Neil Debbage, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Political Science and Geography

Neil Debbage


Dr. Neil Debbage is an Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Sustainability. His research focuses on urban climatology, natural hazards, and sustainability. Specifically, Dr. Debbage utilizes GIS, statistical modeling, and numerical weather modeling to better understand how cities and their residents can become more resilient to heat and flood threats. His past research projects have studied the urban heat island effect while his ongoing work analyzes both the physical and social factors that influence urban flooding vulnerability. Dr. Debbage’s research has been published in Water Resources Research, Computers, Environment and Urban Systems, and the International Journal of Climatology and appeared in a number of news outlets including NPR.

Dr. Debbage regularly offers courses that focus on weather and climate, physical geography, and GIS. He also serves as the faculty advisor for the UTSA chapter of Gamma Theta Upsilon (GTU), which is an international geographical honor society. Please contact him if you have any questions about GTU at UTSA.

Dr. Debbage received his Ph.D., M.S., and B.A. in Geography from the University of Georgia.


  • GES 3314 – Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
  • GES 3323 – Spatial Analysis
  • GES 3713 – Weather and Climate
  • GES 3753 – Climate Change

Research Interests

  • Urban Climatology
  • Natural Hazards
  • Urban Resilience
  • GIScience
  • Numerical Weather Modeling

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Grants, Patents and Clinical Trials