Robert C. Balling, Jr.

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Dr. Balling has a long history of conducting research on the climate change issue with a special interest in blending in applications involving Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Many of Dr. Balling’s research projects look at output from numerical climate models that simulate the effects of altering atmospheric greenhouse gas concentrations.  In his work, Balling compares historical climate observations with results predicted by the models for the same time periods.  At times, the observations are consistent with expectations from the models, but at other times, they are not.  Other recent projects use satellite-based observations to investigate hourly patterns of precipitation.

Dr. Balling has written four books on the climate change issue, he has served as a science consultant to the United Nations, and he was the 2011 ASU Professor of the Year awarded by Order of Omega Greek Honorary Society.  

Research Interests

Climatology, global climate change, GIS

Additional Affiliation(s)

Associate Program Director, MAS-GIS (Masters of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems)

Awards and Honors

2011 - Professor of the Year, Awarded by Order of Omega Greek Honorary Society

Selected Publications

 2013    Mathieu Rouault, Shouraseni Sen Roy, and Robert C. Balling, Jr. “The Diurnal Cycle of Rainfall in South Africa in the Austral Summer.” International Journal of Climatology, Vol. 33, No. 3, pp. 770-777.

2012    Joshua R. White, Randall S. Cerveny, and Robert C. Balling, Jr. “Seasonality and Trends in European Red Dust / “Blood” Rain Events. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Vol. 93, No. 4, pp. 471-476.
2011    Robert C. Balling, Jr. and Gregory B. Goodrich. “Interannual Variations in the Local Spatial Autocorrelation of Tropospheric Temperatures.”  Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Vol. 103, pp. 451-457.
2011    Robert C. Balling, Jr. and Gregory B. Goodrich. “Spatial Analysis of Variations and Trends in Precipitation Intensity in the USA.”  Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Vol. 104, pp. 415-421.
2011    Robert C. Balling, Jr., Kimberly DeBiasse, Matthew B. Pace, Randall S. Cerveny and David M. Brommer. “Long-Term Precipitation Trend as a Function of Isentropic Variability.” Atmospheric Environment, Vol.,45, pp. 5822-5827.
2011    Randall S. Cerveny, Kimberly DeBiasse, Matthew B. Pace, Andrew W. Ellis, and Robert C. Balling, Jr. “Revitalization of Namias’s Climatological Isentropic Analysis: Detection and Evaluation of Monsoonal, Severe Storm, Drought, and Flood Events.” Annals, Association of American Geographers, Vol. 101, No. 6, pp. 1204-1220.
2011    Daniel S. Krahenbuhl, Matthew B. Pace, Randall S. Cerveny, and Robert C. Balling, Jr. “Monthly Lunar Declination Extremes’ Influence on Tropospheric Circulation Patterns. Journal of Geophysical Research, Vol. 116, D23121, doi:10.1029/2011JD016598.
2010    Patricia Gober, Craig Kirkwood, Robert Balling, Andrew Ellis, and Stephanie Deitrick. “Water Planning Under Climatic Uncertainty in Phoenix: Why We Need a New Paradigm.” Annals, Association of American Geographers, Vol. 100, No. 2, pp. 356-372.
2010    Bohumil M. Svoma, Robert C. Balling, Jr. and Andrew W. Ellis. “Analysis of Soil Moisture Trends in the Salt River Watershed of Central Arizona.” Theoretical and Applied Climatology, Vol. 102, pp. 159-169.
2010    Robert C. Balling, Jr., and Gregory B. Goodrich. “Increasing Drought in the American Southwest? A Continental      Perspective Using a Spatial Analytical Evaluation of Recent Trends.” Physical Geography, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 293-306.
2010    Bohumil M. Svoma and Robert C. Balling, Jr. “United States’ Interannual Precipitation Variability over the Past Century: Is Variability Increasing as Predicted by Models?” Physical Geography, Vol. 31, No. 4, pp. 307-318. 


1979 - Ph.D. (Geography) University of Oklahoma
1975 - M.A. (Geography) Bowling Green State University
1974 - A.B. (Geography) Wittenberg University