Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professor Marshall Shepherd will receive the 2018 Helmut E. Landsberg Award from the American Meteorological Society. The award, recognizing major advances in understanding urban impacts on rainfall climatology and for assessing the socio-economic value of urban precipitation forecasts, will be presented to Shepherd at the AMS Awards banquet on Jan. 10, 2018.
“This award speaks to Dr. Shepherd’s level of influence in his field and the value of his research to the world,” said University of Georgia President Jere W. Morehead. “The University of Georgia is very proud of this significant accomplishment.”
Professor of geography and director of UGA’s atmospheric sciences program, Shepherd is a leading international expert in weather, climate and remote sensing. In addition to his work in the classroom and published scholarship, Shepherd serves as host of The Weather Channel’s Sunday talk show “Weather Geeks” and is a contributor to Forbes Magazine. He served as president of the American Meteorological Society in 2013.
“To be recognized by peers with one of the more significant awards in my field is particularly humbling and affirms that our body of work on how urbanization impacts weather and climate is having an impact,” Shepherd said. “The Georgia Athletic Association Distinguished Professorship and sustained funding from NASA have enabled us to build a world-class research group on urban weather and climate at the University of Georgia. We are now attracting or retaining some of the best and brightest graduate students because of our work.”