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Texas A&M University
814A O&M
MS 3147,
College Station, Texas 77843


Recent Graduates:

  • Srinivasan Ganesh, M.S., Institute of Information Technology
  • Anna Nordfelt, M.S., Ph.D. student at LSU
  • Lei Meng, Ph.D., Post-doc at Cornell


A current copy of my CV is here.

Dr. Steven M. Quiring

Associate Professor

Ph.D., Climatology, University of Delaware, 2005

M.A., Geography, University of Manitoba, Canada, 2001

B.A., (Hons.), Geography, University of Winnipeg, Canada, 1999


Steven Quiring is a climatologist with research interests in hydroclimatology, climate change, drought monitoring and prediction, and hurricanes. Steven is currently working on an NSF CAREER project entitled "Role of Soil Moisture in Seasonal to Interannual Climate Variability in the U.S. Great Plains" (2011-2015). He is interested in gaining a better understanding of the land-atmosphere interactions and drought and climate predictability. Steven is also actively pursuing research that examines climate variability and extremes, the impact of hurricane activity on infrastructure systems, and evaluating the influence of global climate change on the hydrologic cycle.


I am currently involved in the following research projects (click here for more details):

  • Land-atmosphere interactions and drought predicability
  • Modeling power outage risk during hurricanes
  • Soil moisture & crop yield modeling
  • Influence of climate change on the hydrologic cycle


  • College-level Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching, Association of Former Students, Texas A&M University, Fall 2010
  • Montague Scholar for the College of Geosciences, Center for Teaching Excellence, Texas A&M University 2009–2010
  • Texas A&M University System Teaching Excellence Award (Top 5%), Fall 2009
  • Big 12 Faculty Fellowship, Texas A&M University, 2008

Selected Publications

  • Guikema, S.D. and S.M. Quiring. 2012. Hybrid data mining-regression for infrastructure risk assessment based on zero-inflated data. Reliability Engineering and System Safety, 99: 178-182.
  • Nateghi, R., Guikema, S.D. and S.M. Quiring. 2011. Comparison and validation of statistical methods for predicting power outage durations in the event of hurricanes. Risk Analysis, 31: 1897-1906.
  • Houser, C., Brannstrom, C., Quiring, S.M. and K.K. Lemmons. 2011. Study abroad field trip improves test performance through engagement and new social networks. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 35: 513-528.
  • Quiring, S.M., Zhu, L., and S. Guikema. 2011. Importance of soil and elevation characteristics for modeling power system outages due to hurricanes. Natural Hazards, 58: 365-390.
  • Quiring, S.M., Schumacher, A.B., Labosier, C., and L. Zhu. 2011. Variations in mean annual tropical cyclone size in the Atlantic. Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheres, 116, D09114, doi:10.1029/2010JD015011.
  • Meng, L. and S. M. Quiring. 2010. Examining the influence of spring soil moisture anomalies on summer precipitation in the U.S. Great Plains using the Community Atmosphere Model version 3 (CAM3). Journal of Geophysical Research–Atmospheres, 115, D21118, doi:10.1029/2010JD014449.
  • Legates, D.R., Mahmood, R., Levia, D.F., DeLiberty, T., Quiring, S.M., C. Houser, and F. E. Nelson. 2011. Soil moisture: A central and unifying theme in physical geography. Progress in Physical Geography, 35: 65-86.
  • Sherman, D.J., Li, B., Quiring, S.M., and E. Farrell. 2010. Benchmarking the war against global warming. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100(4): 1–12.
  • Quiring, S.M. and S. Ganesh. 2010. Evaluating the utility of the Vegetation Condition Index (VCI) for monitoring meteorological drought in Texas. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology. 150: 330-339.
  • Han, S.R., Guikema, S. D., Quiring, S. M.. 2009. Improving the predictive accuracy of hurricane power outage forecasts using Generalized Additive Models. Risk Analysis. 29: 1443-1453.
  • Quiring, S. M. and D. B. Kluver. 2009. Relationship between winter/spring snowfall and summer precipitation in the northern Great Plains of North America. Journal of Hydrometeorology. 10: 1203-1217.
  • Meng, L. and S. M. Quiring. in press. Observational relationship of sea surface temperatures and precedent soil moisture with summer precipitation in the U.S. Great Plains. International Journal of Climatology.
  • Cox, W. D., Meng, L., Khedun, C. P., Nordfelt, A., and S. M. Quiring. 2009. Discharge variability for an artesian spring of the Edwards Aquifer: Comal Spring (1933–2007). International Journal of Climatology. 29: 2324-2336.
  • Quiring, S. M.. 2009. Developing objective operational definitions for monitoring drought. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 48: 1217–1229.
  • Quiring, S. M.. 2009. Monitoring drought: An evaluation of meteorological drought indices. Geography Compass, 3/1: 64–88, 10.1111/j.1749-8198.2008.00207.x
  • Han, S.R., Guikema, S.D., Quiring, S.M., Lee, K.H., Rosowsky, D.V., and Davidson, R.A. 2009. Estimating the Spatial Distribution of Power Outages During Hurricanes in the Gulf Coast Region. Reliability Engineering & System Safety. 94: 199-210.
  • Quiring, S. M. and G. B. Goodrich. 2008. Nature and causes of the 2002 to 2004 drought in the southwestern United States compared with the historic 1953 to 1957 drought. Climate Research, 36: 41-52.
  • Quiring, S.M. and Legates, D.R.. 2008. Application of CERES-Maize for within-season prediction of rainfed corn yields in Delaware, USA. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 148: 964–975.
  • Meng, L. and Quiring, S.M. 2008. A Comparison of Soil Moisture Models Using Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) Observations. Journal of Hydrometeorology, 9: 641-659.
  • Quiring, S.M. 2007. Trends in Publication Outlets of Geographer-Climatologists. The Professional Geographer, 59: 357-364.
  • Levia, D.F. and Quiring, S.M. 2008. An Analytical Rubric for Assessment of Student Learning in a Hybrid PBL Capstone Seminar: A Template for Other Courses in Geography Curricula. Journal of Geography in Higher Education, 32(2): 217-231.
  • Quiring, S. M.. 2007. Science and Hollywood: A discussion of the scientific accuracy of An Inconvenient Truth. GeoJournal, 70: 1-3.
  • Quiring, S.M. 2004. Growing-Season Moisture Variability in the Eastern USA During the Last 800 Years. Climate Research, 27: 9-17.
  • Quiring, S.M. and Papakyriakou, T.N. 2003. An Evaluation of Agricultural Drought Indices for the Canadian Prairies. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 118: 49-62.


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