Trent Ford | Geography | SIU

Southern Illinois University



College of Liberal Arts

Trent Ford

Assistant Professor

Trent Ford


Phone: (618) 453-6024

Office: 4533 Faner Hall

Scholar Profile

CV (pdf)

Dr. Ford’s research interests include hydroclimatology, soil moisture, drought, and extreme heat.


Ph.D., Geography - Texas A&M University
M.S., Geography - Texas A&M University
B.S., Geography - Illinois State University

Courses Taught

  • GEOG 104: Weather, Climate, & Society: Fall 2015 - present
  • GEOG 330: Severe & Hazardous Weather: Fall 2016 - present

Recent Publications

Ford, T.W., and J.T. Schoof. Oppressive Heat Events in Illinois Related to Antecedent Wet Soils. Journal of Hydrometeorology, (in press),

Ford, T.W., Wang, Q., and S.M. Quiring. The Observation Record Length Necessary to Generate Robust Soil Moisture Percentiles. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, (in press),

Quiring, S.M., Ford, T.W., Wang, J.K., Khong, A., Harris, E., Lindgren, T., Goldberg, D.W., and Z. Li. The North American Soil Moisture Database: Development and Applications. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, (in press),

Meng, L., Ford, T.W., and Y. Guo. Logistic Regression Analysis of Drought Persistence in East China. International Journal of Climatology, (in press),

Ford, T.W., and O.W. Frauenfeld, 2016: Surface-Atmosphere Moisture Interactions in the Frozen Ground Regions of Eurasia. Scientific Reports, 6, 19163,

Recent Grants

“Developing National Soil Moisture Products to Improve Drought Monitoring”, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $493,000, PI: Trent Ford, Co-Is: Steven Quriing and Jessica Lucido

“North American Heat Wave Predictability: Assessing the Role of Land Surface Initialization on S2S and NMME Model Forecasts”, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, $510,000, PI: Trent Ford, Co-I: Paul Dirmeyer

“Investigating Soil Moisture-Convective Precipitation Feedbacks with Soil Moisture-Active Passive”, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, $800,000, PI: Steven Quiring, Co-Is: Trent Ford and Adam Houston