Alex Haberlie

Research Emphases

  • Meteorology
  • Climatology
  • Machine learning

Specific Research Endeavors

Dr. Haberlie is interested in observed and future projections of climate extremes, severe and hazardous weather, and land use/land cover effects on regional climatology. He uses machine learning, digital image processing, and climate modeling to conduct his research.

Frequently Taught Courses

  • GEOG 105: Weather, Climate, and You
  • GEOG 306: Severe and Hazardous Weather
  • GEOG 493/593: Computer Programming for the Geosciences

Representative Publications

Haberlie, A. M., W. S. Ashley, and M. Karpinski, 2021: Mean storms: Composites of radar reflectivity images during two decades of severe thunderstorm events. International Journal of Climatology, 41, E1738-E1756.

Ashley, W. S., A. M. Haberlie, and V. Gensini, 2020: Reduced frequency and size of late twenty-first-century snowstorms over North America. Nature Climate Change, 10, 539–544.

Haberlie, A. M., and W. S. Ashley, 2019: Climatological representation of mesoscale convective systems in a dynamically downscaled climate simulation. International Journal of Climatology, 39, 1144-1153.

Haberlie, A. M., and W. S. Ashley, 2019: A radar-based climatology of mesoscale convective systems in the United States. Journal of Climate, 32, 1591-1606.

Haberlie, A. M., and W. S. Ashley, 2018: A Method for Identifying Midlatitude Mesoscale Convective Systems in Radar Mosaics. Part I: Segmentation and Classification. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 57, 1575-1598.

Haberlie, A. M., W. S. Ashley, and T. Pingel, 2015: The effect of urbanization on the climatology of thunderstorm initiation. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society, 141, 663-675.


Vortex Southeast (NOAA), 2021-2024. “Faster, Clearer, Stronger Communication and Action: Building IWT and Vulnerable Resident Connections to Improve Severe Weather Literacy and Outcome”

The Adaptation Sciences Program (NOAA), 2021-2023, “Planning a Flood Resilient Future for New Orleans, LA.”

National Science Foundation, 2019-2022, “The Role of Mesoscale Convective System Precipitation in the Hydroclimate of the Conterminous United States”

Louisiana Board of Regents Research Competitiveness Subprogram, 2019-2021, “Building a Climatology of Mesoscale Convective Processes Using Image-Classification and Machine-Learning Techniques on Sequences of Radar Data”

National Sea Grant College Program (NOAA), 2018-2020, “Communicating Climate Tools to Coastal Stakeholders”

United States Geological Survey, 2014, “Hydro-meteorological responses to tropical system precipitation in Illinois”

Assistant Professor

Personal website
Research group
SeVere Reflectivity IMaGe Dataset
Google Scholar


Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Contact Us

Department of Earth, Atmosphere and Environment
Davis Hall, Room 312

815-753-0631 (undergraduate)
815-753-1943 (graduate)

815-753-1945 (fax)

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