviewed journal articles, including Nature, Journal of Climate, and Journal of Geophysical Research.

Themes connecting the above-noted areas of Dr. Carleton’s research in “climate dynamics” include: (1) Satellite data applications to studying climate variations; (2) Climatic perspectives acquired through statistical analysis of synoptic (e.g., pressure systems, fronts) and dynamic (atmospheric general circulation) phenomena; (3) Past climate-environmental changes on centennial to millennial time scales (evidence and causes); and (4) Physical (e.g., meteorological, glaciological) processes to explain climate variations and changes. 

Dr. Carleton’s teaching activities include undergraduate courses in physical geography and climatology, from the G210 course “Geographic Perspectives on Earth System Science” to the intermediate-level course in climate dynamics (G310 Global Climates)— both “intensive writing” (W) and non-W, or field/practical-based option— through upper-division courses in climate change and variability (G410) and satellite climatology (G417).  In addition, Dr. Carleton teaches the graduate-level seminar “Human Impacts on Climate” (G510) that appeals to nature-society and human geographers as well as other Earth and environmental scientists.  The upper-division undergraduate and graduate courses count toward the new dual title Ph.D. in Climate Science.