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Dana E. Veron - University of Delaware. Newark, DE, US

Dana E. Veron

Professor, Geography and Spacial Sciences; Co-Director, Gerard J. Mangone Climate Change Science and Policy Hub | University of Delaware


Prof. Veron's research interests include climate change impacts, polar and coastal climate and climate change education.






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Dr. Dana Veron has participated in several Antarctic research campaigns, particularly in Eastern Antarctica, focused on improving understanding of the energetic and mass balances in this region. Her first excursion to Antarctica took place in 2017 with a French-led initiative known as CALVA, an international collaboration of climate researchers working to improve calibration and validation of satellite observations and climate modeling in Antarctica. Such modeling is essential for the safety of researchers and support staff on the continent and contributes to scientists’ understanding of global climate change. Dr. Veron also investigates marine and coastal boundary layers processes, particularly focusing on coastal winds such as the sea breeze and on the radiative impact of boundary layer clouds. Dr. Veron combines observational data from remote sensing and in situ stations from research vessels, buoys, and land-based platforms with state of the art high resolution modeling to improve understanding and prediction of coastal processes. These efforts improve weather forecasting, disaster planning and responses, and the utilization of offshore wind power. Dr. Veron is director of the Climate Scholars program, and is co-director of the Gerard J. Mangone Climate Change Science and Policy Hub, which focuses on training future climate leaders who are able to design and implement interdisciplinary solutions to climate change challenges such as enhanced urban heat, coastal flooding, and extreme weather.

Industry Expertise (2)



Areas of Expertise (5)

climate education

sea breeze

Polar climate

Coastal Meteorology

Offshore wind power

Media Appearances (3)

Understanding Earth’s Climate System

University of Delaware UDaily  online


Q: What are you studying and with whom? Stone: I am working under Tracy DeLiberty and Dana Veron, associate professors in the Department of Geography and Spatial Sciences. We are studying sea ice dynamics, specifically how short-term weather and longer-term climate events influence sea ice, and the implications of those changes using data from Dumont D’Urville Station (DDU), Antarctica, as a case study.

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Clouds of Antarctica

University of Delaware UDaily  online


During her first year of graduate school, University of Delaware Geography Professor Dana Veron read Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson. Soon after, her book club chose a book highlighting Ernest Shackleton’s voyage to Antarctica in 1914. Her interest was piqued, and Veron decided that, one day, she would find a way to travel to Antarctica.

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Wind power fiercer than expected, study finds

Phys.org  online


Co-authors on the paper, titled "On the predominance of unstable atmospheric conditions in the marine boundary layer offshore of the U.S. northeastern coast," include UD professors Dana Veron and Fabrice Veron, and Matthew Sienkiewicz from Stony Brook.

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Articles (5)

Water vapor in cold and clean atmosphere: a 3-year data set in the boundary layer of Dome C, East Antarctic Plateau

Earth System Science Data

2022 The air at the surface of the high Antarctic Plateau is very cold, dry and clean. Under such conditions, the atmospheric moisture can significantly deviate from thermodynamic equilibrium, and supersaturation with respect to ice can occur. Most conventional humidity sensors for meteorological applications cannot report supersaturation in this environment. A simple approach for measuring supersaturation using conventional instruments, with one being operated in a heated airflow, is presented.

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Detecting Fog Occurrence on the Eastern Antarctic Plateau Using a Suite of In Situ and Remotely Sensed Observations

22nd Symposium on Meteorological Observation and Instrumentation

2022 The Eastern Antarctic Plateau is an extreme environment with meteorological characteristics similar to those found near the top of the tropical troposphere. Though the region is quite arid, the very low temperatures can lead to supersaturated near-surface atmospheric conditions. In the summertime, fog can also occur causing hazardous operational situations and hampering logistical efforts.

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Twenty-First-Century Urbanization and Climate Change: Regional Climate Modeling of Coastal Winds in the Mid-Atlantic

13th Conference on Weather, Climate, and the New Energy Economy

2022 Climate change and urbanization have the potential to alter coastal climate patterns in the Mid-Atlantic, primarily through changes in large-scale flows, local thermodynamics, and surface properties. These changes are important to consider as coastal winds impact temperature moderation, offshore wind resource, and air quality.

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Numerical Weather Models Were Not Made to Be Perfect: How Realistically Can They Simulate a Sea Breeze?

31st Conference on Weather Analysis and Forecasting (WAF)/27th Conference on Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP)

2022 Numerical Weather Prediction (NWP) models are often limited in their ability to accurately capture coastal circulations (e.g., sea breezes) that can lead to changes in temperature, humidity, clouds, and precipitation. This creates a challenge for coastal forecasters and decision makers. Limitations to accurate sea breeze simulations may be due in part to the complex ocean-atmosphere and land-sea interactions not being fully resolved in NWP models.

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10 years of temperature and wind observation on a 45 m tower at Dome C, East Antarctic plateau

Earth System Science Data

2021 Long-term, continuous in situ observations of the near-surface atmospheric boundary layer are critical for many weather and climate applications. Although there is a proliferation of surface stations globally, especially in and around populous areas, there are notably fewer tall meteorological towers with multiple instrumented levels. This is particularly true in remote and extreme environments such as the East Antarctic plateau.

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Research Grants (3)

Developing the Environmental Education Workforce in Delaware

Delaware Sea Grant College Program $23,008


An Integrated Evaluation of the Simulated Hydroclimate System of the Continental US.

UC Davis/Department of Energy $539,424


Improving Model Parameterization of Energetic Fluxes in the Boundary Layer over Antarctica

National Science Foundation $12,000


Accomplishments (2)

Travel Grant Teaching Computation Online with MATLAB Educator Workshop (professional)


UD ADVANCE Institute Leadership Mini-grant (professional)


Education (2)

Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego: PhD, Oceanography 2000

State University of New York, College at Geneseo: BA, Physics 1995

Affiliations (3)

  • American Association of Geographers
  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Meteorological Society

Event Appearances (3)

Creating Meaningful Internship and Placement Opportunities in Online and Hybrid Courses

UD Summer Institute on Teaching  Newark, DE

Clouds on the Antarctic horizon

Friends of the City  Philadelphia, PA

Pop Up Fireside Chat on “Picture a Scientist”

UD ADVANCE and Chemistry/Biology Interface  Newark, DE