Research Interests

  • Applied Climatology
  • Climate Resiliency
  • Decision Support Tools
  • Risk Communication
  • Risk Analysis
  • Actionable Science

Master's Degree Research

East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina
January 2020 - Present

The combination of multiple climatic drivers across spatial and temporal scales is referred to as a compound event. Flood events result from the coincidence of drivers that are typically climatic in nature. Three distinct flood drivers: pluvial (precipitation-based), fluvial (river-based), and coastal (tidal-based) have the potential for causing damages on their own, but if these drivers occur concurrently or in close succession, this is called a Compound Coastal Water Event (CCWE) and the adverse consequences of the hazards can be exacerbated leading to substantial impacts.

My research will introduce a copula-based approach that can be used to obtain multivariate probabilistic assessments of CCWE drivers and their corresponding return periods. It has been hypothesized that the joint distributions will yield a greater hazard risk and smaller return period for each variable compared to their univariate distributions. Analyzing all drivers will provide a better understanding of CCWE and how to respond to these events.


Spatially compounded surge events: an example from hurricanes Matthew and Florence
Scott Curtis, Kelley DePolt, Jamie Kruse, Anuradha Mukherj, Jennifer Helgeson, Ausmita Ghosh, Philip Van Wagoner
Natural Hazards and Earth System Sciences, 2021

Cotton thrips infestation predictor: a practical tool for predicting tobacco thrips (Frankliniella fusca) infestation of cotton seedlings in the south‐eastern United States
Thomas M. Chappell, Rebecca Ward, Kelley DePolt, Phillip Roberts, Jeremy Greene, George Kennedy
Pest Management Science, 2020

North Carolina Climate Science Report
Kenneth E. Kunkel, David R. Easterling , Andrew Ballinger, Solomon Bililign , Sarah M. Champion, D. Reide Corbett, Kathie D. Dello, Jenny Dissen, Gary M. Lackmann, Richard A. Luettich Jr., L. Baker Perry, Walter A. Robinson, Laura E. Stevens, Brooke C. Stewart, Adam J. Terando
North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies, 2020
Served as Technical Contributor.


** Compound Coastal Water Event Risk within Eastern North Carolina: Case Study
Kelley DePolt
Carolina Climate Resilience Conference, 2021

** Compound Coastal Water Event Risk within Eastern North Carolina: Case Study
Kelley DePolt
15th Annual Research & Creative Achievement Week at East Carolina University, 2021
Winner of Masters Natural Science Oral Presentation Category

** Compound Coastal Water Event Risk within Eastern North Carolina: Case Study
Kelley DePolt
Annual Meeting of the North Carolina Geographical Society, 2021

Compound coastal water events from 1981 to present in eastern North Carolina
Scott Curtis, Kelley DePolt
Hurricon: Science at the Intersection of Hurricanes and the Populated Coast, 2020

* Climate Data Integration for Agricultural Decision Support
Kelley DePolt, Rebecca Cumbie Ward
14th State of North Carolina Undergraduate Research and Creativity Symposium, 2018
American Meteorological Society 99th Meeting, 24th Conference on Applied Climatology, 2019

* Statistical Analysis of Gridded Global Climate Datasets Compared to Station Measurements
Kelley DePolt, Heather Aldridge, Aaron Sims
27th Annual NC State University Undergraduate Research & Creativity Spring Symposium, 2018

* Poster Presentation   ** Oral Presentation


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