photo of rohliRobert V. Rohli

Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Phone:  225-578-6346


Office:  2135 Energy, Coast, & Environment Building

Bachelor’s Degree(s):  B.A., University of New Orleans, 1989

Master’s Degree(s):  M.S., The Ohio State University, 1991            

Ph.D.(s):  Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1995


Research Interests:

Coastal weather and climate, atmospheric circulation variability, atmospheric hazards, tropical cyclone dynamics, surface-atmosphere interactions, synoptic meteorology and climatology, geoscience education, history of science


Courses Taught:

Coastal meteorology

Surface-atmosphere interactions


Recent Publications:

Rohli, R.V. and A.J. Vega, 2018:  Climatology.  Fourth edition.  Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury, Massachusetts, 418 pp., 978─1─284─11998─5.

Reynolds, S.J., R.V. Rohli, J.K. Johnson, P.R. Waylen, and M.A. Francek, 2018:  Exploring Physical Geography.  Second edition.  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., New York, New York, 658 pp., 978─1─259─67163─0. 

Collins, J.M., R.V. Rohli, and C. Paxton, 2017:  Weather and Climate of Florida: More Than Just Sunshine.  University Press of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 248 pp., 978─0─81─305444─5.

“Contributing author” to Reynolds, S.J. and J.K. Johnson, 2016:  Exploring Earth Science.  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., New York, New York, 640 pp., 978─0–07–809614–3 (first of four listed contributing authors).

Yoo, J., R.V. Rohli, and J.M. Collins, 2016:  Planetary-scale low-level circulation and the unique development of Hurricane Wilma in 2005.  In Lupo, A.R. (ed.), Recent Hurricane Research: Climate, Dynamics, and Societal Impacts, InTech, doi: 10.5772/64061, Available at:

Rohli, R.V., J.M. Collins, R.L. Ersing, G.D. Lunsford, and A.M. Ludwig, 2018:  Developing a scale to measure hurricane preparedness for university housing employees.  Weather, Climate, and Society, in press.

Sokol, N.J. and R.V. Rohli, 2018:  Land cover, lightning frequency, and turbulent fluxes over southern Louisiana.  Applied Geography, in press doi: 11.003.

Ballinger, T.J., R.V. Rohli, M.J. Allen, D.A. Robinson, and T.W. Estilow, 2018:  A half-century perspective on snowline and snow cover associations with the Pacific/North American pattern.  Climate Research, in press, doi:

Mihunov, V., N.S.N. Lam, L. Zou, R.V. Rohli, N. Bushra, M.A. Reams, and J.E. Argote, 2017:  Community resilience to drought hazard in south-central United States.  Annals of the American Association of Geographers, in press, doi: 10.1080/24694452.2017. 1372177.

Wang, L., R.V. Rohli, X. Yan, and Y. Li, 2017:  A new method of multi-model ensemble to improve the simulation of the geographic distribution of Köppen-Geiger climate classification.  International Journal of Climatology 37, 5129─5138, doi: 10.1002/ joc.5150.

Yoo, J., R.V. Rohli, and J.M. Collins, 2017:  Low-level westerly winds, topography, and tropical cyclogenesis of Arlene (2005): Observations and model simulations.  The Professional Geographer 69, 348─361, doi: 10.1080/00330124.2016.1252270.

Friedland, C.J., T.A. Joyner, C. Massarra, R.V. Rohli, A.M. Treviño, S. Ghosh, C. Huyck, and M. Weatherhead, 2017:  Isotropic and anisotropic kriging approaches for interpolating surface-level wind speeds across large, geographically diverse regions.  Geomatics, Natural Hazards, and Risk 8, 207─224, doi: 10.1080/19475705.2016.1185749.

Rohli, R.V., N. Bushra, N. Lam, L. Zou, V. Mihunov, M.A. Reams, and J.E. Argote, 2016: Drought indices as drought predictors in the south-central United States.  Natural Hazards 83, 1567─1582, doi: 10.1007/s11069‒016‒2376‒z.

Pino, J.V., R.V. Rohli, K.L. Delong, G.L. Harley, and J.C. Trepanier, 2016:  Using multiple proxies to document Gulf of Mexico tropical cyclones from 1820–1915.  PLoS One 11, e0167482, 9 pp., doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0167482.

Rohli, R.V. and P.E. Binford, 2016:  Recent trends in geography education in Louisiana.  Journal of Geography 115, 224─230, doi: 10.1080/00221341.2016.1158850.

Rohli, R.V. and M.L. Johnson, 2016:  The legacy of Jedidiah Morse in early American geography education: Forgotten and/or forgettable geographer?  Geographical Review 106, 465─483, doi: 10.1111/j.1931‒0846.2016.121183.x.

Yoo, J. and R.V. Rohli, 2016:  Global distribution of Köppen-Geiger climate types during the Last Glacial Maximum, mid-Holocene, and present.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 446, 326─337, doi: 10.1016/j.palaeo.2015.12.010.