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Ryan Fogt

Ryan Fogt, portrait
Professor and Scalia Lab Director
Lindley N267 and S227, Athens Campus

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Monday and Wednesday, 2 to 4 p.m., or by appointment

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Ph.D., The Ohio State University, 2007


  • Polar meteorology and climatology
  • Climate variability and change
  • Stratosphere - troposphere interactions


Dr. Fogt studies climate dynamics, in particular how components of the large-scale atmospheric circulation affect climate across the Southern Hemisphere, especially Antarctica. His work incorporates climate models, observations, and station-based reconstructions of pressure variability to distinguish the contributions of natural variability and anthropogenic forcing in ongoing Antarctic climate change.

Dr. Fogt’s most recent work investigates how variations in the position and intensity of the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas Low, a semi-permanent low pressure system off the coast of West Antarctica, influences the regional climate. In the past, he also conducted outreach to several schools in southeast Ohio on Antarctic climate change through support by the Ohio Space Grant Consortium.

Dr. Fogt teaches many of the meteorology courses within the Geography Department, ranging from an introductory-level course in meteorology, to courses in atmospheric dynamics. He also serves as the director of the Scalia Laboratory for Atmospheric Analysis, the on-campus meteorology laboratory used for teaching, research, and forecasting.

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 3010: Meteorology
  • GEOG 3020: Climatology
  • GEOG 3050: Physical Meteorology
  • GEOG 4080: Dynamic Meteorology I
  • GEOG 4090: Dynamic Meteorology II
  • GEOG 6010: Seminar in Meteorology (Global Climate Change)

Representative Publications

Clem, K. R., and R. L. Fogt, 2014: Varying roles of ENSO and SAM on the Antarctic Peninsula Climate. J. Geophys. Res, in press.

Fogt, R.L., (Associate Editor and Section Author), 2013: Antarctica [In “State of the Climate in 2012”]. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 94, S133-S146.

Fogt, R. L., J. M. Jones, and J. Renwick, 2012: Seasonal zonal asymmetries in the Southern Annular Mode and their impact on regional temperature anomalies. J. Climate, 25, 6253-6270.

Fogt, R. L., A. J. Wovrosh, R. A. Langen, and I. Simmonds, 2012: The characteristic variability and connection to the underlying synoptic activity of the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas Low. J. Geophys. Res., 117, doi:10.1029/2011JD017337.

Fogt, R. L., D. H. Bromwich, and K. M. Hines, 2011: Understanding the SAM influence on the South Pacific ENSO teleconnection. Climate Dynamics, 36, 1555-1576.

Fogt, R. L., J. Perlwitz, A. J. Monaghan, D.H. Bromwich, J. M. Jones, and G. J. Marshall, 2009: Historical SAM Variability. Part II: 20th Century Variability and Trends from Reconstructions, Observations, and the IPCC AR4 Models. J. Climate, 22, 5346-5365.

Selected Student Projects

Ming Yeung Lee (Geography M.S.) May 2013. Antarctic station-based pressure reconstructions from 1905-2011 using principal component regression

Emily Sheer (Geography M.S.) May 2013. The joint influence of ENSO and NAO on U.S. landfalling hurricanes and their origination points.

Elizabeth Zbacnik (Geography M.S.) August 2012. The sensitivity of the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Seas Low to changes in greenhouse gas concentrations and stratospheric ozone depletion.

Alek Krautmann (Geography M.S.), May 2012. Midwest urban heat wave climatology: What constitutes the worst events?

Alex Wovrosh, B.S. Geography-Meteorology with Honors, 2012. Characteristics of strong cyclonic activity in the Amundsen and Bellingshausen Seas: Connection to the regional climate change and the climatological mean.

Nicole Grams, B.S. Geography-Meteorology with Honors, 2011. Investigating the sea, lake, and overland surge from hurricanes (SLOSH) model: A multi-part verification for hurricanes Gustav and Ike using Geographic Information Systems (GIS).