Associate Professor of Geography
Graduate Coordinator
Page last updated 2/12/2016

Research and Teaching

Certificate in Climatology and Meteorology 


Teaching Schedule

Spring 2016

    ONLINE: GEO3250 and GEO6255

   Graduate Coordinator and CAREER Research


Fall 2016

MET4532/6530 Hurricanes T4-5 R 5

MET4750/6752 Atmospheric Data Analysis T 7-8, R 7


Research Statement

My primary research involves the GIS-based analysis of rainfall  from tropical cyclones. I am interested in other  severe weather events as well. I am also currently pursuing research on social and behavioral responses to natural hazards. I seek to mentor students who would like to examine severe weather events, atmospheric teleconnections, or rainfall, and who have GIS and/or remote sensing skills. I am happy to serve on committees for students working  in fields related to natural hazards, utilizing weather and climate-related data such as wind, rainfall, temperature trends, etc, examining atmospheric teleconnections and their influence on weather and climate, and human/environment interactions.


Current Projects


· Radar analysis of tropical cyclones

· Rainfall patterns from U.S.-landfalling tropical cyclones

· Cyclones and resilience in Mozambique (with Dr. Silva - Univ. of Maryland)

· Monsoon season and tea production in China (NSF grant with Tufts University) 

· Modelling tropical cyclones in WRF

· TC Research with students from Santa Fe College

· Modeling wind-driven rain in UF”s wind tunnel

· TCs in the southwest Indian Ocean

· TCs in reanalysis datasets

3119 Turlington Hall

PO Box 117315

3141 Turlington Hall (main office)

Gainesville, FL 32611

Contact Information:

Phone: 352-392-0494

Fax: 352-392-8855

E-mail: matyas  at

Publications and News

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2008-09 CLAS

Teacher of the Year

Thanks to everyone who nominated me for this award and especially to students and faculty who wrote letters of support.

Latest Peer-Reviewed Publications

Tang, J. and Matyas, C. J. Fast playback framework for analysis of ground-based Doppler radar observations using Map-Reduce technology. Accepted, Journal of Atmospheric and Oceanic Technology, January 28, 2016.


Guo, Q. and Matyas, C. J. Comparing the spatial extent of Atlantic basin tropical cyclone wind and rain fields prior to land interaction. Physical Geography, DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2016.1142929.


Hernandez-Ayala, J. J. and Matyas, C. J. 2016. Tropical cyclone rainfall over Puerto Rico and its relations to environmental and storm specific factors. International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc4490.


Cahyanto, I., Pennington-Gray, L., Thapa, B., Srinivasan, S., Villegas, J., Matyas, C., Kiousis, S. 2016. Predicting information seeking regarding hurricane evacuation in the destination. Tourism Management, 52, 264-275. DOI: 10.1016/j.tourman.2015.06.014

AMS President-Elect Dr. Marshall Shepherd gave the Anderson Lecturer in the Department of Geography at UF on October 17 2012 is available online. He spent time with our local AMS chapter and mentored our graduate and undergraduate students.