Scott Robeson

Professor, Geography

(812) 855-7722
Department of Geography
IU Bloomington
Student Building 202
701 E Kirkwood Ave
Bloomington, IN


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


Dr. Farmer's research lab is focused on sustainable agriculture and associated local food systems, as well as private land conservation and land trusts. Current projects focus on the use of high tunnels to provide year-round local foods; active management of private lands for ecosystem services; and climate change, municipal parks, and long term planning for adaptive management.

Courses Taught

  • 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)


Research Interests

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

Current Projects

  • Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment
  • Axially symmetric processes and spatial statistics on the sphere
  • Detecting changes in daily air-temperature probability distributions
  • Recent changes in the persistence and spatial variability of global air temperature variability
  • Growing-season length as an indicator of climatic change
  • Use of geostatistics to analyze environmental disturbances
  • Statistics for the evaluation of models