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Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux

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Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux
Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux standing in front of a NASA weather station
NationalityTrinidad and Tobago
Alma materMcGill University
University of Toronto
Scientific career
FieldsClimatology, Hydrology, Remote Sensing, Climate Literacy
InstitutionsVermont State Climatologist; University of Vermont
  • Techniques for rainfall estimation and surface characterization over northern Brazil  (1996)
  • An analysis of the Temporal and Spatial Variability of the Rainfall and Runoff Regimes of Drainage Basins in Trinidad  (1992)

Lesley-Ann L. Dupigny-Giroux is the Vermont State Climatologist, president of the American Association of State Climatologists,[1] Inc., and a professor of Geography at the University of Vermont.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Dupigny-Giroux was born in Trinidad. Her exploration of the small island gave her an early appreciation for place and geography, and their connections to history.[3]

Dupigny-Giroux earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Toronto in 1989, double majoring in physical geography and development studies. She earned both her Master of Science (1992) and Doctor of Philosophy (1996) degrees from McGill University.[4] Her Master's degree was in climatology and hydrology, with a thesis on rainfall and runoff in drainage basins in Trinidad. Her doctoral degree was in climatology and geographic information systems (GIS), with a thesis on drought and rainfall over northern Brazil. Early in her graduate studies, Dupigny-Giroux spent a summer at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (1990) analyzing rainfall and runoff data using spectral analysis methods with Warren Washington and Harry van Loon and later (1992) participated in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) colloquium on operational and environmental prediction, where she learned techniques in climate monitoring, weathering analysis, and hydrologic and oceanographic prediction.

Dupigny-Giroux worked as a research assistant and lecturer while at McGill University and taught at the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville as an assistant professor (1996-1997) before joining the University of Vermont and becoming Vermont State Climatologist in 1997.[5]

Research career[edit]

Dupigny-Giroux has served as Vermont State Climatologist and worked at the University of Vermont since 1997. She has authored more than 40 peer-reviewed publications and reports on hydrology, remote sensing, climate change and variability, extreme weather, and climate literacy.[2]

Chapter cover of the U.S. Global Change Research Program's fourth National Climate Assessment, Northeast Chapter (2018)

Notable publications include work with the US Global Change Research Program, where Dupigny-Giroux served as contributing author on Climate Change in the Northeast: A Sourcebook[6], a technical input for the Northeast chapter[7] of the third National Climate Assessment (NCA3), and as chapter lead of the Northeast chapter[8] of the fourth National Climate Assessment (NCA4).[9][10] The Northeast chapter of NCA4 included information on how climate change would affect rural economies, natural resources, and human health in the Northeast United States.[11] She also served as lead editor of the book Historical climate variability and impacts in North America,[12] which uses instrumental and historical data to reconstruct and analyze climate change in North America between the 17th and 19th centuries.

Dupigny-Giroux has also conducted research on North Atlantic Ocean tropical cyclones, including disaster mitigation research to reduce wind damage to residential infrastructure and construction in the Caribbean.[13][14]

University of Vermont[edit]

At the University of Vermont, Dupigny-Giroux served as an Assistant Professor from 1997 - 2003, Associate Professor from 2003 - 2014, Chair of the Department of Geography from 2015 - 2018, and Professor beginning in 2014, with secondary appointments in Department of Geology, the College of Education & Social Services, and Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources. She teaches courses in meteorology, climatology, physical geography, remote sensing, and land-surface processes.[citation needed]

Vermont State Climatologist[edit]

In her work as State Climatologist for Vermont, Dupigny-Giroux uses her expertise hydrology and extreme weather, such as floods, droughts, and storms, to keep the residents of Vermont informed on how climate change will affect their homes, health, and livelihoods. She assists other state agencies in preparing for and adapting to current and future impacts of climate change on Vermont's transportation system, emergency management planning, and agriculture and forestry industries. For example, she has published analyses of the impacts of climate change on the health of Vermont's sugar maples, a hardwood species of key economic and cultural importance to the state.[15] As co-chair of Vermont's State’s Drought Task Force, she played a key role in developing the 2018 Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan.[16]

Dupigny-Giroux served as Secretary for the American Association of State Climatologists from 2010-2011 and President Elect from 2019-2020. In June 2020, she was elected as President of the American Association of State Climatologists, which is a two-year term.[17]

Climate literacy[edit]

In addition to her research on climate change, Dupigny-Giroux is known for her efforts to research and promote climate literacy.[18][19][20][21] Climate literacy is an understanding of the influences of and influences on the climate system, including how people change the climate, how climate metrics are observed and modelled, and how climate change affects society. “Being climate literate is more critical than ever before,” Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux stated for a 2020 article on climate literacy.[22] “If we do not understand weather, climate and climate change as intricate and interconnected systems, then our appreciation of the big picture is lost.”

Dupigny-Giroux is known for her climate literacy work with elementary and high school teachers and students. She co-founded the Satellites Weather and Climate (SWAC)[23][24] project in 2008, which is a professional development program for K-12 teachers designed to promote climate literacy and interest in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) careers. Dupigny-Giroux is also a founding member of the Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN; formerly Climate Literacy Network),[25] a community-based effort to support climate literacy and communication.

In a 2016 interview, Dupigny-Giroux stated: “Sharing knowledge and giving back to my community are my two axioms in life. Watching students mature and flourish in their four years with us is a great privilege and the best part about being a teacher-scholar here at UVM [University of Vermont].”[3]

Diversity in climate sciences[edit]

Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux is the co-founder of the Diversity Climate Network (D-ClimNet),[26] which was funded by a National Science Foundation (NSF) award (2009-2013) to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the field of climatology. The Diversity Climate Network aims to train the next generation of racially and gender diverse scientists by providing mentoring and networking opportunities to high school students interested in climate science or geoscience. In 2010, Dupigny-Giroux was the Franklin Visiting Scholar for Inclusion and Diversity Leadership at the University of Georgia.

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Fellow - University of Vermont Gund Institute for Environment (2020)[27]
  • University of Vermont, College of Arts & Sciences Scholar Teacher Award (2020) given to faculty who have consistently demonstrated the ability to translate their professional knowledge and skill into exciting classroom experiences for their students and who meet the challenge of being both excellent teachers and highly respected professionals in their own discipline[28]
  • Fellow - American Meteorological Society (2020)[29]
  • Association of Women Geoscientists (AWG)[30] Professional Excellence Award for distinguished contributions in her profession (2018)
  • International Joint Commission, Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board,[31] US Chair, Public Advisory Board (2016-2017)
  • Fellow - Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering[32] (2015)
  • Goddard College scholar of residence (2015)
  • Fellow - American Association of University Women (AAUW) Educational Foundation Shirley Farr (2003)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Women's International Science Collaboration (WISC) Program (2002)


  1. ^ "American Association of State Climatologists". American Association of State Climatologists. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  2. ^ a b Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann (2018). "Dupigny-Giroux CV" (PDF). Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Kerski, Joseph J. (November 16, 2016). "GeoInspirations: Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux: Pushing geography into the sky — literally". Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  4. ^ "Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux". www.uvm.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  5. ^ Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann (September 2010). "Dupigny-Giroux CV" (PDF). Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  6. ^ Horton, Radley; Rosenzweig, Cynthia (2012). "Climate Change in the Northeast: A Sourcebook. Draft Technical Input Report prepared for the U.S. National Climate Assessment - GCIS". US Global Change Research Program. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  7. ^ "National Climate Assessment". National Climate Assessment. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  8. ^ Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann; Mecray, Ellen; Lemcke-Stampone, Mary; Hodgkins, Glenn A.; Lentz, Erika E.; Mills, Katherine E.; Lane, Erin D.; Miller, Rawlings; Hollinger, David; Solecki, William D.; Wellenius, Gregory A. (2018). "Chapter 18 : Northeast. Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II": 1–470. doi:10.7930/nca4.2018.ch18. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ Reidmiller, David R.; Avery, Christopher W.; Easterling, David R.; Kunkel, Kenneth E.; Lewis, Kristin L.M.; Maycock, Thomas K.; Stewart, Brooke C., eds. (2018). "Impacts, Risks, and Adaptation in the United States: The Fourth National Climate Assessment, Volume II". doi:10.7930/nca4.2018. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ Gribkoff, Elizabeth (2018-12-27). "Q+A with climatologist Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux". VTDigger. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  11. ^ "Vermont - State Summaries 2019". statesummaries.ncics.org. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  12. ^ Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann; Mock, Cary J., eds. (2009). Historical Climate Variability and Impacts in North America. Springer Netherlands. ISBN 978-90-481-2827-3.
  13. ^ Prevatt, D. O.; Dupigny-Giroux, L.-A.; Masters, F. J. (November 2010). "Engineering Perspectives on Reducing Hurricane Damage to Housing in CARICOM Caribbean Islands". Natural Hazards Review. 11 (4): 140–150. doi:10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000017. ISSN 1527-6988.
  14. ^ Uddin, Nasim, ed. (2010-06-24). Wind Storm and Storm Surge Mitigation. Reston, VA: American Society of Civil Engineers. doi:10.1061/9780784410813. ISBN 978-0-7844-1081-3.
  15. ^ Oswald, Evan M.; Pontius, Jennifer; Rayback, Shelly A.; Schaberg, Paul G.; Wilmot, Sandra H.; Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann (August 2018). "The complex relationship between climate and sugar maple health: Climate change implications in Vermont for a key northern hardwood species". Forest Ecology and Management. 422: 303–312. doi:10.1016/j.foreco.2018.04.014. S2CID 90716540.
  16. ^ "Vermont State Hazard Mitigation Plan" (PDF). Vermont Emergency Management. November 17, 2018. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  17. ^ "UVM's Dupigny-Giroux elected president of National State Climatology Association". Vermont Business Magazine. 2020-06-18. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  18. ^ Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann; Cole, Amanda (2018-05-24). "Climate Literacy and Education": 9780199874002–0191. doi:10.1093/obo/9780199874002-0191. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  19. ^ Richardson, Douglas; Castree, Noel; Goodchild, Michael F.; Kobayashi, Audrey; Liu, Weidong; Marston, Richard A., eds. (2016-12-12). International Encyclopedia of Geography: People, the Earth, Environment and Technology (1 ed.). Wiley. doi:10.1002/9781118786352. ISBN 978-0-470-65963-2.
  20. ^ Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann L. (September 2010). "Exploring the Challenges of Climate Science Literacy: Lessons from Students, Teachers and Lifelong Learners: Challenges to addressing climate science literacy". Geography Compass. 4 (9): 1203–1217. doi:10.1111/j.1749-8198.2010.00368.x.
  21. ^ Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann L. (November 2008). "Introduction—Climate Science Literacy: A State of the Knowledge Overview". Physical Geography. 29 (6): 483–486. Bibcode:2008PhGeo..29..483D. doi:10.2747/0272-3646.29.6.483. ISSN 0272-3646. S2CID 129526313.
  22. ^ "In the know: building a climate literate society". Futurum. 2020-12-14. Retrieved 2020-12-21.
  23. ^ "Satellites, Weather and Climate : University of Vermont". www.uvm.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  24. ^ Dupigny-Giroux, Lesley-Ann; Toolin, Regina; Hogan, Stephen; Fortney, Michael D. (2012-06-13). "The Satellites, Weather and Climate (SWAC) Teacher Professional Development Program: Making the Case for Climate and Geospatial Literacy". Journal of Geoscience Education. 60 (2): 133–146. Bibcode:2012JGeEd..60..133D. doi:10.5408/11-238.1. ISSN 1089-9995. S2CID 54713423.
  25. ^ Ledley, Tamara Shapiro; Gold, Anne U.; Niepold, Frank; McCaffrey, Mark (2014-09-02). "Moving Toward Collective Impact in Climate Change Literacy: The Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN)". Journal of Geoscience Education. 62 (3): 307–318. Bibcode:2014JGeEd..62..307L. doi:10.5408/13-057.1. ISSN 1089-9995. S2CID 129373049.
  26. ^ "Diversity Climate Network : University of Vermont". www.uvm.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  27. ^ "Faculty Fellows". www.uvm.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  28. ^ "Dean's and Full Professor Lecture Series News and Updates". www.uvm.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-30.
  29. ^ "Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux Named AMS Fellow". www.uvm.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  30. ^ "Association for Women Geoscientists". www.awg.org. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  31. ^ "International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Study Board | International Joint Commission". www.ijc.org. Retrieved 2020-10-29.
  32. ^ "Vermont Academy of Science & Engineering". vase. Retrieved 2020-10-29.

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