Analyzing the hydroclimatology of the southeastern U.S. and beyond using GIS and remote sensing

Analyzing the hydroclimatology of the southeastern U.S. and beyond using GIS and remote sensing 

Johanna C. L. Engström, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography, University of Florida 

Join us for the livestream October 5, 11:45am ET:

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Drought is one of the most severe natural hazards in the United States and globally. In this talk, Dr. Engström will present an analysis of the relative drought vulnerability of the individual states of the U.S., and discuss the different drivers of vulnerability and resilience across the nation. She’ll also delve deeper into the hydroclimatology of southeastern U.S., looking into long-term changes in terrestrial water storage, as observed by the GRACE satellites. She’ll also explore the recent drought situation in the Southeast and look into what the future might hold in terms of extreme droughts in this region. 


Johanna Engström is a physical geographer, specializing in hydrology, climatology, Geographic Information Science and Renewable Energy. She is particularly interested in large-scale atmospheric drivers of climate variability, with applications for water resources management and renewable energies. Since joining UF, she has developed the course “The Future of Energy” and will also teach Introductory Physical Geography. 

Originally from Sweden, she completed her BS and MS in Physical Geography and Ecosystems Analysis at Lund University. She then worked as a consultant in the European wind power industry before coming to UF where she graduated in 2017 with a PhD in Geography. After working a few years at the University of Alabama, and most recently as a faculty member at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Johanna re-joined the UF Geography department as an assistant professor in 2021.