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Faculty Image Anna Klene
Office: Stone Hall 216
Phone: None
Fax: (406) 243-4840


Current Position:

Office Hours:

Spring 2015:  via phone, Blackboard Collaborate, or Skype.  E-mail to set up an appointment.

Field Of Study:

Arctic and Alpine Environments, Climatology, Cryosphere, Geomorphology, Modeling, Remote Sensing.

Research Interests:

Arctic and Alpine Climatology, Cold Region Geomorphology, Permafrost Variability, Climate / Ground Interactions, Long-term Climate Analysis, Urban Effects on Climate, Use of Remote Sensing in Modeling


Helpful links for writing formal papers such as theses and giving presentations can be found in Dr. Hanson's handouts on Topography Guidelines, Common Writing Errors, and Powerpoint Recommendations.


  • Ph.D., Climatology, University of Delaware, 2005
  • M.A., Geography, State University of New York at Albany, 1999
  • B.S., Physical Geography, University of Cincinnati, 1996

Specialized Skills:

Arctic and Alpine Environments, Climatology, Cryosphere, Geomorphology, Modeling, Remote Sensing.

Professional Experience:

Dr. Klene's research has centered on northern Alaska, funded under a series of NSF grants investigating changes in permafrost under the auspices of the Circumpolar Active-Layer Monitoring (CALM) Project, which is funded through 2018.  The research group has focused on modeling the spatial and temporal variability of the active layer (seasonally thawed layer) above permafrost, which is a function of air temperature, vegetation, moisture, and soil characteristics.  Almost all of the biological, chemical, and hydrological processes occur in this thin layer.  Her master's thesis examined empirical records of air and soil temperatures and formulated a strategy for linking these parameters with satellite data to estimate thaw depth over large (regional-scale) areas.  For her dissertation, Dr. Klene began focusing on air temperature variability, the effects of urbanization, and hazards associated with permafrost under a changing climate in northern Alaska. Her dissertation explored how some of these have been manifested in the village of Barrow as part of the Barrow Urban Heat Island Study (BUHIS).  In August 2010, New Orleans High School teacher Josh Dugat joined the crew for their field season in northern Alaska.  Check out his blog and photos at the CALM PolarTrec website.  George Washinton University graduate student Kelsey Nyland posted this video "FrostByte" describing part of her work with our group.

Currently, Dr. Klene and her students are continuing work with the CALM Project (both in northern Alaska and around the world - West Siberia in 2007); working on periglacial features in western Montana; and collaborating with the USFS on projects using GIS to model rare plant habitat and variability of micro-climates in the northern Rockies.  Grad student Joe Milbrath's thesis was recently featured in UM's Crown of the Continent and Greater Yellowstone on-line magazine (see page 16).

In teaching, Dr. Klene helped to create the Certificate in Geographic Information System Sciences and Technologies administered jointly by the College of Arts & Sciences and College of Forestry & Conservation and currently serves as one of the Coordinators of the Certificate.  She also serves on the Board for the new interdisiplinary Minor in Climate Change Studies:  Integrating Science, Society, and Solutions.  In spring 2010, Dr. Klene won a Helen & Winston Cox Educational Excellence Award from the College.

International Experience:

Dr. Klene has traveled widely, especially in the Arctic.  In 2007 she served as an instructor for a field course on permafrost in West Siberia, returned there in 2012 for a conference, has made several trips to Norway for conferences on Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples, the International Polar Year, and the European Permafrost Conference in Svalbard (2010), and recently to EuCOP in Portugal (2014).  However, fun trips have included Mexico and Hawaii - to enjoy warmer climes!

Selected Publications:

  • *J.W. Oyler, S.Z. Dobrowski, A.P. Ballantyne, A.E. Klene, and S.W. Running, 2015.  Artificial Amplification of Warming Trends Across the Mountains of the Western United States. Geophysical Research Letters, DOI: 10.1002/2014GL062803. 
  • Z.A. Holden, A.E. Klene, R. Keefe, and G. Moisen, 2013.  Design and Preliminary Evaluation of an Inexpensive Radiation Shield for Monitoring Surface Air Temperatures. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, v180, 281-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2013.06.011.  View PDF.
  • *K.L. Riley, J. Abatzoglou, I. Grenfell, A.E. Klene and F.A. Heinsch, 2013.  The relationship of large fire occurrence with drought and fire-danger indices in the western USA, 1984-2008: The role of temporal scale. International Journal of Wildland Fire, v22, n7, 894-909.  DOI:10.1071/WF12149.  View PDF.
  • A.E. Klene, F.E. Nelson, and K.M. Hinkel, 2013.  Urban - rural contrasts in summer soil-surface temperature and active-layer thickness, Barrow, Alaska, USA. Polar Geography, v36, n3, 197-221. DOI: 10.1080/1088937X.2012.706756 View PDF.

Other Publications:

  • *K.E. Nyland, N.I. Shiklomanov, D.A. Streletskiy, A.E. Klene, and F.E. Nelson, 2012.  Effect of vegetation of soil-surface temperatures in northern Alaska. Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Permafrost, Vol 1: International Contributions. Salekhard, Russia: The Northern Publisher (Severnoye Izdatelstvo), pp 295-300.  View PDF.
  • K.M. Hinkel, A.E. Klene, and F.E. Nelson, 2008. Spatial and interannual patterns of winter n-factors near Barrow, Alaska. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Permafrost, 705-710.  View PDF.
  • A.E. Klene, F.E. Nelson, N.I Shiklomanov, and D.A.Streletskiy, 2008. Interannual variability of winter n-factors in the Kuparuk River basin, Alaska. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Permafrost, 953-958.  View PDF.
  • D.A. Streletskiy, N.I. Shiklomanov, F.E. Nelson, and A.E. Klene, 2008. Long-term active-layer thickness and ground surface temperature trends: 13 years of observations at Alaskan CALM sites. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Permafrost, 1727-1732.  View PDF.
  • K.M. Hinkel, A.E. Klene, and F.E. Nelson, 2004. The summer climate of an Arctic coastal village: Preliminary observations from the Barrow Urban Heat-Island Study. Polar Geography, v28, n3, 197-221.  View PDF.
  • K.M. Hinkel, F.E. Nelson, A.E. Klene, and J.H. Bell, 2003. The winter urban heat island at Barrow, Alaska. International Journal of Climatology, v23, n15, 1889-1905.  View PDF.
  • A.E. Klene, K.M. Hinkel, and F.E. Nelson, 2003. Initial results from the Barrow, Alaska Heat Island Study: Soil temperatures and active-layer thickness. Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Permafrost.  View PDF.
  • A.E. Klene, F.E. Nelson, J. Nevins, D. Rogers, and N.I. Shiklomanov, 2002. Permafrost science and secondary education: direct involvement of teachers and students in field research. Geomorphology, v47, n2-4, 275-287.  View PDF.
  • A.E. Klene, F.E. Nelson, and N.I. Shiklomanov, 2001. The n-factor as a tool in geocryological mapping: seasonal thaw in the Kuparuk River Basin, Alaska. Physical Geography, v22, n6, 449-466.  View PDF.
  • A.E. Klene, F.E. Nelson, N.I. Shiklomanov, and K.M. Hinkel, 2001.  The n-factor in natural landscapes: Variability of air and soil-surface temperatures, Kuparuk River basin, Alaska.  Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, v33, n2, 140-148.  View PDF.