Walker Ashley

Associate Professor, Meteorology

walker-ashleyWidely quoted in the media for his expertise, Walker Ashley is an atmospheric scientist and physical geographer with interests in geophysical hazards and societal interactions, severe storms, applied climatology and meteorology, and the use of geographic information systems in the atmospheric sciences. Ashley’s areas of expertise include:

  • The increasing risk of tornado vulnerability due to growing populations and suburban sprawl.
  • Nighttime tornadoes – his research has shown they are 2.5 times more likely to be deadly.
  • Thunderstorm formation and the ability of large cities to actually influence and even spawn thunderstorms.
  • The impact of weather hazards on transportation systems.
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