College of Arts and Sciences

Scott Robeson

Scott Robeson Professor, Department of Geography

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

Publications and Software

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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 Computing in the Geospatial Sciences
  • 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

  • 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. PDF
  • 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

Recent Graduate Students

  • Sara Johnson, Persistence of upper-air temperatures over North America, M.S., in progress
  • Hamed Gholizadeh, Machine-learning approaches to remote estimation of terrestrial and aquatic chlorophyll concentrations, 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