Dr. Renee McPherson

University Co-Director

University of Oklahoma

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Responsibilities at SC CSC:

Dr. Renee A. McPherson is Associate Professor of Geography and Environmental Sustainability at the University of Oklahoma (OU) and University Co-director of the SC CSC. She oversees the Consortium-related activities of the SC CSC, as a co-governing partner of the USGS. Activities include coordination with USGS Headquarters, our USGS Director, our Consortium, the six Landscape Conservation Cooperatives within our region, and the seven other Climate Science Centers.


Dr. McPherson holds a B.S. in Mathematics and B.S, M.S., and Ph.D. in Meteorology. Her research includes regional and applied climatology, mesoscale meteorology, severe local storms, land-air-vegetation interactions, surface observing systems, applied meteorology, and societal and ecological impacts of climate variability and change. She teaches classes in climatology and physical geography, advises graduate students in their research and education, and mentors undergraduate students who are interested in research opportunities. Formerly, she was State Climatologist of Oklahoma and Acting Director of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. She has been principal or co-investigator on over $40 million of grants and contracts from federal and state agencies, universities, private companies, or non-governmental organizations. Dr. McPherson is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Meteorological Society, American Geophysical Union, Association of American Geographers, American Association of State Climatologists, and Society of Environmental Journalists. She was co-recipient of the Innovations in American Government Award (Harvard University) and Environmental Achievement Award (U.S. Department of the Interior), and she received the Vice President for Research Norman Campus Outstanding Research Engagement Award.


(Student advisees marked as *; postdocs marked as ^; staff supervised marked as ):

Mullens^, E., and R. A. McPherson, 2017: A Multi-Algorithm Reanalysis-based Freezing Precipitation Dataset for Climate Studies in the South-Central U.S. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., accepted. http://journals.ametsoc.org/doi/abs/10.1175/JAMC-D-16-0180.1

Qiao, L., C. Zou, C. F. Gaitán^, Y. Hong, and R. A. McPherson, 2017: Precipitation extremes projection over the climate gradient of Arkansas-Red River Basin. J. Appl. Meteor. Climatol., accepted.

Klemm*, T., and R. A. McPherson, 2017: The development of seasonal climate forecasting for agricultural producers. Ag. Forest Meteor., 232, 384–399. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.agrformet.2016.09.005

Sun, X., M. Xue, J. Brotzge, R. A. McPherson, X.-M. Hu, and X.-Q. Yang, 2016: An evaluation of dynamical downscaling of Central Plains summer precipitation using a WRF-based regional climate model at a convection-permitting 4 -km resolution. J. Geophys. Res. - Atmospheres, 121, 13,801–13,825, doi:10.1002/2016JD024796. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/wol1/doi/10.1002/2016JD024796/abstract

Kuster*, E., C. Lunday*, and R. A. McPherson, 2015: A comparison of North American Regional Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP) output and Oklahoma Mesonet observations. The Geographical Bulletin, 56, 102-106.

Xue, X., K. Zhang, Y. Hong, J. J. Gourley, W. Kellogg, R. A. McPherson, Z. Wan and B. N. Austin, 2015: New multisite cascading calibration approach for hydrological models: Case study in the Red River Basin using the VIC model. J. of Hydrol. Eng., 10.1061/(ASCE)HE.1943-5584.0001282, 05015019.

Klockow*, K. E., R. Peppler, and R. A. McPherson, 2014: Tornado folk science in Alabama and Mississippi in the 27 April 2011 tornado outbreak. GeoJournal, January 2014.

Qiao, L., Y. Hong, R. McPherson, M. Shafer, S. Chen, D. Williams, D. Gade, and D. Lilly, 2014: Climate change and hydrological response in the trans-state Oologah Lake watershed – Evaluating dynamically downscaled NARCCAP and statistically downscaled CMIP3 simulations with VIC model. Water Resour. Manage., 28, 3291-3305.

Boone*, K. M., R. A. McPherson, M. B. Richman, and D. J. Karoly, 2012: Spatial coherence of rainfall variations using the Oklahoma Mesonet. Intl J. Clim., 32, 843-853.

McPherson, R. A., J. D. Lane, K. C. Crawford, and W. G. McPherson Jr., 2011: A climatological analysis of heatbursts in Oklahoma (1994 – 2009). Intl J. Clim., 31, 531-544.

Klockow*, K. E., R. A. McPherson, and D. Sutter, 2010: On the economic nature of crop production decisions using the Oklahoma Mesonet. Wea. Climate Soc, 2, 224–236.

Arndt, D. A., J. B. Basara, R. A. McPherson, B. G. Illston, G. D. McManus, and D. B. Demko, 2009: The overland reintensification of Tropical Storm Erin (2007). Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc., 90, 1079–1093.McPherson, R. A., 2007: A review of vegetation–atmosphere interactions and their influences on mesoscale phenomena. Prog. Phys. Geog., 31, 261-285.

McPherson, R. A., C. Fiebrich, K. C. Crawford, R. L. Elliott, J. R. Kilby, D. L. Grimsley, J. E. Martinez, J. B. Basara, B. G. Illston, D. A. Morris, K. A. Kloesel, S. J. Stadler, A. D. Melvin, A.J. Sutherland, and H. Shrivastava, 2007: Statewide monitoring of the mesoscale environment: A technical update on the Oklahoma Mesonet. J. Atmos. Oceanic Technol., 24, 301–321.

McPherson, R. A., and D. J. Stensrud, 2005: Influences of a winter wheat belt on the evolution of the boundary layer. Mon. Wea. Rev., 133, 2178–2199.

McPherson, R. A., D. J. Stensrud, and K. C. Crawford, 2004: The impact of Oklahoma’s winter wheat belt on the mesoscale environment. Mon. Wea. Rev., 132, 405-421.