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Scott Robeson | Faculty

Scott Robeson Professor, Department of Geography

Office: SB 202
TEL: 812-855-6303



Ph.D., 1992, Delaware


  • Climate change detection and impacts
  • Statistical analysis of environmental change
  • Spatial statistics and time-series analysis

Current Projects


  • G250 Computer Methods in Geography
  • G304/532 Physical Climatology
  • G477/577 Topics in Climatology
  • G488/588 Applied Spatial Statistics
  • G489/589 Advanced Geospatial Data Analysis
  • G602 Seminar in Climatology

Recent Publications

  • Bogonovich, M., S. M. Robeson, and M. Watson (2013) "Patterns of North American fern and lycophyte richness at three taxonomic levels," American Fern Journal, 103, 193-214. PDF
  • Huang, C., H. Zhang, and S. M. Robeson (2012) "A simplified representation of the covariance structure of axially symmetric processes on the sphere," Statistics and Probability Letters, doi: 10.1016/j.spl.201.03.015. Full Text
  • Willmott, C. J., S. M. Robeson, and K. Matsuura (2012) "A refined index of model performance," International Journal of Climatology, DOI: 10.1002/joc.2419. PDF
  • Huang, C., H. Zhang, and S. M. Robeson (2011) "On the validity of commonly used covariance and variogram functions on the sphere," Mathematical Geosciences, doi:10.1007/s11004-011-9344-7. PDF
  • 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

Recent Graduate Students

  • Sara Johnson, Persistence of Upper-Air Temperatures over North America, M.S., in progress
  • Hamed Gholizadeh, Remote sensing and data analysis, Ph.D., in progress
  • 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