Robinson, David

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Dr. David A. Robinson is a climatologist and geographer with research interests in the earth’s cryosphere, in particular hemispheric and regional snow cover dynamics and interactions of snow cover with other climate elements. He maintains the longest (51 year) satellite-derived database of snow cover extent over Northern Hemisphere lands and was the first to identify the progressively early loss of spring snow cover in middle and high latitudes in recent decades.  

Dave has also been New Jersey’s State Climatologist for the past 26 years, where he works with a wide array of user communities who require climatological expertise to solve problems. He oversees the Rutgers New Jersey Weather Network, a constellation of over 60 stations that observe a variety of variables every five minutes, sits on numerous state committees and provides public education through presentations and media interviews. Through his cryosphere and state efforts he has an expertise in the collection and archiving of accurate climatic data, which has resulted in him leading several National Academy of Sciences committees delving into this issue.

Dave teaches courses in climate and climate change, physical geography and the geography of New Jersey.  He was recently a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, is past president of the American Association of State Climatologists, is a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society and holds the Lifetime Achievement award of the American Association of Geographers.


Suriano, Z.J., D.J. Leathers, T.L Mote, G.R. Henderson, T.W. Estilow, L.J. Wachowicz, and D.A. Robinson (2021) Declining North American snow cover ablation frequency. International Journal of Climatology, 1–13, doi:10.1002/joc.7125.

Suriano, Z.J., D.A. Robinson and D.J. Leathers (2019) Changing snow depth climatology of the North American Great Lakes basin (USA): Implications and trends. Anthropocene, 26, doi: 10.1016/j.ancene.2019.100208.

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