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Arthur T DeGaetano

Professor and Department Chair


Art DeGaetano is Professor in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell. He is also the director of the federally-supported Northeast Regional Climate Center (NRCC). The NRCC`s mission is to enhance the use and dissemination of climate information to a wide variety of sectors in the Northeast. Art serves as an editor for the American Meteorological Society Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. Art has been at Cornell since 1991 serving as the center`s Research Climatologist until 2001. Prior to his arrival at Cornell Art was an Assistant Professor with the Meteorology Department at the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City. He received an interdisciplinary Ph.D. focusing on Climatology and Horticulture from Rutgers University in 1989.

Research Focus

My research focus can best be described as applied climatology. This involves the development of methods and data sets that provide climatological information to decision-makers in a variety of fields. Four more specific research areas make up this general focus, modeling climate influences on man-made and biological systems, documenting observed variations in the climate system, improving climate data quality and assessing climate impacts.



Graduate Fields

  • Atmospheric Science