Katherine Klink

I have long had an interest in weather and climate, which probably is related to growing up on a dairy farm in southeastern Wisconsin. I completed my B.S. in Atmospheric Science in 1982 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. In addition to meteorology I took some climatology and physical geography courses offered by the Geography Department. Those classes piqued my interest in geography, especially Donn Haglund's Arctic Winter Field Course, which that year took us to Greenland and Iceland. I decided to do graduate work in a Geography department, opting to pursue climatology rather than meteorology. I completed my graduate work in the Geography Department at the University of Delaware, receiving an M.S. in Geography in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Climatology in 1992. I joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in January 1992.

Educational Background & Specialties

Educational Background

  • Ph.D.: Climatology, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1992.
  • M.S.: Geography, University of Delaware, Newark, DE, 1987.
  • B.S.: Atmospheric Science, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI, 1982.

Curriculum Vitae


  • climate
  • climate variability
  • wind climatology
  • wind power
  • urban climatology
  • environmental science
Courses Taught
  • Geog/ESPM 1425 - Introduction to Weather and Climate
  • Geog 3401/5401 - Geography of Environmental Systems and Global Change
  • Geog 3423 - Urban Climatology
  • Geog 8270 - Seminar in Climatology
  • BSE 2001 - Introduction to Biology, Society and Environment
  • BSE 3991 - Biology, Society and Environment Capstone
Research & Professional Activities

Professional Activities

  • Editor: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology , January 2017 - present
  • Faculty Coordinator: Interdisciplinary Undergraduate Major in Biology, Society and Environment , July 2016 - present
  • Chair: Association of American Geographers, Nystrom Award Committee , 2010 - 2013
  • Director of Graduate Studies: Graduate Program in Geography , 2008 - 2012
  • Member: American Meteorological Society, Committee of Judges for Undergraduate Awards , 2006 - 2011


  • The Effect of Intra-Urban Climate Variability on the Urban Heat Island During Extreme Heat Days in St. Paul, Minnesota: Student Honors Thesis, September 2019 - May 2020
  • Urban Farming and How It Interacts with Humidity Levels within Urban Areas: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project, May 2016 - August 2016
  • Snow Effects on the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area Urban Heat Island: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project, November 2008 - June 2009
  • Spatial and Temporal Analysis of Wind Regimes in North Dakota Applied to a County-Focused Energy Supply System: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project, Winter 2008 - Spring 2008
  • Wind Speed Variability and Turbine Power Output: Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) project, Summer 2006 - Fall 2006


  • Board of Directors: Mill City Farmers Market, 2014 - present
  • Master Recycler/Composter: Hennepin County, MN, 2011 - present
  • Board of Directors: Eureka Recycling, 2006 - 2013
  • Volunteer with Curriculum Resources and Programs: Elementary school presentations, 2006 - 2012
  • Seasonal patterns and trends of fastest 2-min winds at coastal stations in the conterminous USA: Klink, Katherine, International Journal of Climatology, 35 4167–4175, 2015. Link
  • Impacts of temperature and precipitation variability in the Northern Plains of the United States and Canada on the productivity of spring barley and oat: Klink, Katherine, Jochum J. Wiersma, Christopher J. Crawford, Deon D. Stuthman, International Journal of Climatology, 34 2805-2818, 2014. Link
  • Monitoring and understanding changes in extremes: Extratropical storms, winds, and waves: Klink, Katherine, Russel S. Vose, Scott Applequist, Mark A. Bourassa, Sara C. Pryor, Rebecca J. Barthelmie, Brian Blanton, Peter D. Bromirski, Harold E. Brooks, Arthur T. DeGaetano, Randall M. Dole, David R. Easterling, Robert E. Jensen, Thomas R. Karl, Richard W. Katz, Michael C. Kruk, Kenneth E. Kunkel, Michael C. MacCracken, Thomas C. Peterson, Karsten Shein, Bridget R. Thomas, John E. Walsh, Xiaolan L. Wang, Michael F. Wehner, Donald J. Wuebbles, Robert S. Young, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 95 377-386, 2014. Link
  • Relationships between snow and the wintertime Minneapolis urban heat island: Klink, Katherine, Steven B. Malevich, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 50 1884-1894, 2011. Link
  • Climate variability and the productivity of barley and oats in Minnesota: Klink, Katherine, Christopher J. Crawford, Jochum J. Wiersma, Deon D. Stuthman, CURA Reporter, 41(1) 12-18, 2011. Link
  • Residential- and commercial-scale distributed wind energy in North Dakota, USA: Klink, Katherine, Aaron Knoll, Renewable Energy, 34 2493-2500, 2009. Link
  • Overview: North American atmospheric circulation effects on Midwestern USA climate: Klink, Katherine, Jill S.M. Coleman, Indiana University Press, Understanding Climate Change: Climate Variability, Predictability, and Change in the Midwestern United States, S.C. Pryor, editor., 156-168, 2009. Link
  • Low wind speed turbines and wind power potential in Minnesota, USA: Klink, Katherine, Corinne Wichser, Elsevier, Renewable Energy, 33 1749-1758, 2008. Link
  • Atmospheric circulation effects on wind speed variability at turbine height: Klink, Katherine, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 46 445-456, 2007. Link