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Mathew Barlow

Matthew Barlow is a Professor in the Environmental, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences Department at UMass Lowell.
Mathew Barlow Professor

Expertise

Climate variability and change

Research Interests

climate variability, climate change, droughts, floods, heat waves

Influence of large-scale climate variability and change on local conditions of importance to society. Particular climate focii include: climate change, droughts, floods, and heat waves. Particular geographic regions include the Northeast US, North America, Southwest Asia, Middle East, and Africa.

Education

  • Ph D: Metereology, (1999), University of Maryland - Maryland
  • BA: Physics, (1991), Swarthmore College

Selected Awards and Honors

  • EEAS Departmental Teaching Excellence Award (2009), Teaching - EEAS, UML
  • EEAS Departmental Teaching Excellence Award (2007), Teaching - UML
  • NCAR Advanced Studies Program Summer Colloquium (2000), Scholarship/Research - NCAR
  • UCAR Postdoctoral Fellowship (1999), Scholarship/Research - UCAR
  • NASA Earth System Science Fellowship (1997), Scholarship/Research - NASA
  • Inducted into the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society (1991), Scholarship/Research - Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society

Selected Publications

  • Hoell, A., Funk, C., Barlow, M., Cannon, F. (). A Physical Model for Extreme Drought over Southwest Asia (pp. 283-298). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Kirchhoff, C.J., Barsugli, J.J., Galford, G.L., Karmalkar, A.V., Lombardo, K., Stephenson, S.R., Barlow, M., Seth, A., Wang, G., Frank, A. (2019). Climate assessments for local action. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 100(11) 2147--2152.
  • Agel, L., Barlow, M., Colby, F.P., Binder, H., Catto, J.L., Hoell, A., Cohen, J. (2019). Dynamical analysis of extreme precipitation in the US northeast based on large-scale meteorological patterns. Climate Dynamics, 52(3-4) 1739--1760.
  • Agel, L., Barlow, M., Collins, M.J., Douglas, E., Kirshen, P. (2019). Hydrometeorological Conditions Preceding Extreme Streamflow for the Charles and Mystic River Basins of Eastern Massachusetts. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 20(9) 1795--1812.
  • Barlow, M., Gutowski, W.J., Gyakum, J.R., Katz, R.W., Lim, Y., Schumacher, R.S., Wehner, M.F., Agel, L., Bosilovich, M., Collow, A., others, . (2019). North American extreme precipitation events and related large-scale meteorological patterns: a review of statistical methods, dynamics, modeling, and trends. Climate Dynamics, 53(11) 6835--6875.
  • Hoell, A., Barlow, M., Xu, T., Zhang, T. (2018). Cold season southwest Asia precipitation sensitivity to El Ni\~no--Southern Oscillation events. Journal of Climate, 31(11) 4463--4482.
  • Kretschmer, M., Coumou, D., Agel, L., Barlow, M., Tziperman, E., Cohen, J. (2018). More-persistent weak stratospheric polar vortex states linked to cold extremes. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 99(1) 49--60.
  • Hoell, A., Cannon, F., Barlow, M. (2018). Middle East and Southwest Asia Daily Precipitation Characteristics Associated with the Madden–Julian Oscillation during Boreal Winter. Journal of Climate, 31(21) 8843-8860.
  • Hoell, A., Barlow, M., Xu, T., Zhang, T. (2018). Cold Season Southwest Asia Precipitation Sensitivity to El Niño–Southern Oscillation Events. Journal of Climate, 31(11) 4463-4482.
  • Agel, L., Barlow, M., Feldstein, S.B., Gutowski, W.J. (2018). Identification of large-scale meteorological patterns associated with extreme precipitation in the US northeast. Climate Dynamics, 50(5-6) 1819-1839.
  • Hoell, A., Barlow, M., Cannon, F., Xu, T. (2017). Oceanic Origins of Historical Southwest Asia Precipitation During the Boreal Cold Season. Journal of Climate, (2017).
  • Barlow, M., Zaitchik, B., Paz, S., Black, E., Evans, J., Hoell, A. (2016). A review of drought in the middle east and southwest Asia. Journal of Climate, 29(23) 8547–8574.
  • Schubert, S.D., Stewart, R.E., Wang, H., Barlow, M., Berbery, E.H., Cai, W., Hoerling, M.P., Kanikicharla, K.K., Koster, R.D., Lyon, B., others, . (2016). Global meteorological drought: a synthesis of current understanding with a focus on SST drivers of precipitation deficits. Journal of Climate, 29(11) 3989–4019.
  • Barlow, M., Hoell, A., Schubert, S., Wang, H. (2016). How well do models reproduce the ocean-forced teleconnections associated with droughts and pluvials in the Middle East and Southwest Asia? (18: pp. 11012).
  • Barlow, M., Hoell, A., Schubert, S., Wang, H. (2016). Modeling drought variability in the water scarce Middle East and Southwest Asia (18: pp. 11038).
  • Grotjahn, R., Black, R., Leung, R., Wehner, M.F., Barlow, M., Bosilovich, M., Gershunov, A., Gutowski, Jr, W.J., Gyakum, J.R., Katz, R.W., others, . (2016). North American extreme temperature events and related large scale meteorological patterns: a review of statistical methods, dynamics, modeling, and trends. Climate Dynamics, 46(3-4) 1151–1184.
  • Hoell, A., Funk, C., Barlow, M., Shukla, S. (2016). Recent and Possible Future Variations in the North American Monsoon (pp. 149-162). Springer International Publishing
  • Hoell, A., Funk, C., Barlow, M., Shukla, S. (2016). Recent and possible future variations in the North American Monsoon (pp. 149–162). Springer
  • Barlow, M., Cohen, J., Furtado, J. (2016). Three-dimensional structure and daily evolution of vertically-coherent troposphere-stratosphere wave activity pulses (18: pp. 11056).
  • Roller, C.D., Qian, J., Agel, L., Barlow, M., Moron, V. (2016). Winter Weather Regimes in the Northeast United States. Journal of Climate, 29(8) 2963 - 2980.
  • Barlow, M., Hoell, A. (2015). Drought in the Middle East and Central–Southwest Asia During Winter 2013/14. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 96(12) S71-S76.
  • Agel, L., Barlow, M., Qian, J., Colby, F.P., Douglas, E., Eichler, T. (2015). Climatology of Daily Precipitation and Extreme Precipitation Events in the Northeast United States. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 16(6) 2537–2557.
  • Hoell, A., Funk, C., Barlow, M. (2015). The Forcing of Southwestern Asia Teleconnections by Low-Frequency Sea Surface Temperature Variability during Boreal Winter. Journal of Climate, 28(4) 1511–1526.
  • Hoell, A., Funk, C., Barlow, M. (2015). The Forcing of Southwestern Asia Teleconnections by Low-Frequency Sea Surface Temperature Variability during Boreal Winter. Journal of Climate, 28(4) 1511-1526.
  • Hoell, A., Barlow, M., Wheeler, M., Funk, C. (2014). Disruptions of El Niño - Southern Oscillation Teleconnections by the Madden-Julian Oscillation. Geophysical Research Letters, 41 998-1004.
  • Hoell, A., Funk, C., Barlow, M. (2014). La Nina diversity and Northwest Indian Ocean rim teleconnections. Climate Dynamics, 43 2707-2724.
  • Cohen, J., Furtado, J., Jones, J., Barlow, M., Whittleson, D., Entekhabi, D. (2014). Linking Siberian Snow Cover to Precursors of Stratospheric Variability. Journal of Climate, 27 5422-5432.
  • Cohen, J., Screen, J.A., Furtado, J.C., Barlow, M., Whittleston, D., Coumou, D., Francis, J., Dethloff, K., Entekhabi, D., Overland, J., others, . (2014). Recent Arctic amplification and extreme mid-latitude weather. Nature geoscience, 7(9) 627–637.
  • Hoell, A., Funk, C., Barlow, M. (2014). The regional forcing of Northern hemisphere drought during recent warm tropical west Pacific Ocean La Nina events. Climate dynamics, 42(11-12) 3289–3311.
  • Hoell, A., Barlow, M., Saini, R. (2013). Intraseasonal and Seasonal-to-Interannual Indian Ocean Convection and Hemospheric Teleconnections. Journal of Climate, 26 8850-8867.
  • Saini, R., Barlow, M., Hoell, A. (2013). Is the North American Monsoon self-limiting? Geophysical Research Letters, 40 4442-4447.
  • Cohen, J.L., Furtado, J.C., Barlow, M., Alexeev, V.A., Cherry, J.E. (2012). Arctic warming, increasing snow cover and widespread boreal winter cooling. Environmental Research Letters, 7(1).
  • Cohen, J.L., Furtado, J.C., Barlow, M., Alexeev, V.A., Cherry, J.E. (2012). Asymmetric seasonal temperature trends. Geophysical Research Letters, 39(4).
  • Hoell, A., Barlow, M., Saini, R. (2012). The Leading Pattern of Intraseasonal and Interannual Indian Ocean Precipitation Variability and Its Relationship with Asian Circulation during the Boreal Cold Season. Journal of Climate, 25(21) 7509-7526.
  • Saini, R., Barlow, M., Hoell, A. (2011). Dynamics and thermodynamics of the regional response to the Indian monsoon onset. Journal of Climate, 24(22) 5879-5886.
  • Barlow, M. (2011). Influence of hurricane-related activity on North American extreme precipitation. Geophysical Research Letters, 38(4).
  • Agel, L., Lopez, V., Barlow, M., Colby, F. (2011). Regional and large-scale influences on summer ozone levels in Southern California. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 50(4) 800-805.
  • Barlow, M., Lau, W., Waliser, D. (2011). The Madden-Julian Oscillation influence on Africa and West Asia. Intraseasonal Variability in the Coupled Tropical Ocean-Atmosphere System,. Springer Praxis, 646.
  • Zhang, P., Anderson, B., Barlow, M., Tan, B., Myneni, R. (2010). Application of a satellite-based climate-variability impact index for crop yield forecasting in drought stricken regions. African J.Plant Sci, 4 82-94.
  • Small, D., Islam, S., Barlow, M. (2010). The impact of a hemispheric circulation regime on fall precipitation over North America. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 11(5) 1182-1189.
  • Cohen, J., Foster, J., Barlow, M., Saito, K., Jones, J. (2010). Winter 2009-2010: A case study of an extreme Arctic Oscillation event. Geophysical Research Letters, 37(17).
  • Cohen, J., Barlow, M., Saito, K. (2009). Decadal fluctuations in planetary wave forcing modulate global warming in late boreal winter. Journal of Climate, 22(16) 4418-4426.
  • Barlow, M., Tippett, M.K. (2008). Variability and predictability of Central Asia river flows: Antecedent winter precipitation and large-scale teleconnections. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 9(6) 1334-1349.
  • Funk, C., Dettinger, M.D., Michaelsen, J.C., Verdin, J.P., Brown, M.E., Barlow, M., Hoell, A. (2008). Warming of the Indian Ocean threatens eastern and southern African food security but could be mitigated by agricultural development. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 105(32) 11081-11086.
  • Barlow, M., Hoell, A., Colby, F. (2007). Examining the wintertime response to tropical convection over the Indian Ocean by modifying convective heating in a full atmospheric model. Geophysical Research Letters, 34(19).
  • Cohen, J., Barlow, M., Kushner, P.J., Saito, K. (2007). Stratosphere-troposphere coupling and links with Eurasian land surface variability. Journal of Climate, 20(21) 5335-5343.
  • Barlow, M., Salstein, D. (2006). Summertime influence of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on daily rainfall over Mexico and Central America. Geophysical Research Letters, 33(21).
  • Barlow, M., Salstein, D., Cullen, H. (2005). Hydrologic extremes in Central- Southwest Asia. Eos, 86 218.
  • Barlow, M., Wheeler, M., Lyon, B., Cullen, H. (2005). Modulation of daily precipitation over Southwest Asia by the Madden-Julian oscillation. Monthly Weather Review, 133(12) 3579-3594.
  • Cohen, J., Barlow, M. (2005). The NAO, the AO, and global warming: how closely related? J.Climate, 18 4498-4513.
  • Zhang, P., Anderson, B., Barlow, M., Tan, B., Myneni, R. (2004). Climate related vegetation characteristics derived from MODIS LAI and NDVI. J.Geophys., 109.
  • Barlow, M., Tippett, M. (2004). Predicting Central Asia river flows from regional precipitation and wind patterns during the preceding cold season. IAHS Red Book, Regional Hydrologic Impacts of Climate Variability, 1-7.
  • White, W., Tourre, Y., Barlow, M., Dettinger, M. (2003). A delayed action oscillator mechanism shared by biennial, interannual, and decadal signals in the Pacific basin. J.Geophys.Res, 108.
  • Tipett, M.K., Barlow, M., Lyon, B. (2003). Statistical correction of Central Southwest Asia winter precipitation simulations. Int.J.Climate, 23 1421-1433.
  • Barlow, M., Cullen, H., Lyon, B. (2002). Drought in Central and Southwest Asia: La Nina, the warm pool, and Indian Ocean precipitation. J.Climate, 15 697-700.
  • Barlow, M., Nigam, S., Berbery, E.H. (2001). ENSO, Pacific decadal variability, and U.S summertime precipitation, drought, and stream flow. J.Climate, 14 2105-2128.
  • Tourre, Y., Rajagopalan, B., Kushnir, Y., Barlow, M., White, W. (2001). Patterns of Coherent Decadal and Interdecadal Climate Signals in the Pacific Basin during the 20th Century. Geophysical Research Letters, 28 2069-2072.
  • Nigam, S., Barlow, M., Berbery, E.H. (1999). Analysis links Pacific decadal variability to drought and stream flow in United States. Eos, 80 621-622.
  • Barlow, M., Nigam, S., Berbery, E.H. (1998). Evolution of the North American Monsoon System. J.Climate, 11 2238-2257.

Selected Presentations

  • Barlow, M., 2012: Drought in the Middle East and Southwest Asia - WCRP Global Drought Information System Workshop, 2012 - Frascati, Italy
  • Barlow, M., 2011: The use of large-scale climate data to predict drought, river-flow, and vegetation over Central-Southwest Asia. - 2011 Symposium on Data-Driven Approaches to Droughts, 2011 - West Lafayette, Indiana, United States
  • Barlow, M., 2011: Seasonal and subseasonal predictability of drought in Central- Southwest Asia. - WCRP Workshop on Drought Predictability and Prediction in a Changing Climate, 2011 - Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain
  • Estimating oceanic precipitation during the 1930s Dustbowl and 1950s US droughts. - 2010 Annual Meeting, 2010 - Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Barlow, M., 2010: Influence of the Madden-Julian Oscillation on Middle East Precipitation. - 2010 Regional Meeting, 2010 - Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Barlow, M., 2010: Israel Drought Hazard During 1998-2000, Connections to Historic Drought Patterns, and Ocean Trends - 2010 Regional Meeting, 2010 - Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Barlow, M., 2008: Extreme rainfall, hurricanes, and the Madden-Julian Oscillation: Impacts and predictability. - 2008 AMS Annual Meeting, 2008 - New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Barlow, M., 2008: Snowmelt, drought, and vegetation in the western US: regional scale patterns and predictability. - 2008 AMS Annual Meeting, 2008 - New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
  • Barlow, M., and M. Tippett, 2008: Predicting Central Asia river flows. - Association of American Geographers, 2008 Annual Meeting, 2008 - Boston, Massachusetts, United States
  • Barlow, M., and J. Rhoads, 2007: Hurricanes, extreme rainfall, and subseasonal predictability for the US, Mexico, and Central America. - AGU 2007 Joint Assembly, 2007 - Acapulco, Mexico
  • Barlow, M., 2007: Tropical influences on the hydroclimate and vegetation of Central and Southwest Asia., 2007
  • Barlow, M., H. Cullen, B. Lyon, and O. Wilhelmi, 2006: Calculating drought hazard at the country-level in Asia. - 2006 AMS Annual Meeting, 2006 - Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • Barlow, M., and M. Tippett, 2006: Predictability of Central Asia river flows: the role of regional and large-scale climate variability. - 2006 EGU Annual Meeting, 2006 - Vienna, Austria
  • Barlow, M., and M. Tippett, 2005: The use of large-scale information to predict Central Asia river flows at one and two season leads. - 2005 AMS Annual Meeting, 2005 - San Diego, California, United States

Selected Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Collaborative Research: SIMS: SustainabIlity with DynaMic Systems: A community-based development and propagation model to promote system dynamics for sustainability (2018), Grant - NSF-IUSE
    Sobkowicz Kline, M.J., Rooney-Varga, J.N., Barlow, M.
  • Observed and modeled interactions between droughts and heat waves for the Northeast US (2020), Grant - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
    Barlow, M. (Principal), Skinner, C.B. (Co-Principal)