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Christopher C. Barton

Ph.D.
Department of EARTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
Wright State University
United States of America

Christopher C. Barton

Biography

Education History: Ph.D. (1983) from Yale University post-doctoral fellow at U.C. Berkeley Academics Teaching: Fall Semester: EES 4430/6430 Analysis and Prediction of Complex Natural and Human Systems, 3 Hrs EES 6990 Independent Study: Matlab Programming for Science Research, 3 Hrs. EES 6270 Seminar (Complexity); 0.5-2 Hrs EES 4280/6280: Earth and Environmental Science Colloquium, 0.5 Hr Spring Semester: EES 7100/ ES 7160 Complexity in Environmental Systems, 4 Hrs. (taught odd numbered years) EES 4210/6210 Structural Geology and Tectonics, 3 Hrs. (taught even numbered years) EES 6990 Independent Study: Matlab Programming for Science Research, 3 Hrs. EES 6270 Seminar (Complexity); 0.5-2 Hrs EES 4280/6280: Earth and Environmental Science Colloquium Dr. Barton received two master’s degrees (1976, 1977), and a Ph.D. (1983) from Yale University. He was a post-doctoral fellow at U.C. Berkeley. He was a senior research scientist and project chief the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) from 1984 until his retirement in 2004. He has twice been a USGS G.K. Gilbert Fellow at IBM with Benoit Mandelbrot, the "father of Fractals.” He is the author of more than 60 published research papers and is the senior editor of two books. He is a contributing editor to the international journal, Fractals since 1994.

Research Interest

He is a pioneer in the identification and quantification of nonlinear dynamics and complexity in earth, environmental, human, and economic systems. He uses the mathematical tools of fractals, chaos, and complexity to analyze, model, and forecast future behavior of complex systems. Current research topics include shoreline dynamics, the pattern of reversals in the Earth’s magnetic field, the temporal dynamics of stream and river discharge, and precipitation travel time through watersheds. He is an expert on risk assessment of natural hazards and petroleum assessment.

Publications

  • Genova, Ezequiel, and Barton, C.C., 2004, Global positioning system accuracy and precision at Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, Grafton County, NH: A guide to the limits of handheld GPS receivers: U.S. Geological Survey Open File Report 03-316 (CD-ROM).

  • Johnson, C.E., and Barton, C.C., 2004, Using GPS effectively in environmental field studies: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, v. 2, issue 9, p.475-482

  • Repperger, D.W.; Farris, K.A.; Barton, C.C.; Tebbens, S.F., 2009; Time series data analysis using fractional calculus concepts and fractal analysis: Systems, Man and Cybernetics, IEEE International Conference, San Antonio, TX, 11-14 Oct. 2009 p. 3311 – 3315.

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