Robert Balling

Robert Balling
Senior Sustainability Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley 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

robert.balling@asu.edu
480-965-7533
Website

School of Geographical Sciences
Arizona State University
PO Box 875302
Tempe, AZ 85287-5302
USA

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.

PhD, Geography, University of Oklahoma, 1979

MA, Geography, Bowling Green State University, 1975

AB, Geography, Witterberg University, 1974

Journal Articles

2015

Hondula, D. M., R. C. Balling Jr., J. K. Vanos and M. Georgescu. 2015. Rising temperatures, human health, and the role of adaptation. Current Climate Change Reports DOI: 10.1007/s40641-015-0016-4. (link)

2014

Hondula, D. M., M. Georgescu and R. C. Balling Jr. 2014. Challenges associated with projecting urbanization-induced heat-related mortality. Science of The Total Environment 490:538-544. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2014.04.130. (link)

Wentz, E. A., A. J. Wills, W. K. Kim, S. W. Myint, P. Gober and R. C. Balling. 2014. Factors influencing water consumption in multifamily housing in Tempe, Arizona. The Professional Geographer 66(3):501-510. DOI: 10.1080/00330124.2013.805627. (link)

2013

Svoma, B. M., D. S. Krahenbuhl, C. E. Bush, J. W. Malloy, J. R. White, M. A. Wagner, M. B. Pace, K. Debiasse, N. J. Selover, R. C. Balling and R. S. Cerveny. 2013. Expansion of the northern hemisphere subtropical high pressure belt: Trends and linkages to precipitation and drought. Physical Geography 34(3):174-187. DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2013.820657. (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.

Gober, P., C. W. Kirkwood, R. C. Balling, A. W. Ellis and S. Deitrick. 2010. Water planning under climatic uncertainty in Phoenix: Why we need a new paradigm. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 100(2):356-372. DOI: 10.1080/00045601003595420. (link)

Svoma, B. M. and R. C. Balling. 2010. United States' interannual precipitation variability over the past century: Is variability increasing as predicted by models?. Physical Geography 31(4):307-318.

Svoma, B. M., R. C. Balling and M. W. Ellis. 2010. Analysis of soil moisture trends in the Salt River watershed of Central Arizona. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 102(1-2):159-169. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-010-0255-1.

2009

Balling, R. C. and H. C. Cubaque. 2009. Estimating future residential water consumption in Phoenix, Arizona based on simulated changes in climate. Physical Geography 30(4):308-323.

Roy, S. S. and R. C. Balling. 2009. Evaluation of extreme precipitation indices using daily records (1910-2000) from India. Weather 64(6):149-152.

Svoma, B. M. and R. C. Balling. 2009. An anthropogenic signal in Phoenix, Arizona winter precipitation. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 98(3-4):315-321. DOI: 10.1007/s00704-009-0121-1. (link)

2008

Balling, R. C., P. Gober and T. Jones. 2008. Sensitivity of residential water consumption to variations in weather and climate: An intraurban analysis of Phoenix, Arizona. Water Resources Research 44. DOI: 10.1029/2007WR006722.

Cerveny, R. S., B. M. Svoma, R. C. Balling and R. S. Vose. 2008. Gregorian calendar bias in monthly temperature databases. Geophysical Research Letters 35:L19706. DOI: 10.1029/2008GL035209.

Drezner, T. D. and R. C. Balling. 2008. Regeneration cycles of the keystone species Carnegiea gigantea are linked to worldwide volcanism. Journal of Vegetation Science 19:587-596.

Ellis, M. W., T. W. Hawkins, R. C. Balling and P. Gober. 2008. Estimating future runoff levels for a semi-arid fluvial system in central Arizona. Climate Research 35(3):227-239.

Lee, S. J., R. C. Balling and P. Gober. 2008. Bayesian Maximum Entropy mapping and the soft data problem in urban climate research. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 98(2):309-322.

Walker, J. S., R. C. Balling, J. M. Briggs, M. V. Katti, P. S. Warren and E. A. Wentz. 2008. Birds of a feather: Interpolating distribution patterns of urban birds. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems 32(1):19-28. DOI: 10.1016/j.compenvurbsys.2007.02.001. (link)

2007

Balling, R. C. and P. Gober. 2007. Climate variability and residential water use in the City of Phoenix, Arizona. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 46(7):1130-1137.

Balling, R. C. and G. B. Goodrich. 2007. Analysis of drought determinants for the Colorado River Basin. Climatic Change 82(1-2):179-194.

Brommer, D. M., R. S. Cerveny and R. C. Balling. 2007. Characteristics of long-duration precipitation events across the United States. Geophysical Research Letters 34. DOI: 10.1029/2007GL031808.

Roy, S. S. and R. C. Balling. 2007. Diurnal variations in summer season precipitation in India. International Journal of Climatology 27(7):969-976.

2006

Shutters, S. T. and R. C. Balling. 2006. Weekly cycling of environmental variables in Phoenix, Arizona. Atmospheric Environment 40(2):304-310. DOI: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2005.09.037.

1990

Bryant, N. A., L. F. Johnson, A. J. Brazel, R. C. Balling, C. F. Hutchinson and D. D. Beck. 1990. Measuring the effect of overgrazing in the Sonoran Desert. Climate Change 103-124.

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)

Ellis, A. W., G. M. Garfin, R. C. Balling and C. Graham. 2006. A hydroclimactic indexing concept for monitoring drought. Poster presented at the 19 January 2006 CAP LTER 8th Annual Poster Symposium, Global Institute of Sustainability, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ. (link)

2005

Atkinson-Palombo, C. M., J. A. Miller and R. C. Balling. 2005. Seasonal variation in the 'weekend effect' for ozone in Phoenix, AZ. Poster presented October 12-16 at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers, Phoenix, AZ.

Presentations

2009

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.

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.

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.

2007

Balling, R. C. and M. W. Ellis. 2007. Climate change 2050: Impacts on the Salt and Verde watersheds. Paper presented at the February 2007 Family Farm Alliance Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

Balling, R. C., M. W. Ellis, N. Hawkins and P. Gober. 2007. Impacts of potential climate change on the Phoenix, Arizona water supply. Presented at the April 19, 2007 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Geographers, San Francisco, CA.

2006

Balling, R. C. 2006. Analysis of drought determinants for the Colorado River Basin. Paper presented September 2006 at the Association of Pacific Coast Geographers. Eugene, OR.

Balling, R. C. and M. W. Ellis. 2006. Climate change 2050: Impacts on the Salt and Verde watersheds. Presented at the December 13-15, 2006 Colorado River Water User's Association, Las Vegas, NV.

Balling, R. C. and M. W. Ellis. 2006. Simulating the potential impacts of regional climate change on Water Supply from the Salt and Verde watersheds. Presented at the September 6, 2006 DCDC Symposium on The Impact of Climate on Water Supply Reliability, Tempe, AZ.

Ellis, M. W. and R. C. Balling. 2006. Hydroclimatic modeling of the Salt and Verde watersheds. Paper presented at the Decision Center for a Desert City External Advisory Committee Program Review, Tempe, AZ.

Ellis, M. W. and R. C. Balling. 2006. The potential impacts of climate change on Arizona watersheds. Paper presented at the September 18-20, 2006 Geological Society of America Specialty Meeting: Managing Drought and Water Scarcity in Vulnerable Environments: Creating a Roadmap for Change in the United States, Boulder/Longmont, CO.