TAMU Geography
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Oliver W.
Research Interests

Professor; PhD, University of Virginia

Synoptic climatology, surface-atmosphere interactions, climate change

Texas A&M University
Dept. of Geography
810 O&M, 3147 TAMU
979-862-8420 voice
979-862-4487 fax

My research activities include a broad range of topics in climate variability and climate change. I focus primarily on surface-atmosphere interactions, over both land and the oceans. One of these research areas investigates changes in Arctic and high-altitude environments; specifically, the interactions between frozen ground (permafrost and seasonally frozen areas) and other cryospheric variables in the high latitudes of Eurasia, and their geophysical feedbacks to the overlying atmosphere.

I also continue to explore ocean-atmosphere interactions: in the tropics and midlatitudes in regard to monsoonal variations and precipitation in places like West Africa, and in the Arctic, to account for atmospheric and hydrologic cycle changes related to climate warming, in light of the declining Arctic sea ice cover.

Full Curriculum Vitae

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Selected Publications

Vecellio, D. J. and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2022: Surface and Sub-Surface Drivers of Autumn Temperature Increase Over Eurasian Permafrost. Clim. Change, 172(1-2), 13, doi:10.1007/s10584-022-03366-3.

Ford, V. L. and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2022: Arctic Precipitation Recycling and Hydrologic Changes in Response to Sea Ice Loss. Global Planet. Change, 209, 103752, doi:10.1016/j.gloplacha.2022.103752.

Vecellio, D. J. and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2021: The Contribution of Changing Surface Thermodynamics on Twentieth and Twenty-First Century Air Temperatures Over Eurasian Permafrost. Clim. Dynam., 57(3), 933-952, doi:10.1007/s00382-021-05747-3.

Ford, V. L., O. W. Frauenfeld, C. J. Nowotarski, and R. J. Bombardi, 2021: Effective Sea Ice Area Based on a Thickness Threshold. Clim. Dynam., 56(11), 3541-3552, doi:10.1007/s00382-021-05655-6.

Vecellio, D. J., C. J. Nowotarski and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2019: The Role of Permafrost in Eurasian Land-Atmosphere Interactions. J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., 124(22), 11644-11660, doi:10.1029/2019JD031204.

Bombardi, R. J., J. L. Kinter III, and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2019: A Gobal Dataset of the Characteristics of the Rainy and Dry Seasons. Bull. Amer. Meteorol. Soc., 100(7), 1315-1328, doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-18-0177.1.

Peng, X., T. Zhang, O. W. Frauenfeld, K. Wang, D. Luo, B. Cao, H. Su, H. Jin, and Q. Wu, 2018: Spatiotemporal changes in active layer thickness under contemporary and projected climate in the Northern Hemisphere. J. Climate, 31(1), 251-266, doi:10.1175/JCLI-D-16-0721.1.

Ford, T. W. and O. W. Frauenfeld, 2016: Surface-Atmosphere Moisture Interactions in the Frozen Ground Regions of Eurasia. Sci. Rep., 6, 19163, doi:10.1038/srep19163.


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