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alt David Robinson
State Climatologist

Curriculum Vita: | 1. short | 2. full |
Research Interests:

I am an earth scientist, more specifically a physical geographer and climatologist.  My research interests run the spatial gamut from global to local, with an underlying theme being the development of a better understanding of the climate system.  The majority of my published research has focused on hemispheric and regional snow cover dynamics and interactions of snow cover with other climate elements.  This includes maintaining an internationally-recognized database of Northern Hemisphere snow extent throughout the satellite era http://snowcover.org.  This information is used in our Global Snow Lab's research endeavors, efforts of others, and in our contributions to national and international climate assessments.

As the New Jersey State Climatologist, I conduct research of an applied nature that focuses on the diverse weather and climate of the Garden State.  This includes topics such as climate change, drought, flooding, and issues involving agriculture, transportation, public safety and commerce http://njclimate.org.  The Office of the NJ State Climatologist also operates one of the most spatially dense observing networks in the nation.  The NJ Weather and Climate Network http://njwx.org provides timely information to decision makers, the research community, and the general public.

Finally, I have served on a number of national committees and occasionally publish on issues related to my interest in the collection and archiving of accurate climatic data.

Education: Ph.D. 1984 Columbia University
M.S. 1981 Columbia University
B.S. 1977 Dickinson College
Students: John Mioduszewski, Asher Siebert


Digitizing Historical NJ Maps


The Rutgers University Library's Digital Projects Lab contains the equipment to digitize large material and Staff Cartographer Michael Siegel uses it to digitize historical NJ maps and posts the files online for easier access. In addition, the images are available on the New Jersey Digital Highway.


Ridgewood Public Library article on cooperative project to scan maps.


Historical NJ Maps Website

Geography Knows No Boundaries


Geography majors receive a liberal arts education that is an appropriate base for further specialized training in academic disciplines which address environmental and international issues or in related professional fields such as planning and public policy, law, and environmental management. Students are also offered courses in which they learn specific technical skills in spatial data analysis, cartographic design, remote sensing, and geographic information systems that are suitable for direct entry employment positions. The Geography Graduate Program encourages work on a wide range of research specialties and fosters strong interdisciplinary ties. The program offers the following degree options: Master of Arts (MA), Master of Science (MS), and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).



    • We’re hiring! Rutgers Tenure Track Position in Human-Environment Geography. Apply via interfolio.


  • Graduate student Michael Brady awarded a National Science Foundation grant.
  • Professor Kevin St. Martin awarded NOAA grant.
  • Professor Richard Schroeder will serve as SAS Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences.
  • Professor Asher Ghertner wins prize for best paper published in Environment and Planning A.

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