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David Legates

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David Legates, Ph.D., is professor of climatology in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware.

David Legates, Ph.D. is professor of climatology in the Department of Geography at the University of Delaware and an adjunct professor at the university’s Physical Ocean Science and Engineering Program and in the Department of Applied Economics.

Dr. Legates received his Ph.D. in climatology from the University of Delaware, and he has taught at Louisiana State University, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Virginia. He has been Research Scientist at the Southern Regional Climate Center, Chief Research Scientist at the Center for Computational Geosciences, and Visiting Research Scientist at the National Climate Data Center.

Dr. Legates has been published more than 125 times in refereed journals, conference proceedings, and monograph series and has made more than 250 professional presentations.

His research has appeared in such journals as the International Journal of Climatology, The Professional Geographer, Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Environmental Hydrology, Journal of Climate, Climatic Change, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, Water Resources Bulletin, Geographical Review, Global and Planetary Change, Journal of Hydrology, Theoretical and Applied Climatology, The American Cartographer, and Journal of Geophysical Research. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Climate and Weather and Yearbook of Science and Technology.

Dr. Legates has argued for the necessity of technological progress in precipitation measurement used for validating climate change scenarios and for validation of existing data used for that purpose. He co-developed methods to correct bias in gauge-measured precipitation data for wind and temperature effects, with direct applicability in climate change, hydrology, and environmental impact studies. Legates also developed a calibration method that validates NEXRAD radar precipitation data with gauge measurements to improve the accuracy of precipitation estimates.

Legates has earned certified consulting meteorologist status from the American Meteorological Society and in 1999 was awarded the Boeing Autometric Award for submitting the best paper in image analysis and interpretation.

At the 10th International Conference on Climate Change in 2015, he was presented with the Courage in Defense of Science Award.

Recent Articles and Publications

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April 13, 2020
By Paul Driessen, David Legates
Honest, evidence-based climate models could avoid trillions of dollars in policy blunders.
May 28, 2019
By Craig Idso, David Legates, S. Fred Singer (1924 - 2020)
This Policy Brief reviews recent research to determine if there is any evidence of such an acceleration and then examines claims that islands and coral atolls are being inundated by rising seas.
February 7, 2019
By David Legates
Testimony showing anthropogenic climate change is not causing an unusual rate of rise in sea levels.
October 5, 2018
By Roger Bezdek, Craig Idso, David Legates, S. Fred Singer (1924 - 2020)
In this new volume, 117 scientists, economists, and other experts address and refute IPCC’s claim that the impacts of climate change on human well-being and the natural environment justify dramatic reductions in the use of fossil fuels
July 10, 2017
By Kesten Green, Willie Soon, J. Scott Armstrong, William Briggs, David Legates, Christopher Monckton of Brenchley
A recent letter by prominent scientists to the MIT President Rafael Reif.
June 26, 2017
By Paul Driessen, David Legates
States that claim they’re committed to Paris do nothing for the climate and ill serve their citizens.
September 22, 2016
By David Legates
What if we could have an experiment to compare the two systems? Wait – we already did.
April 29, 2015
By David Legates, E. Calvin Beisner
This document titled "A Call to Truth, Prudence, and Protection of the Poor 2014: The Case against Harmful Climate Policies Gets Stronger," by the Cornwall Alliance is composed of three major sections. The first section is an introduction written by E.

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