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Anna Klene

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Anna Klene

Associate Professor

Office Hours:

Fall 2014:  W 2-3 pm, during lab TH 1-3 pm, and by appt. 


Ph.D., Climatology, University of Delaware, 2005
M.A., Geography, State University of New York at Albany, 1999
B.S., Physical Geography, University of Cincinnati, 1996

Courses Taught

CCS/ERTH 303N - Weather and Climate
GPHY 317 - Geomorphology
GPHY 487 - Remote Sensing and Raster GIS
GPHY 550 - Seminar In Geography: Paleoclimate and Global Change
GPHY 587 - Digital Image Analysis and Modeling

Helpful links for writing formal papers such as theses and giving presentations: 

Dr. Hanson's handouts on Topography Guidelines, Common Writing Errors, and Powerpoint Recommendations.

Research Interests

Arctic and Alpine Climatology, Cold Region Geomorphology, Permafrost Variability, Climate / Ground Interactions, Long-term Climate Analysis, Urban Effects on Climate, Use of Remote Sensing in Modeling

Field of Study

Arctic and Alpine Environments, Climatology, Cryosphere, Geomorphology, Modeling, Remote Sensing.

Specialized Skills

Arctic and Alpine Environments, Climatology, Cryosphere, Geomorphology, Modeling, Remote Sensing.

Professional Experience

Dr. Klene's research has centered on northern Alaska, funded under a series of NSF grants investigating changes in permafrost distribution and the flux of trace gases from the tundra to the atmosphere under the auspices of the Circumpolar Active-Layer Monitoring (CALM) Project.  The research group has focused on modeling the spatial and temporal variability of the active layer (seasonally thawed layer) above permafrost, which is a function of air temperature, vegetation, moisture, and soil characteristics.  Almost all of the biological, chemical, and hydrological processes occur in this thin layer.  Her master's thesis examined empirical records of air and soil temperatures and formulated a strategy for linking these parameters with satellite data to estimate thaw depth over large (regional-scale) areas.  For her dissertation, Dr. Klene began focusing on air temperature variability, the effects of urbanization, and hazards associated with permafrost under a changing climate in northern Alaska. Her dissertation explored how some of these have been manifested in the village of Barrow as part of the Barrow Urban Heat Island Study (BUHIS).  In August 2010, New Orleans High School teacher Josh Dugat joined the crew for their field season in northern Alaska.  Check out his blog and photos at the CALM PolarTrec website.  George Washinton University graduate student Kelsey Nyland posted this video "FrostByte" describing part of her work with our group.

Currently, Dr. Klene and her students are continuing work with the CALM Project (both in northern Alaska and around the world - West Siberia in 2007); working on investigating paleoperiglacial features in western Montana; and collaborating with the USFS on projects using GIS to model rare plant habitat and variability of micro-climates in the northern Rockies.

In teaching, Dr. Klene helped to create the Certificate in Geographic Information System Sciences and Technologies administered jointly by the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Forestry & Conservation and currently serves as one of the Coordinators of the Certificate.  She also serves on the Board for the new interdisiplinary Minor in Climate Change Studies:  Integrating Science, Society, and Solutions.  In spring 2010, Dr. Klene won a Helen & Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award from the College.

International Experience

Dr. Klene has traveled widely, especially in the Arctic.  Most recently she served as an instructor for a field course on permafrost in West Siberia (2007) and made several trips to Norway for conferences on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples, the International Polar Year, and the European Permafrost Conference in Svalbard (2010) and Portugal (2014).  However, fun trips have included Hawaii - to enjoy warmer climes!

Selected Publications

Z.A. Holden, A.E. Klene, R. Keefe, and G. Moisen, 2013.  Design and Preliminary Evaluation of an Inexpensive Radiation Shield for Monitoring Surface Air Temperatures. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, v180, 281-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2013.06.011.  View PDF.

*K.L. Riley, J. Abatzoglou, I. Grenfell, A.E. Klene and F.A. Heinsch, 2013.  The relationship of large fire occurrence with drought and fire-danger indices in the western USA, 1984-2008: The role of temporal scale. International Journal of Wildland Fire, v22, n7, 894-909.  DOI:10.1071/WF12149.  View PDF.

A.E. Klene, F.E. Nelson, and K.M. Hinkel, 2013.  Urban - rural contrasts in summer soil-surface temperature and active-layer thickness, Barrow, Alaska, USA. Polar Geography, v36, n3, 197-221. DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2012.706756 View PDF.