Johnathan Sugg

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography and Planning at Appalachian State University, where I research and teach in the areas of cartography and climatology. My work explores the physical and human dimensions of climate, as well as the usability of geographic information for communication and visualization. In my current research, I am investigating American climate change beliefs, the map-use contexts and user perceptions of climate maps, and hydroclimatic variability and change across the southeastern US. Prior to joining the faculty at Appalachian, I completed a Ph.D. in Geography at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2017). In addition to these efforts, I have been involved in the design, development, and support of interactive web map applications and geospatial analysis for natural resource managers and nonprofit organizations.


Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.A., B.S., Appalachian State University

Recent Courses

  • GHY 2310: Cartographic Design & Analysis
  • GHY 3000: Communicating Geographic Information
  • GHY 3814: Web Mapping
  • GHY 4530/5530: Cartography of Climate Change
  • GHY 5150: Seminar in Geographic Information Science
  • GHY 5530: Nature and Culture of Climate Change


Sugg, J. W., 2020: Exploratory geovisualization of the character and distribution of American climate change beliefs. Weather, Climate, and Society, 13, 1, 67-82, DOI: 10.1175/WCAS-D-20-0071.1

Kinlaw, T. K., Sugg, J. W., and L. B. Perry, 2019: Warm season hydroclimatic variability and change in the Appalachian region of the southeastern U.S. from 1950 to 2018. Atmosphere, 10, 289, DOI: (pdf)

Sugg, J. W., and C. E. Konrad II, 2019: Defining hydroclimatic regions using daily rainfall characteristics in the southern Appalachian Mountains. International Journal of Digital Earth (pdf)

Eck, M. A., Perry, L. B., Soule, P. T., Sugg, J. W., and D. K. Miller, 2018: Winter climate variability in the southern Appalachian Mountains, 1910-2017. International Journal of Climatology, 1-12, DOI: 10.1002/joc.5795 (pdf)

Sugg, J. W., and C. E. Konrad II, 2017: Relating warm season hydroclimatic variability in the southern Appalachians to synoptic weather patterns using self-organizing maps. Climate Research, 74 (2), 145-160, DOI: 10.3354/cr01493b

Sugg, J. W., C. M. Fuhrmann, L. B. Perry, D. K. Hall, and C. E. Konrad II, 2016: Sub-regional snow cover distribution across the southern Appalachian Mountains. Physical Geography, 38 (2), 105-123, DOI: 10.1080/02723646.2016.1162020 (pdf)

Sugg, J. W., L. B. Perry, D. K. Hall, G. A. Riggs, and C. A. Badurek, 2014: Satellite perspectives on the spatial patterns of new snowfall in the southern Appalachian Mountains. Hydrological Processes, 28 (16), 4602-4613, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10196 (pdf)

Title: Assistant Professor
Department: Geography and Planning

Email address: Email me

Phone: (828) 262-8412

Office address
Rankin Science West 367


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