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Professor of Geography • Climatology; Biometeorology • Faculty of ENVS • Faculty of Hydrologic Sciences • Ph.D. University of British Columbia, 1997
Physical Geography
303-492-5388, GUGG 201b

Research Interests

My overall research objective is to understand how the physical processes regulating water and carbon cycling at the Earth's surface are affected by environmental changes. I study a variety of ecosystems including lakes, wetlands, alpine tundra, forest, and grasslands. My research is based on observations made at each location using a variety of instruments, and I often use models and remote sensing to help interpret the measurements.

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In addition to process-based field studies, I am also interested in how and why people recall and perceive past meteorological events. For example, how do people's recollection of climate compare to the actual observations, and what affects the accuracy and reliability of their climate memory? I'm also interested in how class size (enrollment) affects both teaching quality and students' inclass performance. I investigate this through statistical analysis of class evaluations, and surveys/interviews with faculty and students.

Blanken's Courses Last 3 Semesters

(list may be incomplete)

Spring 2017  GEOG 3601 
Principles of Climate

Fall 2016  GEOG 3930/5930 

Fall 2016  GEOG 4201 

Spring 2016  GEOG 3601 
Principles of Climate

Spring 2016  GEOG 5100-006 
Special Topics: Advanced Topics in Biometeorology

Selected Publications

Knowles, J.F., Blanken, P.D., Williams, M.W., and Chowanski, K.M. (2012). Energy and surface moisture seasonally limit evaporation and sublimation from snow-free alpine tundra. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 157, 106-115.

Blanken, P.D., Spence, C., Hedstrom, N., and Lenters, J. (2011). Evaporation from Lake Superior: 1. Physical controls and processes. Journal of Great Lakes Research, 37(4), 707-716.

Liu, H., Blanken, P.D., Weidinger, T., Nordbo, A., and Vesala, T. (2011). Variability in cold front activities modulating cool-season evaporation from a southern inland water in the USA. Environmental Research Letters, 6(2). DOI:10.1088/1748-9326/6/2/024022

Petchprayoon, P., Blanken, P.D., Ekkawatpanit, C., and Hussein, K. (2010). Hydrological impacts of land use/land cover change in a large river basin in central-northern Thailand. International Journal of Climatology, 30(13), 1917-1930. DOI:10.1002/joc.2131

Alfieri, J.G., Blanken, P.D., Smith, D. and Morgan, J.A. (2009). Concerning the measurement and magnitude of heat, water vapor and carbon dioxide exchange from a semiarid grassland. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 48(5), 982-996.

Publications updated February 2012