Information About Me:
Craig Ferguson

Craig R. Ferguson
Research Associate
Research Website

Atmospheric Sciences Research Center
State University of New York at Albany
251 Fuller Road, Albany, New York 12203
(518) 437-8752
(518) 437-8758(fax)

2010, Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
2007, M.A., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University
2005, B.S., Environmental Resources & Forest Engineering (ABET accredited), State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF)

Concurrent University Appointments

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Resources Engineering, SUNY-ESF (


Research Areas:

  • Terrestrial hydrology and hydrometeorology
  • Satellite remote sensing
  • Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) modeling of regional hydrologic extremes
  • Climate reconstruction and predictability

Dr. Ferguson´s research focuses on quantifying the mean state and variability of the hydrologic cycle, its sensitivity to climate and global change, and the predictability of change through the quantitative application of satellite remote sensing and modeling.

As an elected member of the World Climate Research Programme (WCRP) Global Energy and Water Exchanges Project (GEWEX) Global Land-Atmosphere System Study (GLASS) panel, Dr. Ferguson leads efforts to benchmark the observation and diagnosis of land-atmosphere coupling. He serves as the GLASS liaison to the GEWEX Global Hydroclimatology Panel (GHP).

He is also actively involved in the atmospheric reanalysis community through work to detect and attribute their inhomogeneities -- a critical prerequisite to their application in long term trend assessment.

Dr. Ferguson is interested in practical and breakthrough science endeavors with immediate research-to-operations implications.

Current research topics include:

  • Land-atmosphere interactions
  • Satellite remote sensing of the global energy and water cycle
  • Climate impacts on water (means and extremes)
  • Climate model evaluation and development
  • Homogeneity of reanalyses

Funded Projects:

Selected Publications

8. Song, H.-J., C.R. Ferguson, and J.K. Roundy (2015), Land-atmosphere coupling at the Southern Great Plains Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) field site and its role in anomalous afternoon peak precipitation, J. Hydrometeor., doi:10.1175/JHM-D-15-0045.1, in press.


7. Gentine, P., C.R. Ferguson, and A.A.M Holtslag (2013), Diagnosing evaporative fraction from boundary layer clouds, J. Geophys. Res. Atmos. , 118, doi:10.1002/jgrd.50416.


6. Roundy, J.K., C.R. Ferguson, and E.F. Wood (2013), Temporal variability of land-atmosphere coupling and its implication to drought over the southeast United States, J. Hydrometeor., 14, 622-635, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-12-090.1.


5. Ferguson, C.R. and G. Villarini (2012), Detecting inhomogeneities in the Twentieth Century Reanalysis over the central United States, J. Geophys. Res., 117, D05123, doi:10.1029/2011JD016988.


4. Ferguson, C.R., E.F. Wood, and R.K. Vinukollu (2012), A global inter-comparison of modeled and observed land-atmosphere coupling, J. Hydrometeor., JHM-D-11-0119, 13(3), 749-784, doi:10.1175/JHM-D-11-0119.1.


3. Ferguson, C.R. and E.F. Wood (2011), Observed land-atmosphere coupling from satellite remote sensing and reanalysis, J. Hydrometeor., 12(6), 1221-1254, doi: 10.1175/2011JHM1380.1.


2. Ferguson, C. R., J. Sheffield, E. F. Wood, and H. Gao (2010), Quantifying uncertainty in a remote sensing-based estimate of evapotranspiration over the continental United States, Int. J. Rem. Sens., 31, pp. 3821-3865, doi:10.1080/01431161.2010.483490.


1. Vinukollu, R. V., E. F. Wood, C. R. Ferguson, and J. B. Fisher (2010), Global Estimates of evapotranspiration for climate studies using multi-sensor remote sensing data: Evaluation of two process-based approaches, Remote Sensing of Environment, 115 (3), 801-823, doi: 10.1016/j.rse.2010.11.006.