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Dr. Ken Crawford - 1943-2014

Dr. Ken Crawford - 1943-2014

Dr. Ken Crawford, Director Emeritus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey and Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Meteorology at OU, passed away on July 23, 2014, at the age of 71. Crawford spent 20 years as a senior faculty member in OU’s School of Meteorology. He was described as “an outstanding mentor for young scientists.”  He led the M.S. thesis and Ph. D. dissertation research of 37 students— more than any other meteorology faculty at OU.  Through Ken’s research efforts, he was awarded more than $40 million in grants during his professional career.

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OU Adds University Meteorologist Role

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Each year, the University of Oklahoma campus experiences potentially life-threatening weather events ranging from snow and ice storms to lightning and tornadoes. These weather events can directly impact sporting events, summer camps, commencement and dozens of day-to-day campus activities. There is a need to provide technical weather expertise to campus officials and to meet these needs, OU created the position of University Meteorologist.

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Lightning Experts from Around the World to Meet in Norman June 15-20

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NORMAN, OKLA. – About 200 national and international lightning experts from countries including England, France, Brazil, China, Russia, Poland and Japan as well as the United States will gather next week in Norman for the 15th Annual International Conference on Atmospheric Electricity. Co-hosted by the NOAA National Severe Storms Laboratory and the University of Oklahoma’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences, the conference will feature the latest research on lightning and other electrical phenomena in the atmosphere.

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Two University of Oklahoma Faculty Contribute to National Climate Assessment

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NORMAN, OKLA. – Two University of Oklahoma researchers were among a team of authors from across the nation that produced the National Climate Assessment released today.  The report shows that climate change is affecting Americans now and presents the challenges that our society is likely to face in coming decades. 

The report contains 30 chapters covering climate change science, its effect on the economy and the region, and options for reducing its impacts.  Authors of the Great Plains chapter were OU faculty Mark Shafer and Renee McPherson. Shafer is an assistant professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and associate state climatologist at the Oklahoma Climatological Survey. McPherson is an associate professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability and director of research at the South Central Climate Science Center.  Together, they spent more than two years reviewing materials, preparing a summary, and responding to comments from the public, agencies, and National Academy of Sciences.  

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Director for Advanced Radar Research Center


The University of Oklahoma seeks an exceptional, dynamic leader to serve as Director of its Advanced Radar Research Center (ARRC).

The ARRC builds upon a university, government and industry alliance that leads the world in the development, testing, operational deployment, and support of advanced weather radar systems. Through a recent strategic initiative, the ARRC has expanded capabilities in radar and other electromagnetic technologies, with applications in surface, airborne and space-based defense, security and intelligence. Principal capabilities of the ARRC include design/prototyping of large and small, fixed and mobile radar systems; phased array technology; digital signal/array processing; automated algorithms; decision support tools; data assimilation; and end-user training. Multi-functional, dynamically adaptive radars are now being evaluated in the field and more than two-dozen radars are located across Oklahoma, including both operational and research systems for weather, air surveillance, and security applications. The ARRC currently consists of 16 faculty members, 16 post-doctoral scientists, 7 staff members, and over 60 graduate students, across the disciplines of engineering and meteorology.


Dr. Karl Offen, Associate Professor of Geography, was recently published in Progress in Human Geography, a top journal for the industry


Abstract - In my second report discussing the state of historical geography, I review some of the ways historical geographers have made use of digital technologies and digital media. I also highlight how digital data, research, and presentation are affecting related humanities disciplines and inspiring their practitioners to engage more fully with geographic concepts of space, place, and cartography. I argue that information technologies and digital media can deepen the place of historical geography in the academy and in the public's eye.

OU Offering Master’s Degree in Environmental Sustainability

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NORMAN, OK – To meet the growing need for professionals with advanced knowledge of environmental sustainability who can guide Oklahoma and the world in the effective management of the natural environment, a new master’s degree has been launched at the University of Oklahoma.

The addition of a Master of Science degree in Environmental Sustainability completes a curriculum restructure and organization begun nearly four years ago in OU’s College of Atmospheric and Geographic Sciences and Department of Geography and Environmental Sustainability.

The new degree program will allow students to explore the integration between the Earth’s physical system and the social and economic institutions responsible for its management as well as to receive a thorough grounding in research methods.

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National Weather Center

Unique confederation of University of Oklahoma, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state organizations that work together in partnership to improve understanding of events occurring in Earth’s atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales.

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Prospective Students

Prospective Students

We provide student with individualized attention, world-renowned programs, award-winning faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities. Students come from across the U.S. and around the world making our college incredibly diverse.

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Real-World Experience

Real World Experience

Emphasis on interdisciplinary projects allows the College to address current and future challenges in areas of renewable energy, climate change, and sustainability of the natural and built environments.

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