Robert Balling

  • Senior Sustainability Scientist, Global Institute of Sustainability
  • Professor, School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Director, Master of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems

Arizona State University
School of Geographical Sciences
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302
USA
480-965-7533
Email: robert.balling@asu.edu
Web: http://geoplan.asu.edu/balling

Biography

Robert Balling came to Arizona State University (ASU) in 1985 to join the Office of Climatology, where he served as the director for 15 years. He is a professor in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning, where he is currently the director of Advanced Study in Geographic Information Systems. Balling is a senior fellow in the Goldwater Institute at ASU, a member of the Committee of the European Science and Environment Forum, and a contributing member of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. He is also a past member of the United Nations International Panel of Experts on Desertification. His work focuses upon climate-change issues, particularly how well historical records of climate match numerical model predictions given the ongoing buildup of greenhouse gases. Balling began his academic career in 1979 as an assistant professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Nebraska, where he was also a Research Fellow for the Center for Agricultural Meteorology and Climatology.

Expertise

climatology; climate change; geographic information science

Education

    Ph.D., Geography, University of Oklahoma, 1979

    M.A., Geography, Bowling Green State University, 1975

    A.B., Geography, Witterberg University, 1974

Journal Articles

In Press

Wentz, E. A., A. J. Wills, W. Kim, S. W. Myint, P. Gober and R. C. Balling. In Press. Factors influencing water consumption in multifamily housing in Tempe, Arizona. The Professional Geographer DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2013.805627. (link)

2011

Balling, R. C. and G. B. Goodrich. 2011. Spatial analysis of variations and trends in precipitation intensity in the USA. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 104(3-4):415-421.

2010

Balling, R. C. and G. B. Goodrich. 2010. Increasing drought in the American Southwest? A continental perspective using a spatial analytical evaluation of recent trends. Physical Geography 31(4):293-306.

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Posters

2008

Balling, R. C., P. Gober and N. S. Jones. 2008. Climate sensitivity of residential water consumption for the city of Phoenix, Arizona. Poster presented at 10 January 2008 CAP LTER 10th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

2007

Lee, S. J., R. C. Balling and P. Gober. 2007. A soft geostatistical application in urban climate research. Poster presented at the January 10, 2007 CAP LTER Ninth Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

2006

Balling, R. C. and G. B. Goodrich. 2006. Drought determinations for the Colorado River Basin. Poster presented at the 8th Annual Central Arizona — Phoenix Long-Term Ecological Research (CAP LTER) Poster Symposium, Tempe, AZ. January 19, 2006. (link)

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Presentations

2009

Svoma, B. M. and R. C. Balling. 2009. An anthropogenic signal in Phoenix, Arizona winter precipitation. Presented January 12, 2009 at the Eighth Symposium on the Urban Environment and 89th American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona.

Svoma, B. M. and R. C. Balling. 2009. An anthropogenic signal in Phoenix, Arizona winter precipitation. Presented March 25, 2009 at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, Las Vegas, Nevada.

2008

Balling, R. C., P. Gober and T. Jones. 2008. Sensitivity of residential water consumption to variations in climate: An intra-urban analysis of Phoenix, Arizona. Presented at the September 2008 18th International Congress of Biometeorology, Tokyo, Japan.

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