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Oliver W.
Research Interests

Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Virginia

Synoptic climatology, surface-atmosphere interactions, climate change

Texas A&M University
Dept. of Geography
810 O&M, 3147 TAMU
979-862-8420 voice
979-862-4487 fax

My research activities entail a broad range of topics in climate variability and climate change. I focus primarily on surface-atmosphere interactions, over both the land and the oceans. One of these research areas investigates changes in high-latitude and high-altitude environments; specifically, the interactions between frozen ground (permafrost and seasonally frozen areas) and other cryospheric variables in the high latitudes of Eurasia, with the overlying atmosphere. Some of my other research studies the effects of land cover and land use change on climate across the Tibetan Plateau and China.

I also continue to explore ocean-atmosphere interactions in both the tropics and midlatitudes, such as interactions between the Pacific Ocean and synoptic-scale atmospheric circulation variability of the Northern Hemisphere. Additionally, I am evaluating climate patterns and atmospheric teleconnections, in terms of both their general variability and climate change.

Full Curriculum Vitae

Climate Science Lab Webpage

Selected Publications

Frauenfeld, O. W., and R. E. Davis, 2012: Interactions Between Pacific Sea-Surface Temperatures and the Northern Hemisphere Circumpolar Vortex. Publications in Climatology, 65(1), 28pp.

Frauenfeld, O. W. and T. Zhang, 2011: An observational 71-year history of seasonally frozen ground changes in the Eurasian high latitudes. Environ. Res. Lett., 6, 044024, doi:10.1088/1748-9326/6/4/044024. [Open Access Reprint] [News Article] [Perspective]

Frauenfeld, O. W., P. C. Knappenberger, and P. J. Michaels, 2011: A Reconstruction of Annual Greenland Ice Melt Extent, 1784-2009. J. Geophys. Res., 116, D08104, doi:10.1029/2010JD014918.

Frauenfeld, O. W., T. Zhang, and J. L. McCreight, 2007: Northern Hemisphere Freezing/Thawing Index Variations over the Twentieth Century. Int. J. Climatol., 27(1), 47-63, doi:10.1002/joc.1372.

Frauenfeld, O. W., R. E. Davis, and M. E. Mann, 2005: A Distinctly Interdecadal Signal of Pacific Ocean-Atmosphere Interaction. J. Climate, 18(11), 1709-1718, doi:10.1175/JCLI3367.1.

Frauenfeld, O. W., T. Zhang, and M. C. Serreze, 2005: Climate change and variability using European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts reanalysis (ERA-40) temperatures on the Tibetan Plateau. J. Geophys. Res., 110, D02101, doi:10.1029/2004JD005230.

Frauenfeld, O. W., T. Zhang, R. G. Barry, and D. Gilichinsky, 2004: Interdecadal Changes in Seasonal Freeze and Thaw Depths in Russia. J. Geophys. Res., 109, D05101, doi:10.1029/2003JD004245.

Frauenfeld, O. W. and R. E. Davis, 2003: Northern Hemisphere Circumpolar Vortex Trends and Climate Change Implications. J. Geophys. Res., 108(D14), 4423, doi:10.1029/2002JD002958.


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