- PhD, 1998, Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
- MS, 1995, Atmospheric Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles
- MS, 1979, Computer and Information Science, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
- MA, 1983, Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, England
- BA, 1978, Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, England
Geography 101: Intro to Physical Geography
Geography 103: Weather
Geography 311/L: The Atmosphere
Geography 360: Intro to Spatial Statistics
Geography 407/L: Remote Sensing
Geography 416: Global Warming
Geography 460/L: Spatial Analysis
Geography 690D: Graduate Seminar in Remote Sensing
Geography 630E: Human Impact on the Environment
Selected Publications and Presentations
Cox, Helen M., "A Model for Creating a Campus Sustainability Plan", Planning for Higher Education Journal, V44N1 October 2015.
Cox, Helen M., K. Kelly and L. Yetter. "Using remote sensing and geospatial technology in climate change education", Journal of Geoscience Education, 62, 4, 609-620, Nov 2014.
Cox, Helen M., K. Kelly and L. Yetter. "Student Activities in Climate Change using NASA Satellite Data, CSU Geospatial Review, 12 (Spring 2014).
Cox, Helen M. "A Sustainability Initiative to Quantify Carbon Sequestration by Campus Trees", Journal of Geography, 111:5, 173-183, 2012.
Cox, Helen M., "What are we doing about climate change?", Human Geography, 3, 2, 1- 20, 2010.
Cox, H.M, "Studying Climate Change: A New Tool Mixes Weather Data and GIS", (GeoWorld, 22, 9, 24-27, 2009)
Yong, A., S.E. Hough, M.J. Abrams, H. M. Cox, C.J. Wills and G.W. Simila, "Site Characterization Using Integrated Imaging Analysis Methods on Satellite Data of the Islamabad, Pakistan, Region", (Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 98, 6, 2679–2693, 2008. doi: 0.1785/0120080930).
Cox, H. M.,"Current Issues in Global Warming and Mitigation Efforts: Focus on California", (APCG Yearbook, 69, 115 – 132, 2007)
Steele, H. M., A. Eldering, J. D. Lumpe, "Simulations of the accuracy in retrieving aerosol effective radius, composition and loading from high-resolution spectral transmission measurements", (Applied Optics, 45, 9, 2014-2027, 2006)
Steele, H. M., J. D. Lumpe, and R. M. Bevilacqua, "The climatology of the polar aerosol from the POAM instruments" (Physical Geography, 26, 1, pp1-22, Jan-Feb 2005)
Polyakov. A. V., Yu. M. Timofeyev, D. V. Ionov, Ya. A. Virolainen, H. M. Steele and M. J. Newchurch, "Retrieval of ozone and nitrogen dioxide concentrations from SAGE III measurements using a new algorithm", ( J. Geophys. Res., 110, No. 6, doi: 2004JD005060, 2005)
Virolainen, Ya A., Yu. M. Timofeyev, A. V. Polyakov, H. M. Steele, K. Drdla, and M. J. Newchurch, "Simulation of polar stratospheric clouds: 1. Microphysical characteristics", (Atmos. Oceanic Opt., 18, 3, 243-247, 2005)
Virolainen, Ya A., Yu. M. Timofeyev, A. V. Polyakov, H. M. Steele, K. Drdla, and M. J. Newchurch, "Simulation of polar stratospheric clouds: 2. Spectral aerosol extinction coefficient and PSC remote sensing possibilities", (Atmos. Oceanic Opt., 18, 7, 526-530, 2005)
Eldering, A., B. H. Kahn, F. P. Mills, F.W. Irion, H. M. Steele and M. R. Gunson, "Vertical profiles of aerosol volume from high-spectral-resolution infrared transmission measurements: Results", J. Geophys. Res., 109,D20201, doi:10.1029/2004JD004623, 2004.
Timofeyev, Yu. M., A. V. Polyakov, H. M. Steele and M. J. Newchurch, "Optimal eigenanalysis for the treatment of aerosols in the retrieval of atmospheric composition from transmission measurements." Applied Optics, 42, 15, 2635-2646, 2003.
Steele, H. M., A. Eldering, B. Sen, G. C. Toon, F. P. Mills and B. H. Kahn, "Retrieval of stratospheric aerosol size and composition information from solar infrared transmission spectra", Applied Optics,42, 12, 2140-2154, 2003.
Steele, H. M., J. D. Lumpe, R. M. Bevilacqua, K. W. Hoppel and R. P. Turco, "The role of temperature history in polar stratospheric cloud sightings." (J. Geophys. Res., 107, AAC2-1 – AAC2-15, 2002)
Eldering, A., F.W. Irion, A. Y. Chang, M. R. Gunson, F. P. Mills and H. M. Steele, "Vertical profiles of aerosol volume from high-spectral-resolution infrared transmission measurements. I. Methodology", Applied Optics, 40, 18, 3082-3091, 2001.
Steele, H. M., J. Lumpe, R. P. Turco, R. Bevilacqua, and S. T. Massie,
"Retrieval of aerosol surface area and volume densities from extinction measurements: Application to POAM II and SAGE II", J. Geophys. Res., 9325-9336, 1999.
Steele, H. M., K. Drdla, R. P. Turco, J. D. Lumpe, R. M. Bevilacqua, "Tracking polar stratospheric cloud development with POAM II and a microphysical model", Geophys. Res. Lett., 26,287-290, 1999
Cox, Helen M, Kimberle Kelly, and Laura Yetter. "Using Remote Sensing and Geospatial Technology for Climate Change", Journal of Geoscience Education, 3, (forthcoming), 2014.
Cox, Helen M., K. Kelly and L. Yetter. "Student Activities in Climate Change using NASA Satellite Data, CSU Geospatial Review (Spring 2014). http://csugis.sfsu.edu/CSU_Geospatial_Review/2014.pdf
Research and Interests
For the past seven years Dr. Cox has served as the Director of the Institute for Sustainability at CSUN. In this capacity she develops and promotes educational and research programs related to sustainability; coordinates and assists in the implementation of greening efforts for the campus; participates in campus planning for sustainability, and leads CSUN's work in climate adaptation and resilience. She was responsible for leading the development of CSUN's 10-year sustainability plan, Greenhouse Gas Inventory, and Climate Action Plan. Dr. Cox heads up sustainability curriculum development, education and outreach, and collaborative research work on sustainability and resilience across colleges.
Dr. Cox’s research has focused on the formation of the Antarctic ozone hole, and on issues related to climate change. She has studied the interaction of aerosol particles with sunlight, an important component in controlling the radiation budget of the earth, and one that has received much attention for its role in "global dimming". Dr. Cox has presented and authored papers on the retrieval of atmospheric data from satellite experiments, aerosols, stratospheric ozone depletion, climate change, remote sensing, carbon sequestration, the use of GIS in sustainability studies, and sustainability education and planning. She enjoys engaging students in important environmental work such as water and energy conservation, community climate mitigation and adaptation strategies, clean energy technology, and GIS and remote sensing studies of the environment and the urban heat island effect. She has a keen interest in the environment and enjoys following scientific and technological developments in climate change and sustainability. She teaches courses related to the atmosphere, climate change, alternative energy resources, sustainability, remote sensing, and the environment.