Dr. Robert Dickinson joined the Department of Geological Sciences in August of 2008. For the previous 9 years, he was Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and held the Georgia Power/ Georgia Research Alliance Chair at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the 9 years before that, was Professor of Atmospheric Sciences and Regents Professor at the University of Arizona, and for the previous 22 years a Senior Scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He was elected to the US National Academy of Sciences in 1988, to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2002, and a foreign member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2006. His research interests are in climate modeling, climate variability and change, aerosols, the hydrological cycle and droughts, land surface processes, the terrestrial carbon cycle, and the application of remote sensing data to modeling of land surface processes.

Areas of Expertise

Climate, Global Warming, Land Surface Processes, Remote Sensing, Hydrological Cycle, Carbon Cycle, and Modeling.

Current Research Programs & Projects

Global Change, Climate Modeling, Remote Sensing, Tropical Deforestation, Interaction of Terrestrial and Atmospheric Hydrological Processes, Drought.


Bing Pu

Ying Sun

Graduate Students

Binyan Yan, Ph.D., expected 2016 (Supervisor)

Wenting Fu, Ph.D., expected 2015 (Supervisor)