John D. Albertson

John D. Albertson

Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering

Primary Appointment

School of Engineering

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.


Yin, J, Albertson, JD, and Porporato, A. "A probabilistic description of entrainment instability for cloud-topped boundary-layer models." Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society (December 2016).
Zi, T, Kumar, M, Kiely, G, Lewis, C, and Albertson, J. "Simulating the spatio-temporal dynamics of soil erosion, deposition, and yield using a coupled sediment dynamics and 3D distributed hydrologic model." Environmental Modelling & Software 83 (September 2016): 310-325.
Albertson, JD, Harvey, T, Foderaro, G, Zhu, P, Zhou, X, Ferrari, S, Amin, MS, Modrak, M, Brantley, H, and Thoma, ED. "A Mobile Sensing Approach for Regional Surveillance of Fugitive Methane Emissions in Oil and Gas Production." Environmental science & technology 50, no. 5 (March 2016): 2487-2497.
Foster-Wittig, TA, Thoma, ED, and Albertson, JD. "Estimation of point source fugitive emission rates from a single sensor time series: A conditionally-sampled Gaussian plume reconstruction." Atmospheric Environment 115 (August 2015): 101-109.
Rigby, JR, Yin, J, Albertson, JD, and Porporato, A. "Approximate Analytical Solution to Diurnal Atmospheric Boundary-Layer Growth Under Well-Watered Conditions." Boundary-Layer Meteorology 156, no. 1 (July 2015): 73-89.


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Contact Information

Box 90287
Durham, NC 27708-0287
Ciemas, Rm 2465
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., University of California at Davis (1996)