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John D. Albertson, Adjunct Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Professor in the Division of Environmental Sciences and Policy and Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative


John D. Albertson

John Albertson received his B.S. in civil engineering from SUNY Buffalo; an MBA in Finance from the University of Hartford; a Masters in hydrology from Yale; and a Ph.D. in hydrologic science from the University of California at Davis. Before coming to Duke, he was an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia.

Dr. Albertson's research interests include surface hydrology and boundary layer meteorology; semi-arid vegetation dynamics; Large eddy simulation of turbulence and turbulent transport; urban air quality; hydroclimatic controls on infectious disease dynamics.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  Ciemas, Rm 2465, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-5468
Email Address: send me a message
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Ph.D.University of California at Davis1996
MESYale University1993
MBAUniversity of Hartford1989
BSSUNY Buffalo1985


atmospheric science
Atmospheric Science
Climate Modeling
air quality
Air quality
decision analysis
Environmental Engineering
Environmental Impacts
global climate change
land use and sprawl

Research Interests:

Surface hydrology and boundary layer meteorology; semi-arid vegetation dynamics; Large eddy simulation of turbulence and turbulent transport; urban air quality; hydroclimatic controls on infectious disease dynamics.



Curriculum Vitae

Current Ph.D. Students  
  • Tierney Foster-Wittig  
  • Tiffany Wilson  
  • Jun Yin  
  • Tan Zi  
  • Jing Huang  

Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Huang, J; Cassiani, M; Albertson, JD, Analysis of coherent structures within the atmospheric boundary layer, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 131 no. 2 (2009), pp. 147-171, ISSN 0006-8314 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Kim, T-Y; Cassiani, M; Albertson, JD; Dolbow, JE; Fried, E; Gurtin, ME, Impact of the inherent separation of scales in the Navier-Stokes- αβ equations, Physical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, vol. 79 no. 4 (2009), ISSN 1539-3755 (id. 045307.) [doi]  [abs]
  3. Montaldo, N; Albertson, JD; Mancini, M, Vegetation dynamics and soil water balance in a water-limited Mediterranean ecosystem on Sardinia, Italy, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, vol. 12 no. 6 (2008), pp. 1257-1271, ISSN 1027-5606  [abs]
  4. Detto, M; Katul, G; Mancini, M; Montaldo, N; Albertson, JD, Surface heterogeneity and its signature in higher-order scalar similarity relationships, Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, vol. 148 no. 6-7 (2008), pp. 902-916, ISSN 0168-1923 [doi]  [abs]
  5. Bertoldi, G; Albertson, JD; Kustas, WP; Li, F; Anderson, MC, On the opposing roles of air temperature and wind speed variability in flux estimation from remotely sensed land surface states, Water Resources Research, vol. 43 no. 10 (2007), ISSN 0043-1397 [doi]  [abs]
  6. Cassiani, M; Katul, GG; Albertson, JD, The effects of canopy leaf area index on airflow across forest edges: Large-eddy simulation and analytical results, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 126 no. 3 (2008), pp. 433-460, ISSN 0006-8314 [doi]  [abs]
  7. Montaldo, N; Albertson, JD; Mancini, M, Dynamic calibration with an ensemble Kalman filter based data assimilation approach for root-zone moisture predictions, Journal of Hydrometeorology, vol. 8 no. 4 (2007), pp. 910-921, ISSN 1525-755X [doi]  [abs]
  8. Bertoldi, G; Kustas, WP; Albertson, JD, Estimating spatial variability in atmospheric properties over remotely sensed land surface conditions, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, vol. 47 no. 8 (2008), pp. 2147-2165, ISSN 1558-8424 [doi]  [abs]
  9. Poggi, D; Katul, GG; Albertson, JD; Ridolfi, L, An experimental investigation of turbulent flows over a hilly surface, Physics of Fluids, vol. 19 no. 3 (2007), ISSN 1070-6631 [doi]  [abs]
  10. Williams, CA; Scanlon, TM; Albertson, JD, Influence of surface heterogeneity on scalar dissimilarity in the roughness sublayer, Boundary-Layer Meteorology, vol. 122 no. 1 (2007), pp. 149-165, ISSN 0006-8314 [doi]  [abs]
  11. Timmermans, WJ; Bertoldi, G; Albertson, JD; Olioso, A; Su, Z; Gieske, ASM, Accounting for atmospheric boundary layer variability on flux estimation from RS observations, International Journal of Remote Sensing, vol. 29 no. 17-18 (2008), pp. 5275-5290, ISSN 0143-1161 [doi]  [abs]
  12. Drewry, DT; Albertson, JD, Diagnosing model error in canopy-atmosphere exchange using empirical orthogonal function analysis, Water Resources Research, vol. 42 no. 6 (2006), ISSN 0043-1397 [doi]  [abs]
  13. Williams, CA; Albertson, JD, Dynamical effects of the statistical structure of annual rainfall on dryland vegetation, Global Change Biology, vol. 12 no. 5 (2006), pp. 777-792, ISSN 1354-1013 [doi]  [abs]
  14. Williams, CA; Albertson, JD, Soil moisture controls on canopy-scale water and carbon fluxes in an African savanna, Water Resources Research, vol. 40 no. 9 (2004), pp. W0930201-W0930214, ISSN 0043-1397 [doi]  [abs]

Honors and Awards

  • USDA-ARS, Natural Resource Institute Outside Collaborator of the Year Award (2000)
  • NASA, New Investigator Program (NIP) in the Earth Sciences Award (1999)
  • Packard Fellowship Nominee for University of Virginia (1998, 1999)
  • AGU, Hydrology Section, Outstanding Student Paper Award (1996)
  • NASA Graduate Student Fellowship in Global Change Research (1994-1996)
  • Hutchinson Fellowship, Institute of Biospheric Studies, Yale University (1992-1993)
  • Charles Wood Scholarship, Yale University (1991-1993)
  • Tibor T. Polgar Fellowship, Hudson River Foundation (1992)
  • Northeast Utilities Chairman's Award for Outstanding Performance (1989)
Professional and Service Activities
  • Water Resources Research, Associate Editor (2000-2003)
  • National Science Foundation, Hydrology Grant Selection Panel, Member, (2001, 2002, 2006)
  • Journal of Applied Meteorology, Associate Editor, (1998-2002)
  • AGU, Committee on Large Scale Field Experimentation, Chair, (1996-2001)
  • AGU, AIP, and AMS Journals, Frequent Manuscript Reviewer
  • NSF, NASA, DOE, Proposal Reviewer
  • AGU, Committee on Student Paper Awards, Member, (1999-2002)
  • EPA/NSF, Water and Watersheds Program, Proposal Review Panel Member, (1998, 1999)
  • AGU, Convener of several special sessions over past four years
  • European Union, Advisor to Project on Volga’s River Water Resources (1998-2001)
  • American Geophysical Union, member
  • Irish EPA, Advisor to Project on Eutrophication from Agricultural Sources (2001-2004)
  • American Society of Civil Engineers, member
  • Chi Epsilon (Civil Engineering Honor Society), member
  • Licensed Professional Engineer, State of Connecticut