Martha Shulski

Martha Shulski

  • Contact Information
  • My Story
  • Publications
  • Background
  • Interests
  • Grants
  • Advising

Contact Information

TitleApplied Climatologist | State Climatologist | Director, Nebraska State Climate Office
Faculty RankAssociate Professor
Address153b North Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583–0931
Phone
  • office: 402-472-6711
  • fax: 402-472-2946
E-mailmshulski3@unl.edu
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My Story

Hello, I'm Martha Shulski, an associate professor of applied climate science in the School of Natural Resources. I serve as the Director of the Nebraska State Climate Office and State Climatologist for Nebraska. At the State Climate Office, our goal is to deliver science-based weather and climate information to inform decisions. I joined the faculty at UNL in August 2009.

My research interests are in the areas of climate variability and change and climate impacts. This involves understanding the causes and drivers of variability (on various time and space scales) and how this variability influences historical trends. Of great importance is also how these changes impact our society and environment. Many of the projects I have been involved with are interdisciplinary - bringing together researchers from various specialties to study an issue - and climate is a critical component to most all environmental issues. I also have a strong interest in understanding information needs and often work closely with users of weather and climate information to deliver decision support tools.

An integral component of the State Climate Office is the Nebraska Mesonet. The Mesonet is a statewide automated network that observes the weather and climate conditions. This network began in 1981 with five stations and now we are fortunate to have nearly 70 across Nebraska.

Each fall I teach NRES 104 - Climate in Crisis. It is an introductory survey of our changing climate. We discuss the drivers of change, look into the data, talk about the complexities of and feedbacks in the climate system, and investigate solutions for adaptation and mitigation.

Selected Publications

Conant, R., Kluck, D., Anderson, M., Badger, A., Boustead, B. M., Derner, J., Farris, L., Hayes, M. J., Livneh, B., McNeeley, S., Peck, D., Shulski, M., Small, V. (2018). U.S. National Climate Assessment: Northern Great Plains.
Conant, R., Kluck, D., Anderson, M., Badger, A., Boustead, B., Derner, J., Farris, L., Hayes, M. J., Livneh, B., McNeeley, S., Peck, D., Shulski, M., Small, V. (2018). Northern Great Plains. In Reidmiller, D.R., C.W. Avery, D.R. Easterling, K.E. Kunkel, K
Hu, Q., Tang, Z., Shulski, M., Umphlett, N., Abdel Monem, T., Uhlarik, F. (2018). An examination of Midwestern US cities’ preparedness for climate change and extreme hazards. Natural Hazards.
Shulski, M., Cooper, S., Roebke, G., Dutcher, A. (2018). The Nebraska Mesonet: : Technical overview of an automated state weather network. Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology.
Aegerter, C., Wang, J., Ge, S., Irmak, S., Oglesby, R. J., Wardlow, B., Yang, H., You, J., Shulski, M. (2017). Mesoscale modeling of the meteorological impacts of irrigation during the 2012 central plains drought. Journal of Applied Meteorology and ClimatOnline
Shulski, M., Wang, T., Franz, T., You, J., Shulski, M., Ray, C. (2017). Evaluating Controls of Soil Properties and Climatic Conditions on the Use of an Exponential Filter for Converting Near Surface to Root Zone Soil Moisture Contents. Journal of HydrologOnline
Wang, T., Franz, T., Li, M., Shulski, M., Ray, C. (2017). Evaluating climate and soil effects on regional soil moisture spatial variability using EOFs. Water Resources Research, 53(5), 4022-4035.Online
Wilhite, D., Morrow, K., Shulski, M. (2017). Changes in Arctic Climate and Central U.S. Weather Patterns: Is There a Link? Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society.Online
Wang, T., Franz, T., Yue, W., Szilagyi, J., Zlotnik, V., You, J., Shulski, M., Young, A. 2016. Feasibility analysis of using inverse modeling for estimating natural groundwater recharge from a large-scale soil moisture monitoring network. Journal of HydroOnline
Zhang, J., Liu, F., Tao, W., Krieger, J., Shulski, M., Zhang, X. 2016. Mesoscale Climatology and Variation of Surface Winds over the Chukchi–Beaufort Coastal Areas. Journal of Climate. 29:721-2739.Online
Boustead, B., Hilberg, S., Shulski, M., Hubbard, K. (2015). The Accumulated Winter Season Severity Index (AWSSI). Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology. 54, 1693-1712.Online
Dai, S., Shulski, M., Hubbard, K., Takle, G. (2015). A spatiotemporal analysis of Midwest US temperature and precipitation trends during the growing season from 1980 to 2013. International Journal of Climatology. 36: 517-525.Online
Prokopy, L., Hart, C., Massey, R., Widhalm, M., Andresen, J., Angel, J., Blewett, T., Doering, O., Elmore, R., Gramig, B., Guinan, P., Hall, B., Jain, A., Knutson, C., Lemos, M., Morton, L., Niyogi, D., Power, R., Shulski, M., Song, Y., Takle, E., Todey,
Shulski, M., Baule, W., Stiles, C., Umphlett, N. A. 2015. A Historical Perspective on Nebraska’s Variable and Changing Climate. Great Plains Research, 25(2):109-120.Online
Shulski, M., Stiles, C., Umphlett, N. (2015). Investigation of Nebraska’s variable and changing climate: A Historical Perspective. Great Plains Research, 25(2), 109-120.
Shulski, M., Stiles, C., Umphlett, N. 2015. A Historical Perspective on Nebraska’s Variable and Changing Climate. Great Plains Research. 25(2):109-120.Online
Shulski, M.D., W. Baule, C. Stiles, and N. Umphlett, 2015: A Historical Perspective on Nebraska's Variable and Changing Climate. Great Plains Research 25(2), 109-120.Online
Stiles, C., Umphlett, N., Rattling Leaf, Sr., J., Shulski, M., Kluck, D., Hayes, M. J., McNutt, C. 2015. Improving Climate Resiliency in Tribal Communities: Partnering for Change in the Missouri River Basin. Water Resources IMPACT. 17(4):15-17.
Wang, T., Franz, T., Zlotnik, V., You, J., Shulski, M. (2015). Investigating soil controls on soil moisture spatial variability: numerical simulations and field observations. Journal of Hydrology. 524: 576-586.Online
You, J., Hubbard, K., Shulski, M., Svoboda, M., Hayes, M. J. (2015). Development of a Long-Term (1884-2006) Serially Complete Dataset of U.S. Temperatures and Precipitation for climate services. J. Service Climatology, American Association of State Climat
Baule, W. J., Shulski, M. (2014). Climatology and trends of wind speed in the Beaufort/Chukchi Sea coastal region from 1979 – 2009. International Journal of Climatology. 34: 2819-2833.Online
Coop, A., Hubbard, K., Shulski, M., You, J., Marx, D. (2014). Spatial accuracy of climate networks: a case study in Nebraska. J. Applied Meteorology Climatology, 53(8), 1932-1942.Online
Lussenden, H., Umphlett, N., Shulski, M., Ebert, D. (2014). Winter wind chill climatology for the High Plains region. Journal of Service Climatology. 7: 1-21.
Shulski, M., You, J., Krieger, J., Baule, W., Zhang, J., Zhang, X., Horowitz, W. (2014). Quality Assessment of Meteorological Data for the Beaufort and Chukchi Sea Coastal Region using Automated Routines. Arctic. 67: 104-112.
Takle, E. S., Anderson, C. J., Andresen, J., Angel, J., Elmore, R., Gramig, B. M., Guinan, P., Hilberg, S., Kluck, D., Massey, R., Niyogi, D., Schneider, J., Shulski, M., Todey, D., Widhalm, M. (2014). Climate forecasts for corn producer decision-making. Online
Shulski, M.D., N. A. Umphlett, T.B. Pathak, and K.G. Hubbard. 2013. Climate Change: What does it mean for Nebraska? NebGuide G2208Online
Bieniek, P., Bhatt, U., Thoman, R., Angeloff, H., Partain, J., Papineau, J., Fritsch, F., Holloway, E., Walsh, J., Daly, C., Shulski, M., Hufford, G., Hill, D., Calos, S., Gens, R. (2012). Climate Divisions for Alaska Based on Objective Methods. Journal oOnline
Pathak, T.B., K.G. Hubbard, and M. Shulski. 2012. Soil Temperature: A guide for planting agronomic and horticulture crops in Nebraska. Nub Guide: G2122.Online
Saito, K., Yamaguchi, S., Iwata, H., Harazona, Y., Kosugi, K., Lenhing, M., Shulski, M. (2012). Climatic physical snowpack properties for large-scale modeling examined by observations and a physical model. Polar Science, 6, 79-95.Online
Wendler G., M. Shulski, and B. Moore, 2010. Changes in the climate of the Alaskan North Slope and the ice concentration of the adjacent Beaufort Sea. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 99, 67-74.Online
Klein D. and M. Shulski, 2009. Lichen recovery following heavy grazing by reindeer delayed by climate warming. Ambio,38 (1), 11-16.
Shulski M. and H.M. Mogil, 2009. Alaska's Weather and Climate. Weatherwise, Jan/Feb, 2009.
Shulski M., J. Walsh, E. Stevens, and R. Thoman, 2009. Diagnosis of extended cold season temperature anomalies in Alaska. Monthly Weather Review, 138 (2), 453-462.Online
Shulski M. and G. Wendler, 2007. The Climate of Alaska, University of Alaska Press, 216 pp.
Damoah R., N. Spichtinger, R. Servranckx, M. Fromm, E. Eloranta, I. Razenkov, P. James, M. Shulski, C. Forster, and A. Stohl, 2006. Transport modeling of a pyro-convection event in Alaska. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 6:173-185.
Wendler G., M. Shulski, and B. Hartmann, 2005. Potential climatic effects of cirrus contrails for the subarctic setting of Fairbanks, Alaska. Theoretical and Applied Climatology, 81:149-159.Online
Shulski M., and M.W. Seeley, 2004. Application of snowfall and wind statistics to snow transport modeling for snowdrift control in Minnesota. Journal of Applied Meteorology, 43:1711-1721.Online
Shulski, M.D., E.A. Walter-Shea, K.G. Hubbard, G.Y. Yuen, G. Horst. 2004. Penetration of Photosynthetically Active & Ultraviolet Radiation into Alfala & Tall Fescue Canopies. Agronomy Journal 96:1562-1571.
Shulski M., A. Prechtel, R. Thoman, and T. Fathauer, 2003 - 2009. Weatherwatch: Alaskan Weather. Weatherwise, Bi-monthly.
Yuen G.Y., C.C. Jochum, L.J. Giesler, M. Durr, E.A. Walter-Shea, and K.G. Hubbard. 2002. UV-B biodosimetry in turfgrass canopies. Crop Science, 42:859-868.

Background

Education

DegreeMajorInstitutionYear Awarded
Doctorate of PhilosophySoil Science and ClimatologyUniversity of Minnesota2002
Master of ScienceAgricultural MeteorologyUniverisity of Nebraska-Lincoln1998
Bachelor of ScienceMeteorologyNorth Carolina State University1996

 

Affiliations

 

Professional Organizations

NamePosition
American Association of State Climatologists
American Geophysical Union
American Meteorological Society

 

Websites

 

SNR Program Areas

  • Applied Climate and Spatial Science

Areas of Interest/Expertise

  • Climate variability and change
  • Climate impacts
  • Climate monitoring and assessment
  • High latitude climatology
  • Weather
  • Microclimate

Grants

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/ 2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/ 2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant TitleEmergency Preparedness Team for Weather- and Climate-Related Events: A Safer Nebraska
Starting Date07/01/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2020
Funding Level$5,000.00
Funding AgencyUN Collaboration Initiative Team

 

Grant TitleNebraska Mesonet (Additional Funding)
Starting Date07/01/2019

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2020
Funding Level$75,000.00
Funding AgencyNE Dept of Natural Resources

 

Grant TitleNebraska Mesonet (Additional Funding)
Starting Date07/01/2018

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2018
Funding Level$75,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Natural Resources

 

Grant TitleNebraska Mesonet (Additional Funding)
Starting Date09/15/2017

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2018
Funding Level$75,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Natural Resources

 

Grant TitleNebraska Mesonet (Additional Funding)
Starting Date07/01/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2017
Funding Level$150,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Natural Resources

 

Grant TitleIncreasing the Capacity for Municipal Climate Adaptation Planning in the Lower Missouri River Basin States
Starting Date07/01/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2017
Funding Level$97,889.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleRegional Climate Services Support in the High Plains Region (additional funding)
Starting Date03/13/2016

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2016
Funding Level$244,783.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleRegional Climate Support Services in the High Plains Region (additional funding)
Starting Date08/01/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2016
Funding Level$393,782.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleRegional Climate Services Support in the High Plains Region (additional funding)
Starting Date07/31/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2016
Funding Level$393,782.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleRegional Climate Services Support in the High Plains Region (additional funding)
Starting Date07/31/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2016
Funding Level$162,572.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleNebraska Mesonet
Starting Date07/01/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2015
Funding Level$150,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Natural Resources

 

Grant TitleRegional Climate Services Support in the High Plains Region (additional funding)
Starting Date04/01/2015

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2015
Funding Level$212,855.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleNOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center (additional funding)
Starting Date10/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2015
Funding Level$319,283.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleTechnical Services Support for Five Weather Stations in the Green River Basin in Wyoming
Starting Date09/01/2014

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2016
Funding Level$33,112.00
Funding AgencyWyoming State Engineer's Office

 

Grant TitleNOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center
Starting Date10/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2015
Funding Level$459,951.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleNOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center (additional funding)
Starting Date10/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2015
Funding Level$309,989.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleNOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center (additional funding)
Starting Date10/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2015
Funding Level$129,050.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleAutomated Weather Data Network
Starting Date07/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date06/30/2015
Funding Level$300,000.00
Funding AgencyNebraska Department of Natural Resources

 

Grant TitleRegional Climate Services Support in the High Plains Region (additional funding)
Starting Date05/01/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date09/30/2013
Funding Level$260,055.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleRegional Climate Services Support in the High Plains Region (additional funding)
Starting Date03/28/2013

Investigator(s)

Ending Date04/30/2013
Funding Level$52,011.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleNational Drought Mitigation Center Drought Risk Atlas
Starting Date08/01/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2014
Funding Level$127,186.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleHigh Plains Reg Climate Center (additional funding)
Starting Date08/01/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date07/31/2013
Funding Level$866,148.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleHigh Plains Regional Climate Center: ACIS Tool (additional funding)
Starting Date06/01/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2013
Funding Level$35,404.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Commerce - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleRegional Climate Services Support (additional funding)
Starting Date03/31/2012

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2013
Funding Level$624,138.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleNOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center
Starting Date12/31/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2013
Funding Level$829,888.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleTransforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers (additional funding)
Starting Date04/15/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date04/14/2013
Funding Level$80,187.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Agriculture

 

Grant TitleTransforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers (additional funding)
Starting Date04/15/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date04/14/2014
Funding Level$63,315.00
Funding AgencyPurdue University

 

Grant TitleTransforming Climate Variability
Starting Date04/15/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date04/14/2012
Funding Level$82,989.00
Funding AgencyPurdue University

 

Grant TitleTransforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers (additional funding)
Starting Date04/15/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date04/14/2016
Funding Level$21,182.00
Funding AgencyPurdue University

 

Grant TitleClimate Information for Cereal Crop Production (additional funding)
Starting Date04/15/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date04/04/2015
Funding Level$36,795.00
Funding AgencyPurdue University

 

Grant TitleHigh Plains Regional Climate Center (additional funding)
Starting Date04/01/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2013
Funding Level$51,009.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleUseful to Usable Transforming Climate Variability and Change Information for Cereal Crop Producers
Starting Date02/01/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date01/31/2016
Funding Level$283,835.00
Funding AgencyPurdue University

 

Grant TitleClimate for Cereal Crops
Starting Date02/01/2011

Investigator(s)

Ending Date01/31/2016
Funding Level$283,835.00
Funding AgencyUS Department of Agriculture - AFRI

 

Grant TitleHigh Plains Regional Climate Center (additional funding)
Starting Date07/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2013
Funding Level$556,490.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleNOAA High Plains Regional Climate Center (additional funding)
Starting Date07/01/2010

Investigator(s)

Ending Date03/31/2013
Funding Level$64,088.00
Funding AgencyNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

 

Grant TitleMesoscale Meteorology Modeling (additional funding)
Starting Date11/05/2009

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2010
Funding Level$36,414.00
Funding AgencyUniversity of Alaska-Fairbanks

 

Grant TitleBeaufort/Chukchi Seas Mesoscale Meteorology Modeling Study
Starting Date11/05/2009

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2009
Funding Level$26,046.00
Funding AgencyUniversity of Alaska-Fairbanks

 

Grant TitleUniversity of Alaska - Fairbanks Mesoscale Meteorology Modeling (additional funding)
Starting Date11/05/2009

Investigator(s)

Ending Date12/31/2012
Funding Level$39,702.00
Funding AgencyUniversity of Alaska-Fairbanks

 

Advising

Graduate Programs

Master of Applied Science

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Bio-Atmospehric Interactions
  • Climate Assessment and Impacts

Doctorate of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in

  • Bio-Atmospehric Interactions
  • Climate Assessment and Impacts