March 2014: Dr. Ferguson has been awarded the U.S. National Space Club's NOAA David Johnson Award for "addressing one of the most important and vexing scientific issues facing operational weather and climate models, namely determining whether the models correctly represent land-atmospheric coupling states".


2010, Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

2007, M.A., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA

2005, B.S., Environmental Resources & Forest Engineering, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY-ESF), Syracuse, NY, USA


Weather and water cycle predictability in a changing climate; observing, diagnosing and understanding land-atmosphere interactions; satellite remote sensing of atmospheric profiles, soil moisture, and evapotranspiration; constructing climate-quality reanalyses; economic consequences of climate variability and change.


Advanced Hydrology- Spring 2013


Integrated Climate Assessment- Risks, Uncertainties, and Society (ICA-RUS) (PI: Oki) funded by Japan Ministry of Environment

Decision-making support system for adaptation to water-related impacts of climate change (SOUSEI) (PI: Oki) funded by Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology


15. Roundy, J., C.R. Ferguson , and E.F. Wood (2013), Impact of land-atmospheric coupling in CFSv2 on drought prediction , Clim Dyn, in-press, doi:10.1007/s00382-013-1982-7.

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

13. 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.

12. Ferguson, C.R. and G. Villarini (2013), An evaluation of the statistical homogeneity of the Twentieth Century Reanalysis, Clim Dyn, in-press, doi:10.1007/s00382-013-1996-1.

11. 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.

10. 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.

9. 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.

8. Ferguson, C. R. and E. F. Wood (2010), An evaluation of satellite remote-sensing data products for land surface hydrology: Atmospheric Infrared Sounder (AIRS), J. Hydrometeor., 11, 1234-1262, doi: 10.1175/2010JHM1217.1.

7. 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.

6. Gao, H., Q. Tang, C. R. Ferguson, E. F. Wood, and D. P. Lettenmaier (2010), Estimating the water budget of major U.S. river basins via remote sensing, Int. J. Rem. Sens., 31, pp. 3955-3978.

5. 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.

4. Jones, L. A., C. R. Ferguson, J. S. Kimball, K. Zhang, S. K. Chan, K. C. McDonald, E. G. Njoku, and E. F. Wood (2010), Satellite microwave remote sensing of daily land surface air temperature minima and maxima from AMSR-E, IEEE JSTARS Special Issue on Microwave Remote Sensing for Land Hydrology Research and Applications, 3(1), doi: 10.1109/JSTARS.2010.2041530.

3. Ferguson, C. R. and E. F. Wood (2009), Observing land-atmosphere interaction globally with satellite remote sensing, In Proc. ‘GEWEX Earth Observation and Water Cycle Science: Towards a Water Cycle Multi-mission Observation Strategy’ (Ed. H. Lacoste), ESA SP-674 (CD-ROM), ESA Publications Division, European Space Agency, Noordwijk, The Netherlands, 8pp.

2. Sheffield, J., C. R. Ferguson, T. J. Troy, E. F. Wood, and M. F. McCabe (2009), Closing the terrestrial water budget from satellite remote sensing, Geophys. Res. Lett., 36, L07403, doi:10.1029/2009GL037338.

1. Sahoo, A., P. Houser, C. R. Ferguson, E. F. Wood, P. Dirmeyer, and M. Kefatos (2008), Evaluation of AMSR-E soil moisture results using the in-situ data over the Little River Experimental Watershed, Georgia. Remote Sensing of Environment, 112, 3142-3152, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2008.03.007.



4. Bosilovich, M. and 25 co-authors (2012), Report of the 4th World Climate Research Programme International Conference on Reanalyses. Conference Report (available: http://www.wcrp-climate.org/documents/ICR4_Report.pdf), 41 pp.

3. Santanello, J.A., C.R. Ferguson, M. Ek, P. Dirmeyer, O. Tuinenburg, C. Jacobs, C. van Heerwaarden, K. Findell, P. Gentine, and B. Lintner (2011), Local land-atmosphere coupling (LoCo) Research: Status and Results. GEWEX Newsletter, 21 (4), pp. 7-9.

2. McCabe, M. E.F. Wood, H. Su, R.K. Vinukollu, C.R. Ferguson and Z. Su (2011), Multisensor Global Retrievals of Evapotranspiration for Climate Studies Using the Surface Energy Budget System. In Ramachandran, B. C. O. Justice, and M. J. Abrams (eds.) Land Remote Sensing and Global Environmental Change: NASA’s Earth Observing System and the Science of ASTER and MODIS, Springer, NY, 747-778, ISBN: 978-1-4419-6749-7.

1. Wood, E.F., M. Pan, J. Sheffield, R.K. Vinukollu, C.R. Ferguson, H. Gao, Q. Tang, X. Shi, C. Zhu, T. Bohn, F. Su, D.P. Lettenmaier, A.K. Sahoo, G. De Lannoy, P.R. Houser, R.T. Pinker, Y. Ma, C. Li, and C. D. Kummerow (2009), Algorithm Theoretical Basis Document for Terrestrial Water Cycle Data Records Version 1.0 , in support of NASA MEaSUREs (Making Earth Science Data Records for Use in Research Environments) Project.

Craig R. Ferguson Research Assistant Professor

Atmospheric Sciences Research Center (ASRC)

University at Albany, State University of New York

251 Fuller Road, STE L122

Albany, NY, 12203


Email: crferguson(at)albany.edu


Student recruitment:

Prospective M.S. and Ph.D. students with interests in satellite remote sensing of the water cycle, land-atmospheric coupling, drought forecasting, and integrated water cycle modeling should not hesitate to contact me.

Our Atmospheric Sciences program consistently ranks among the top 10 in the U.S.

Apply now: Fall 2014 application deadline is March 15.

Feel free to contact me with questions.


4/12/2013 2PM @ EGU (Vienna)


WCRP 7th International Conference on the Global Water and Energy Cycle (The Hague, Netherlands)

World Weather Open Science Conference (Montreal, Canada)