Scott Robeson

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Professor & Chair, Department of Geography
Student Building 120
701 E. Kirkwood Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
Phone: (812) 855-6303
srobeson[at]indiana [dot] edu
Research Interests: Detecting changes in daily air-temperature probability distributions, Influence of surface climate network distributions on estimates of global change, Growing-season length as an indicator of climatic change, Use of point-based semivariance models to monitor environmental disturbances, Development and application of geographic box plots


  • Climatic Change
  • Statistical Climatology
  • Applied Climatology

Current Projects


  • G250 Computer Methods in Geography
  • G304/532 Physical Meteorology and Climatology
  • G488/588 Applied Spatial Statistics
  • G477/577 Applied Climatology
  • G489/589 Atmospheric Data Analysis
  • G602 Seminar in Climate Change

Representative Publications

  • Hayes, J. J. and S. M. Robeson (2011) "Relationships between fire severity and post-fire landscape pattern following a large mixed-severity fire in the Valle Vidal, New Mexico, USA," Forest Ecology and Management, 261, 1392-1400. PDF
  • Nickl, E., C. J. Willmott, K. Matsuura, and S. M. Robeson (2010) "Changes in annual land-surface precipitation over the twentieth and early twenty-first century," Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 100, 1-11. PDF
  • Hayes, J. J. and S. M. Robeson (2009) "Spatial Variability of Landscape Pattern Change Following a Ponderosa Pine Wildfire in Northeastern New Mexico, USA," Physical Geography, 30, 410-429. PDF
  • Willmott, C. J., K. Matsuura, and S. M. Robeson (2009) "Ambiguities inherent in sums-of-squares-based error statistics," Atmospheric Environment, 43, 749-752. PDF
  • Robeson, S. M. (2008) "Applied climatology: Drought," Progress in Physical Geography, 32, 303-309. PDF
  • Ensor, L. A. and S. M. Robeson (2008) Statistical characteristics of daily precipitation: Comparisons of gridded and point datasets," Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 47, 2468-2476. PDF
  • Willmott, C. J., S. M. Robeson, and K. Matsuura (2007) "Geographic box plots", Physical Geography, 28, 331-344. PDF
  • Schoof, J. T., S. C. Pryor, and S. M. Robeson (2007) "Downscaling daily maximum and minimum temperature in the Midwestern USA: A hybrid empirical approach," International Journal of Climatology, 27, 439-454. PDF
  • Robeson, S. M. and L. A. Ensor (2006) "Daily precipitation grids for South America (Comment)," Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 87, 1095-1096. PDF
  • Robeson, S. M. and J. A. Doty (2005) "Identifying rogue air-temperature stations using cluster analysis of percentile trends," Journal of Climate, 18, 1275-1287. PDF
  • Robeson, S. M. (2005) "Statistical climatology," pp. 687-694 in J. E. Oliver (ed.) Encyclopedia of World Climatology. Springer, New York. PDF
  • Janis, M. J. and S. M. Robeson (2004) "Determining the spatial representativeness of air-temperature records using variogram-nugget time series," Physical Geography, 25, 513-530. PDF
  • Robeson, S. M. (2004) "Trends in time-varying percentiles of daily minimum and maximum temperature over North America," Geophysical Research Letters, 31, L04203, doi:10.1029/2003GL019019. PDF
  • Schoof, J. T. and S. M. Robeson (2003) "Seasonal and spatial variations of serial and cross-correlation matrices used by stochastic weather generators," Climate Research, 24, 95-102. PDF
  • Batistella, M., S. Robeson, and E. Moran (2003) "Settlement design, forest fragmentation, and landscape change in Rondônia, Amazônia," Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing, 69, 805-812. PDF
  • Robeson, S. M. (2002) "Relationships between mean and standard deviation of air temperature: Implications for global warming," Climate Research, 22, 205-213. PDF
  • Robeson, S. M. (2002) "Increasing growing-season length in Illinois during the 20th century," Climatic Change, 52, 219-238. PDF

Recent Graduate Students

  • Jared Desrochers, Analyzing Snowfall Change and Teleconnection Relations with a Standardized Snowfall Index, M.S., 2009
  • Melissa Davis, Using Local and Synoptic Meteorological Conditions to Estimate the Probability of Santa Ana Events, M.S., 2009
  • James Hayes, Spatial and Compositional Variability Associated with Forest Fire Severity in a Ponderosa Pine Forest of Northeastern New Mexico, Ph.D., 2008
  • Noriyuki Sato, Impacts of Climatic Change and Variability on Winter-Road Maintenance in North America, Ph.D., 2008
  • Leslie Ensor, Statistical Differences in Gridded and Point Precipitation Datasets in the Midwestern United States, M.S., 2005