I am a physical geographer with specialization in hydroclimatology and applied climatology. In these fields, I investigate the multidirectional, cyclical interactions between the climate system and hydrology. My research interests are in precipitation patterns, ranging from the impacts of heavy precipitation, variability in regional precipitation, and linkages with atmospheric moisture. My current research discerns the main through which water vapor is transported to and through the eastern United States and their effects on regional precipitation. I employ statistical methods to analyze these relationships and their spatiotemporal variability using both observational data and climate reanalysis products. This research contextualizes variability and changes in regional precipitation within a larger climate variability framework. This research also questions the role of atmospheric rivers in the climatology of the eastern United States, particularly within the Northeast.
Much of my past research in hydrology and climatology has motivated my current research interests. My past projects include characterizing the atmospheric conditions related to flash flooding in watersheds of the New York City water supply system and investigating the influence of the forest canopy on precipitation and throughfall in Costa Rica, among others. More information on my research, including other projects, can be perused through a list of my publications as well as on ResearchGate.
Contact InformationDr. Natalie Teale
Ph.D., Rutgers University
304 Burchfiel Geography Bldg.
Knoxville, TN 37996-0925 Phone: (865) 974-2418