Robert Rohli headshotRobert V. Rohli

Professor, Department of Oceanography & Coastal Sciences

Phone:  225-578-6346


Office:  2135 Energy, Coast, & Environment Building

Bachelor’s Degree(s):  B.A., University of New Orleans, 1989

Master’s Degree(s):  M.S., The Ohio State University, 1991            

Ph.D.(s):  Ph.D., Louisiana State University, 1995

Research Interests

Coastal weather and climate, atmospheric circulation variability, natural hazards and risks, tropical cyclone dynamics, surface-atmosphere interactions, synoptic meteorology and climatology, geoscience education, history of science

Courses Taught

Coastal meteorology

Surface-atmosphere interactions

Atmospheric and oceanic circulation

Recent Publications

Al Assi, A., R.B. Mostafiz, C.J. Friedland, M.A. Rahim, and R.V. Rohli, 2022:  Flood risk assessment for residences at the neighborhood scale by owner/occupant type and first-floor height.  Frontiers in Big Data, section Data-driven Climate Sciences, in press, doi: 10.3389/fdata.2022.997447

Bushra, N., R.V. Rohli, C. Li, P.W. Miller, and R.B. Mostafiz, 2022:  Changing features of the Northern Hemisphere 500-hPa circumpolar vortex. Frontiers in Big Data, section Data-driven Climate Sciences, in press, doi: 10.3389/fdata.2022.1009158. 

Mostafiz, R.B., C.J. Friedland, M.A. Rahim, N. Bushra, R.V. Rohli, and F. Orooji, 2022:  A data-driven, spatial approach to characterize flood hazard.  Frontiers in Big Data, section Data-driven Climate Sciences, 12 pp., in press, doi: 10.3389/fdata.2022.1022900.

Rohli, R.V., G. Snedden, E. Martin, and K.L. DeLong, 2022:  Impacts of atmosphere-ocean teleconnections on the south-central United States. Frontiers in Earth Science 10, Art. No. 934654, 26 pp., doi: 10.3389/feart.2022.934654.

Wang, L., R.V. Rohli, Q. Lin, S. Jin, and X. Yan, 2022:  Impact of extreme heatwaves on population exposure in China due to 0.5 C˚ additional warming.  Sustainability 14(18), Art. No. 11458, 13 pp., doi: 10.3390/su141811458. 

Gnan, E., C.J. Friedland, R.B. Mostafiz, M.A. Rahim, T. Gentimis, R.V. Rohli, and A. Taghinezhad, 2022:  Economically optimizing elevation of new, single-family residences for flood mitigation via life-cycle benefit-cost analysis.  Frontiers in Environmental Science, section Water and Wastewater Management, in press, doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2022.889239.

Gnan, E., C.J. Friedland, M.A. Rahim, R.B. Mostafiz, R.V. Rohli, F. Orooji, A. Taghinezhad, and J. McElwee, 2022:  Improved building-specific flood risk assessment and implications of depth-damage function selection.  Frontiers in Water, section Water and Hydrocomplexity 4, Art. No. 919726, 11 pp., doi: 10.3389/frwa. 2022.919726.

Mostafiz, R.B., R.V. Rohli, C.J. Friedland, M. Gall, and N. Bushra, 2022:  Future crop risk estimation due to drought, extreme temperature, hail, lightning, and tornado at the census tract level in Louisiana.  Frontiers in Environmental Science, section Environmental Economics and Management 10, Art. No. 919782, 17 pp., doi: 10.3389/ fenvs.2022.919782.

Yao, Q., M. Cohen, K.-b. Liu, D. Fan, E. Rodrigues, K. Maiti, A.V. de Souza, A.A. Aragón-Moreno, R. Rohli, D. Yin, and L.C.R. Pessenda, 2022: Mangrove expansion at poleward range limits in North and South America: Late-Holocene climate variability or Anthropocene global warming?  Catena 216(B), doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2022.106413.

Zhao, X., V.H. Rivera-Monroy, C. Li, I.V. Lopez, R.V. Rohli, Z.G. Xue, E. Castañeda-Moya, and C. Coronado-Molina, 2022:  Temperature across vegetation canopy-water-soil interfaces is modulated by hydroperiod and extreme weather in coastal wetlands.  Frontiers in Marine Science 9, Art. No. 852901, 21 pp., doi:  10.3389/fmars.2022. 852901.

Mostafiz, R.B., C.J. Friedland, R.V. Rohli, and N. Bushra, 2022:  Estimating future residential property risk associated with wildfires in Louisiana, U.S.A.  Climate 10, Art. No. 49, 39 pp., doi: 10.21203/

Mostafiz, R.B., R.V. Rohli, C.J. Friedland, and Y. Lee, 2022:  Actionable information in flood risk communications and the potential for new Web-based tools for long-term planning for individuals and community.  Frontiers in Earth Science, section Geohazards and Georisks 10, Art. No. 840250, 16 pp., doi: 10.3389/feart.2022. 840250.

Orooji, F., C.J. Friedland, R.D. Savio, A. Taghinezhad, C. Massarra, N. Bushra, and R.V. Rohli, 2022:  Generalized cost-effectiveness of residential wind mitigation strategies for wood-frame, single family house in the USA.  Frontiers in Built Environment 7, Art. No. 745914, 12 pp., doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2021.745914.

Mostafiz, R.B., N. Bushra, C.J. Friedland, and R.V. Rohli, 2021:  Present vs. future losses from a 100-year flood: A case study of Grand Isle, Louisiana.  Frontiers in Water 3, Art. No. 763358, 14 pp., doi: 10.3389/frwa.2021.763358.

Cao, W., R.V. Rohli, F. Han, A.J. Vega, N. Bushra, and J.A. Nyman, 2021:  Atmospheric circulation regimes for prescribed burns along the U.S. Gulf of Mexico coast.  Applied Geography 136(2021), Art. No. 102587, 12 pp., doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2021.102587.

Mostafiz, R.B., C.J. Friedland, R.V. Rohli, N. Bushra, and C.L. Held, 2021:  Property risk assessment for expansive soils in Louisiana.  Frontiers in Built Environment 7, Art. No. 754761, 10 pp., doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2021.754761.

Mostafiz, R.B., C.J. Friedland, R.V. Rohli, and N. Bushra, 2021:  Property risk to the sinkhole hazard in Louisiana, U.S.A. Frontiers in Environmental Science 9, Art. No. 780870, 11 pp., doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2021.780870.

Mostafiz, R.B., C.J. Friedland, M.A. Rahman, R.V. Rohli, E. Tate, N. Bushra, and A. Taghinezhad, 2021: Comparison of neighborhood-scale, residential property flood-loss assessment methodologies.  Frontiers in Environmental Science 9, Art. No. 734294, 17 pp., doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2021.734294.

Bushra, N. and R.V. Rohli, 2021:  Relationship between atmospheric teleconnections and the Northern Hemisphere’s circumpolar vortex.  Earth and Space Science 8(9), Art. No. e2021EA001802, 16 pp., doi: 10.1029/2021EA001802.

Bushra, N., R.B. Mostafiz, R.V. Rohli, C.J. Friedland, and M.A. Rahim, 2021:  Technical and social approaches to study shoreline change of Kuakata, Bangladesh.  Frontiers in Marine Science 8, Art. No. 730984, 13 pp., doi: 10.3389/fmars.2021.730984.

Bushra, N. and R.V. Rohli, 2021:  Spatiotemporal trends and variability in the centroid of the Northern Hemisphere’s circumpolar vortex.  Earth and Space Science 8, Art. No. e2020EA001594, doi: 10.1029/2020EA001594.

Rohli, R.V. and M.L. Johnson, 2021:  Contribution of John Daniel Gross to American geography.  Geographical Review, in press 5/26/2021, doi: 10.1080/00167428. 2021.1953381.

Rohli, R.V. and C. Li, 2021:  Meteorology for Coastal Scientists.  Springer, Cham, Switzerland, 978─3─030─73093─2─2, 525 pp.

Bushra, N. and R.V. Rohli, 2021: Annotated Atlas of Coastal and Marine Winds. Elsevier Limited, 978─012─820061─2, 157 pp.

Reynolds, S.J., R.V. Rohli, J.K. Johnson, P.R. Waylen, and M.A. Francek, 2021:  Exploring Physical Geography.  Third edition.  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., New York, New York, 698 pp., 978─1─260─36499─6.   

Taghinezhad, A., C.J. Friedland, R.V. Rohli, B.D. Marx, J. Giering, and I. Nahmens, 2021:  Predictive statistical cost estimation model for existing single-family home elevation projects.  Frontiers in Built Environment, in press. doi: 10.3389/ fbuil.2021.646668.

Vega, A.J., P.M. Miller, R.V. Rohli, and J. Heavilin, 2021:    Synoptic climatology of mid-Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico nuisance floods.  Natural Hazards 105(2021), 1281–1297, doi: 10.1007/s11069-020-04354-5.

Taghinezhad, A., C.J. Friedland, and R.V. Rohli, 2020:  Benefit-cost analysis of flood-mitigated residential buildings in Louisiana.  Housing and Society 48(2), 185–202, doi: 10.1080/08882746.2020.1796120. 

Mostafiz, R.B., C.J. Friedland, R.V. Rohli, M. Gall, N. Bushra, and J.M. Gilliland, 2020:  Census-block-level property risk estimation due to extreme cold temperature, hail, lightning, and tornadoes in Louisiana, U.S.A.  Frontiers in Earth Science 8, Art. No. 601624, doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.601624.

Jia, P., S. Dai, K.E. Rohli, R.V. Rohli, Y. Ma, C. Yu, X. Pan, and W. Zhou, 2020:  Natural environment and childhood obesity: A systematic review.  Obesity Reviews, in press, doi: 10.1111/obr.13097.

Taghinezhad, A., C.J. Friedland, R.V. Rohli, and B.D. Marx, 2020:  An imputation of first-floor elevation data for the avoided loss analysis of flood-mitigated single-family homes in Louisiana, United States.  Frontiers in Built Environment 6, Art. No. 138, doi: 10.3389/fbuil.2020.00138. 

Iles, R.L. IV, N.D. Walker, J.R. White, and R.V. Rohli, 2020:  Impacts of a major Mississippi River freshwater diversion on suspended sediment plume kinematics in Lake Pontchartrain, a semi-enclosed Gulf of Mexico estuary.  Estuaries and Coasts, 44(2021), 704–721, doi: 10.1007/s12237-020-00789-y.

Harris, J.B., T.A. Joyner, R.V. Rohli, C.J. Friedland, and W.C. Tollefson, 2020:  It’s all downhill from here: A forecast of subsidence rates in the Lower Mississippi River industrial corridor.  Applied Geography 114(2020), Art. No. 102123, doi: 10.1016/j.apgeog.2019.102123.

Vega, A.J., R.V. Rohli, and E. Wright, 2020:  Changes in growing season in the northeastern United States.  Physical Geography 41(4), 343–364, doi: 10.1080/02723646.2019.1672023.

“Contributing author” to Reynolds, S.J. and J.K. Johnson, 2019:  Exploring Earth Science.  Second edition.  The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc., New York, New York, 696 pp., 978─1─25─963861─9.  (first of four listed contributing authors).

Mihunov, V., N.S.N. Lam, R.V. Rohli and L. Zou, 2019:  Emerging disparities in community resilience to drought hazard in south-central United States.   International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction 41(2019), Art. No. 101302, doi: 10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101302.

Bushra, N. and R.V. Rohli, 2019:  An objective procedure delineating the circumpolar vortex.  Earth and Space Science 6(5), 774–783, doi: 10.1029/2019EA000590.

Rohli, R.V., S.A. Ates, V.H. Rivera-Monroy, M.J. Polito, S.R. Midway, E. Castañeda-Moya, A.J. Gold, E. Uchida, M.M. Mangora, and S. Makoto, 2019:  Inter-annual hydroclimatic variability in coastal Tanzania.  International Journal of Climatology 39(12), 4736–4750, doi: 10.1002/joc.6103.

Hiatt, M., G. Snedden, J.W. Day, R.V. Rohli, J.A. Nyman, R. Lane, and L.A. Sharp, 2019:  Drivers and impacts of water level fluctuations in the Mississippi River delta: Implications for delta restoration.  Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 224(2019), 117–137, doi: 10.1016/j.ecss.2019.04.020.

Bushra, N., J.C. Trepanier, and R.V. Rohli, 2019:  Joint probability risk modeling of storm surge and cyclone wind along the coast of the Bay of Bengal using a statistical copula.  International Journal of Climatology 39(11), 4206–4217, doi: 10.1002/ joc.6068.

Bushra, N., R.V. Rohli, N.S.N. Lam, L. Zou, R. Bin Mostafiz, and V. Mihunov, 2019:  The relationship between the Normalized Difference Vegetation Index and drought indices in the south-central United States.  Natural Hazards 96(2), 791–808, doi: 10.1007/s11069-019-03569-5.

Cao, W. and R.V. Rohli, 2019:  Impacts of particulate matter on Gulf of Mexico tropical cyclones.  Physical Geography 40(3), 294–305, doi: 10.1080/02723646.2019.1565476.