College of Arts and Sciences

Scott Robeson

Scott Robeson Professor, Department of Geography

Office: SB 202
TEL: (812) 855-7722

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Ph.D., 1992, University of Delaware
M.Sc., 1987, University of British Columbia
B.A., 1984, University of Delaware


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

Current Projects


  • G250/577 Computing in the Geospatial Sciences
  • G304/532 Physical Climatology
  • G444/544 Climate Change Impacts
  • G477/577 Topics in Climatology
  • G488/588 Applied Spatial Statistics
  • G501 Research in Geography (Proposal Development)

Recent Publications

  • Willmott, C. J., S. M. Robeson, and K. Matsuura (2017) "Routinely reported average-error statistics are underestimating model accuracy: examples from climate science," Eos, in press.
  • Ferrara, M., F. Groff, Z. Moon, K Keshavamurthy, S. M. Robeson, and C. Kieu (2017) "Large-scale control of the lower stratosphere on variability of tropical cyclone intensity," Geophysical Research Letters, doi: 10.1002/2017/GL073327. Abstract
  • Robeson, S. M. and T. Wright (2017) "Temperature," International Encyclopedia of Geography. Abstract
  • Sharma, K., S. M. Robeson, P. Thapa, and A. Saikia (2017) "Land-use/land-cover change and forest fragmentation in the Jigme Dorji National Park, Bhutan," Physical Geography, 38, 18-35. Abstract
  • Aslan, A., A. F. Rahman, M. W. Warren and S. M. Robeson (2016) "Mapping spatial distribution and biomass of coastal wetland vegetation in Indonesian Papua by combining active and passive remotely sensed data," Remote Sensing of Environment, 183, 65-81. Abstract
  • Ficklin, D. L., S. M. Robeson, and J. Knouft (2016) "Impacts of recent climate change on trends in baseflow and stormflow in United States watersheds," Geophysical Research Letters, 43, 5079-5088. Abstract
  • Gholizadeh, H. and S. M. Robeson (2016) "Revisiting empirical ocean-colour algorithms for remote estimation of chlorophyll content at the global scale," International Journal of Remote Sensing, 36, 3114-3133. Abstract
  • Maxwell, J. T., G. L. Harley, and S. M. Robeson (2016) "On the declining relationship between tree growth and climate in the Midwest United States: The fading drought signal," Climatic Change, doi: 10.1007/s10584-016-1720-3. Abstract
  • Ficklin, D. L., J. T. Abatzoglou, S. M. Robeson, and A. Dufficy (2016) "The influence of climate model biases on projections of aridity and drought," Journal of Climate, 29, 1269-1285. Abstract
  • Huang, C., H. Zhang, and S. M. Robeson (2016) "Intrinsic random functions and universal kriging on the circle," Statistics and Probability Letters, 108, 33-39. Abstract
  • Schoof, J. T. and S. M. Robeson (2016) "Projecting changes in regional temperature and precipitation extremes in the United States," Weather and Climate Extremes, 11/ 28-40. Abstract
  • Robeson, S. M. (2015) "Revisiting the recent California drought as an extreme value," Geophysical Research Letters, 42, 6771-6779. 10.1002/2015GL064593. Abstract
  • Willmott, C. J., S. M. Robeson, K. Matsuura, and D. L. Ficklin (2015) "Assessment of three dimensionless measures of model performance," Environmental Modelling and Software, 73, 167-174. Abstract
  • Gholizadeh, H., S. M. Robeson, and A. F. Rahman (2015) "Comparing the performance of multispectral vegetation indices and machine-learning algorithms fo remote estimation of chlorophyll," International Journal of Remote Sensing, 36, 3114-3133. Abstract
  • Robeson, S. M., C. J. Willmott, and P. D. Jones (2014) "Trends in hemispheric warm and cold anomalies," Geophysical Research Letters, 10.1002/2014GL062323. PDF
  • Robeson, S. M., A. Li, and C. Huang (2014) "Point-pattern analysis on the sphere," Spatial Statistics, 10, 76-86. PDF
  • Sato, N. and S. M. Robeson (2014) "Trends in the near-zero range of the minimum air-temperature distribution," Physical Geography, 35, 429-442. Abstract