Mark Anderson

Associate Professor

Ph.D., 1985, Colorado

Polar weather and climate, Weather analysis and forecasting, Climate change and variability, Remote sensing, Severe weather

Contact Information

305 Bessey Hall
402-472-6656
manderson4@unl.edu

Understanding variations taking place in the climate system are important to our knowledge of the global climate system. Most of my research has focused on the climate and meteorology of polar regions, an area shown by computer models to experience extreme adjustments during climate change. One of my goals has been to monitor the onset of snow melt using passive microwave remote sensing to determine both spatial and temporal variations in snow-melt patterns. The timing of the melt is important, but so is an understanding of the changing atmospheric conditions that occur during the melt period. I also have research interests in many of the local weather phenomena in the Great Plains and surrounding regions. These can be investigated by analyzing case studies and the developing local climatologies. Through graduate student projects, we have investigated thermodynamic characteristics of heavy snowfall over eastern Nebraska, precipitation regimes and their variations over the Great Plains, and aircraft icing conditions over North America. There are many outstanding questions for research. For example, why do certain geographic regions in Nebraska have higher numbers of tornadoes than other regions within the state? Numerous questions also exist concerning snowfall patterns throughout the region.

My teaching interests include courses in synoptic, mesoscale, and satellite meteorology as well as seminars dealing with such topics as mountain meteorology and climatology using meteorological computer technology and more recently, mesoscale processes and modeling.

Selected Publications


  • Anderson, M.A., J.L. Busse and S.Drobot, 2011, A Comparison between SSM/I Passive Microwave Melt Onset Dates and Satellite_Derived Albedo Melt Onset Dates in the Arctic, International Journal of Remote Sensing, (in press).

  • Drobot, S,D., J.A. Maslanik and M.A. Anderson, 2008, Interannual Variations in the Opening Date of the Prudhoe Bay Shipping Season: Links to Atmospheric and Surface Conditions, International Journal of Climatology, 29, 197-203.

  • Radell, D.B., M.R. Anderson, J.W. Stoppkotte and J.R. Mccormick, 2007, Diagnosis of the 6 July 2002 Ogallala, Nebraska Flash Flood, National Weather Digest, 31, 137-152.

  • Chen, X., Chen, X.H., Rowe, C., Hu, Q. and M. Anderson, 2003, Geological and climatic controls on streamflows in the Nebraska Sand Hills, Journal of American Water Resources Association, 39, 217-228.

  • Anderson, M.R. and Drobot, S.D., 2001, Spatial and temporal variability in snowmelt onset over Arctic sea ice, Annals of Glaciology, 33, 74-78.

  • Drobot, S.D. and Anderson, M.R., 2001, An improved method for determining snowmelt onset dates over Arctic sea ice using scanning multichannel microwave radiometer and special sensor microwave/imager data, Journal of Geophysical Research, 106, 24,033- 24,050.

  • Drobot, S. and Anderson, M.R, 1999, Interannual variations in snowmelt onset and links to 500 hPa atmospheric anomalies over the Arctic, in Interactions Between the Cryosphere, Climate and Greenhouse Gases (edited by Tranter, M., and others (eds.)), pp. 55-61.

  • Anderson, M.R., 1997, Determination of a melt onset date for Arctic sea ice regions using passive microwave data, Annals of Glaciology, 25, 382-387.

  • Mote, T, and Anderson, M.R., 1995, Evidence of an increase in snowpack melt on the Greenland ice sheet based on passive microwave measurements, Journal of Glaciology, 41, 51-60.