Dr. Rowe is a Professor of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He is one of the leading authors of the UNL Report: Understanding and Assessing Climate Change: Implications for Nebraska.
Dr. Rowe’s major research area is in physical meteorology and climatology, specifically the fluxes of energy and mass between the surface and the atmospheric boundary layer. Much of his research has focused on radiative fluxes between vegetated surfaces and the atmosphere, but he has also conducted modeling and field studies investigating energy exchanges over the Greenland ice sheet and their impact on the amount and extent of surface melting. He is currently involved in several research projects concerning land surface-atmosphere interactions in the Nebraska Sand Hills. One of these is investigating how the Sand Hills’ unique soil properties affect generation of warm-season mesoscale precipitation over the Sand Hills and surrounding plains.
He is also working with Dave Loope and Bob Oglesby to model the climate of Pangea during the Jurassic. They are using the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Community Climate Simulation Model (CCSM) to simulate the climate of 200 million years ago as part of our research into the environment that led to development of vast eolian formations in what is now the southwestern United States.