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Dr. Jeffrey Tilley

Title: Part Time Faculty, Geography

Office: Oconee
Areas of Expertise: Meteorology, climatology, numerical weather prediction, Earth and Arctic system science


Dr. Jeff Tilley has over 30 years of professional experience in basic and applied weather and climate research. His wide range of experience and interests include numerical weather prediction, Arctic regional climate, unmanned aircraft systems and road weather, water resources, cloud processes, convective storms, near-surface meteorology, data assimilation, mountain meteorology, transportation weather applications, land surface processes, air-sea interactions, weather modification and tropical cyclones. His work has been presented in over 150 scholarly journals, conference preprints and presentations, and technical reports. Dr. Tilley is a member of the American Meteorological Society, the American Geophysical Union and the Weather Modification Association (WMA). He served as a past president of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Weather Modification.     

Courses Taught

GEOG 1111K - Introduction to Physical Geography



  • PhD, Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, 1990
  • BS, Meteorology, Pennsylvania State University, 1984

Research/Special Interests

  • Mesoscale/Mountain weather, including extreme heat events and applications to fire weather
  • Cloud microphysics, chemistry, aerosols and implications for climate change
  • Applications of unmanned aircraft systems to the geosciences


  • Mecikalski, J. R. and J. S. Tilley, 1992:  Front Range Cold Surges:  Development of a Classification Scheme.  Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics 48, 249-271.
  • Blackadar, A. K. and J. S. Tilley, 1993:  Using Your Computer:  Modeling Climate on a Home Computer, Part I: Climate of the Present. Weatherwise, 46,4.
  • Blackadar, A.K. and J. S. Tilley, 1994:  Using Your Computer:  Modeling Climate on a Home Computer, Part II:  Experiments with Feedback.  Weatherwise, 46,5, 37-39.
  • A. H. Lynch, D. L. McGinnis, W. L. Chapman and J. S. Tilley, 1997:  A Multivariate Comparison of Land Surface Models Integrated into an Arctic Regional Climate System Model.  Ann. Glaciology,  25, 127-131.
  • Tilley, J. S., W. L. Chapman and W. Wu, 1997:  Sensitivity Tests of the Canadian Land Surface Scheme (CLASS) for Arctic Tundra.  Ann. Glaciology, 25, 46-50.
  • Tilley, J. S. and A. H. Lynch, 1998:  On the applicability of current land surface schemes for Arctic tundra: An intercomparison study. J. Geophys. Res. 103,D22, 29051-29063.
  • Fan, X., and J. S. Tilley, 2005: Dynamic Assimilation of MODIS-Retrieved Humidity Profiles within a Regional Model for High Latitude Forecast Applications, Mon. Wea. Rev., 133 (12), 3450-3480.
  • Tilley, J. S. and D. H. Bromwich, 2005:  Short-to Medium Range Numerical Weather Prediction in the Arctic and Antarctic. Bull Amer. Met. Soc., 86 (7), 983-988.
  • Tilley, J. S., S.S. Kroeber, J. Green, D. Clonch and D. Halliday, 2008: Measurements of Pavement Condition and Road Weather Management Within North Dakota Using a Tow-Hitch Mount Road Grip Tester.   Transportation Research Circular E-C126: Surface Transportation Weather and Snow Removal and Ice Control Technology ,  Transportation Research Board, The National Academies,  Washington, DC  364-380.   (paper also presented at TRB Conference on Snow and Ice Control Technology, 15-19 June,  Indianapolis , IN).
  • Mullendore, G.L, and J. S. Tilley, 2014:  Integration of Undergraduate Education and Field Campaigns:  A Case Study from Deep Convective Clouds and Chemistry (DC3). Bull. Am. Met. Soc. 95 (10), 1595–1601.
  • Boyle, D. P, C. Garner, J. S. Tilley, S. Bassett, A. Huggins and C. Barth, 2015: Application of Hydrologic Models to Assess the Effects of Cloud Seeding on Agriculture in the Walker River Basin of Nevada.  J. Wea. Mod. 47(1), 42-57.

Work Experience

Previously, Dr. Tilley has held positions at the University of Georgia, Desert Research Institute, University of North Dakota, University of Alaska-Fairbanks, the University of Colorado-Boulder and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He received both his B.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the Pennsylvania State University and was a Graduate Fellow within the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Advanced Study Program.

Personal Information

Dr. Tilley enjoys a variety of outdoor activities and is an accomplished musician, currently performing with the Athens Chamber Singers. He resides in Athens.

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