University of Wisconsin–Madison

Jim Burt

Professor Emeritus of Geography


Ph.D., Geography, UCLA, 1980

Research Areas

Physical geography, Climatology, Quantitative methods, and Geovisualization

Courses Taught

Geography 120: Global Physical Environments
Geography 127: Physical Systems of the Environment
Geography 321: Climatology
Geography 360: Quantitative Methods in Geographical Analysis
Geography 560: Advanced Quantitative Methods
Geography 575: Advanced Computer Cartography

Recent Publications

Quinn, T., A-X Zhu, and J.E. Burt 2005: "Effects of detailed soil information on watershed modeling across different models scales." International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 7, 324-338.

Li, W., C. Zhang, J.E. Burt, and A-X. Zhu, 2005:, "A Markov chain-based probability vector approach for modeling spatial uncertainties of soil classes." Soil Science Society of America Journal, 69, 1931-1942.

Burt, J.E.
, A-X Zhu, M. Harrower, 2005. "Depicting fuzzy soil class uncertainty using perception-based color models," Proceedings of the 11th World Congress of International Fuzzy Systems Association (IFSA2005): Fuzzy Logic, Soft Computing and Computational Intelligence, July 28-31, 2005, Beijing, China, pp. 112-117.

X. Shi, A-X Zhu, J.E. Burt, F. Qi, and D. Simonson, 2004: "A case-based reasoning approach to fuzzy soil mapping," Soil Science Society of America Journal, 68, 885-894.

W. Li, C. Zhang, J.E. Burt, A-X Zhu, and J. Feyen, 2004: "Two-dimensional Markov chain for simulating spatial distribution of soil types," Soil Science Society of America Journal, 68, 1479-1490.

Zhu, A-X, Hudson B, Burt, J.E., Lubich K, Simonson D., 2001: "Soil mapping using GIS, expert knowledge, and fuzzy logic." Soil Science Society of American Journal 65 (5): 1463-1472.

Understanding Weather and Climate, 3rd edition. E. Aguado and J.E. Burt. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2004. Elementary Statistics for Geographers, 2nd edition. J. E. Burt and G. Barber. New York: Guilford Press, 1996.

Other Activities

Co-principal investigator for SoLIM (Soil Land Inference Model) for soil mapping based on recent developments in geographic information science (GISc), artificial intelligence (AI), and information representation theory.

Contact Information


Mailing Address:

Department of Geography
University of Wisconsin-Madison Room
425 Science Hall
550 North Park Street
Madison, Wisconsin 53706-1404 USA