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Craig Ramseyer

Assistant Professor
Craig Ramseyer
215 Wallace Hall


  • Climate Modeling
  • Hydroclimatology
  • Tropical Climatology
  • Artificial neural network applications in the Atmospheric Sciences

Dr. Ramseyer holds a Bachelor of Science in Geographic Science degree from James Madison University, and Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Geography from the University of Georgia. Dr. Ramseyer is a native of southwest Virginia having spent much of his childhood in Abingdon. In 2016, he joined the faculty in the Department of Geography and Geosciences at Salisbury University as an Assistant Professor where he remained until joining the Department of Geography at Virginia Tech in August 2019. 

Dr. Ramseyer’s primary area of research focuses on tropical rainfall, particularly in the Caribbean, and how climate change is likely to change drought and flooding. His other published research has examined weather impacts on football player mortality, climate change impacts on severe convective environments, and moisture impacts on Greenland ice melt. His publications have appeared in Climate Dynamics, Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, International Journal of Climatology, and Science of the Total Environment. He is an active member of the American Geophysical Union, American Meteorological Society, and the American Association of Geographers.

Recent Publications:

2019                Ramseyer C.A., T.L. Mote, and P.W. Miller: Future Precipitation Variability during the Early Rainfall Season in the El Yunque National Forest. Science of the Total Environment, 661, 326–336, doi:10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.01.167.

2019                Miller, P.W., Mote, T.L., Ramseyer, C.A.: An empirical study of the relationship between seasonal precipitation and thermodynamic environment in Puerto Rico. Weather and. Forecasting, 34, 277–288, doi: 10.1175/WAF-D-18-0127.1.

2018                Ramseyer, C.A. and T.L. Mote: Empirical Downscaling of Historical Rainfall in Northeast Puerto Rico using Self-Organizing Maps. International Journal of Climatology, 38, e224–e236, doi:10.1002/joc.5364.

2018                Miller, P.W., T. L. Mote, C. A. Ramseyer, A. E. Van Beusekom, M. A. Scholl, and G. González: A 42-yr Inference of Cloud Base Height Trends in the Luquillo Mountains of Northeastern Puerto Rico. Climate Research, 76, 87–94, doi:10.3354/cr01529.

2017                Mote, T.L., C.A. Ramseyer, and P. W. Miller: The Saharan Air Layer as an Early Rainfall Season Suppressant in the Eastern Caribbean: The 2015 Puerto Rico Drought. Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres, 122, 10966–10982, doi: 10.1002/2017JD026911.

2016                Mattingly, K.S., C.A. Ramseyer, J.J. Rosen, T.L. Mote, and R. Muthyala: Increasing water vapor transport to the Greenland Ice Sheet revealed using Self-Organizing Maps. Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 9250–9258 doi: 10.1002/2016GL070424.

2016                Ramseyer, C.A. and T.L. Mote: Atmospheric Controls on Puerto Rico precipitation using Artificial Neural Networks. Climate Dynamics, 1–10, doi: 10.1007/s00382-016-2980-3.

Recent Grants

2020-2023     Ramseyer, C.A. (co-PI) Understanding the Mechanisms Leading to Early Warning of Meteorological and Hydrological Drought in the U.S. Caribbean. NOAA Climate Program Office. (Total: $507,198; Virginia Tech $154,367)

2017–2018       Ramseyer, C.A. (Senior Personnel). Future Precipitation Variability in the El Yunque National Forest. National Science Foundation: Luquillo Long-Term Ecological Research Site ($5000).