Courtesy Appointment - University of Nevada-Reno


Mountain hydroclimatology, snow and ice in the climate system, remote sensing

Research Interests

Snow processes in mountain environments, hydroclimatology, cryosphere-climate interactions, remote sensing of snow and ice, surface energy balance modeling, radiative transfer modeling, digital image processing


BA (Major: Anthropology, Minor: Geology), Department of Anthropology, University of Arizona, 1980
MS (Major: Soil Science), Department of Soil and Water Science, University of Arizona, 1987
PhD (Major: Physical Geography), Department of Geography, University of California - Santa Barbara, 1993


Oregon State: GEO 199 - Mountain Geography, GEO 323 - Climatology, GEO 444/544 - Remote Sensing of the Environment, GEO 466/566 - Digital Image Processing, GEO 483/583 - Snow Hydrology

New Zealand: Cryospheric Processes and Climate Change (University of Canterbury, 2009)

Switzerland: Snow Hydrology (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, 2010)

Graduate Students


April: Guest presentation, Climate and climate change at the HJ Andrews: A
story of elevation & complexity, Andrews Forest Partners Meeting.

April: Article "A Slippery Slope" in OSU Terra Magazine and on OSU website profiling my group's

June: Guest presentation, Climate and climate change at the HJ Andrews, HJA

July: Guest Lecture, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program. Water
connects all: climate change, mountain hydrology, and water scarcity in a
watershed context.

Sept. 2011: Geography Fall Seminar, Oral presentation: Melting snow and
glaciers: A geographer's recent research and some insights on climate
science communication.

Oct.: Guest Lecture, GEO 320 (Man's Impact on Climate), Cryosphere and
Climate Change.


Levy, J., A. Nolin, A. Fountain, and J. Head, Hyperspectral measurements of wet, dry and saline soils from the McMurdo Dry Valleys: soil moisture properties from remote sensing, Antarctic Science, doi:10.1017/S0954102013000977, 2014.

Gleason, K. E., A. W. Nolin, and T. R. Roth. Charred forests increase snowmelt: Effects of burned woody debris and incoming solar radiation on snow ablation, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, 1-8, doi:10.1002/grl.50896, 2013.

Sproles, E., A. W. Nolin, K. Rittger, and T. Painter, Climate change impacts on maritime mountain snowpack in the Oregon Cascades, Hydrology and Earth System Science, 17, 2581-2597, 2013.

Jaeger, W.K., A.J. Plantinga, H. Chang, G. Grant, D. Hulse, J. McDonnell, H. Moradkhani A.T. Morzillo, P. Mote, A. Nolin, M. Santelmann, J. Wu. Toward a formal definition of water scarcity in natural-human systems, Water Resources Research, DOI:10.1002/wrcr.20249, 2013.

Burns, P. and A. W. Nolin, Using atmospherically corrected Landsat imagery to measure glacier area change in the Cordillera Blanca, Peru from 1987 to 2010. Remote Sensing of Environment, 140, 165-178, 2013.

Nolin, A. W., E. Sproles, and A. Brown, Climate Change Impacts on Snow and Water Resources in the Columbia, Willamette, and McKenzie River Basins, USA: A Nested Watershed Study. In: Transboundary Governance in the Face of Uncertainty: The Columbia River Treaty, B. Cosens (Ed.), Oregon State University Press, 2012.

Lancaster, S. T., A. W. Nolin, E. A. Copeland and G. E. Grant. Periglacial debris flow hazard determined from satellite imagery, airborne LiDAR and ground-based mapping, Geosphere,8, 417-430, doi: 10.1130/GES00713.1, 2012.

Nolin, A. W. Perspectives on climate change, mountain hydrology and water resources in the Oregon Cascades, USA, Mountain Research and Development, 32(S1), 35-46,2012.

Chopping, M. J., C. B. Schaaf, F. Zhao, Z. Wang, A. W. Nolin, G. Moisen, J. V. Martonchik, M. Bull, Forest structure and aboveground biomass in the southwestern United States from MODIS and MISR, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2010.08.031,2011.

Nolin, A. W., Recent advances in remote sensing of seasonal snow, Journal of Glaciology, 56(200), 1141-1150, 2010.

Nolin, A. W., Review of "Principles of Snow Hydrology" by Davide DeWalle and Albert Rango, Bulletin of the American Meteorological Association, 91(9), 1267-1269, 2010.

Nolin, A. W., J. Phillippe, S. L. Lewis, and A. Jefferson, Present-day and Future Contributions of Glacier Runoff to Summertime Flows in a Pacific Northwest Watershed: Implications for Water Resources, Water Resources Research, 46, W12509, doi:10.1029/2009WR008968, 2010.

Chopping, M. J., A. W. Nolin, G. G. Moisen, J. V. Martonchik, and M. Bull, Forest Canopy Height from the Multiangle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) Assessed with High Resolution Discrete Return Lidar, Remote Sensing of Environment, 113, 2172-2185, 2009.

Dozier, J., R. O. Green, A. W. Nolin, and T. H. Painter, Interpretation of snow properties from imaging spectrometry, Remote Sensing of Environment, doi:10.1016/j.rse.2007.07.029, 2009.

Jefferson, A., A. W. Nolin, S. Lewis, and C. Tague, Hydrogeologic controls on streamflow sensitivity to climate variability, Hydrological Processes, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.7041, 2008.

Barry, R. G., R. Armstrong, J. Cherry, S. Gearhead, A. Nolin, D. Russell, and Christoph Zockler, Chapter 4: Snow in Global Outlook for Ice & Snow, United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP Job No. DEQ/0924/NA, UNEP/GRID, Arendal, Norway, 2007.

Nolin, A. W. and M. Payne, Classification of glacier zones in western Greenland using albedo and surface roughness from the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), Remote Sensing of Environment, 107, 264-275, 2007.

Nolin, A. W. and C. Daly, Mapping "at-risk" snow in the Pacific Northwest, U. S. A., Journal of Hydrometeorology. 7, 1166-1173, 2006.

Nolin, A. W. and E. Hall-McKim, Characteristic frequencies of monsoon precipitation in Arizona and New Mexico, Monthly Weather Review, 12, 3774-3781, 2006.

Schmalenberg, J., A. Nolin and J. McDonnell, Wildfire effects on snow accumulation and ablation in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon, Proc. Western Snow Conference, 2006.

Diner, D. J., B. H. Braswell, R. Davies, N. Gobron, J. Hu, Y. Jin, R. A. Kahn, Y. Knyazikhin, N. Loeb, J-P.Muller, A. W. Nolin, B. Pinty, C. B. Schaaf, G. Seiz, and J. Stroeve, The value of multiangle measurements for retrieving structurally and radiatively consistent properties of clouds, aerosols, and surfaces, Remote Sens. Environ., 97, 495-518, 2005.

Stroeve, J., Box, J., Gao, F., Liang, S., Nolin, A., Schaaf C., Accuracy assessment of the MODIS 16-day albedo product for snow: Comparisons with Greenland in situ measurements. Remote Sensing of the Environment, 94, 46-60, 2005.

Nolin, A. W., Towards retrieval of forest cover density over snow using the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR), Hydrological Processes, 18, 3623-3636, 2004.

Marshall, S., R. J Oglesby and A. W. Nolin, The predictability of winter snow cover over the western United States, J. Climate, 16, 1062-1073, 2003.

Nolin, A. W., F. M. Fetterer, and T. A. Scambos, Surface roughness characterizations of sea ice and ice sheets: Case studies with MISR data, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 40, 1605-1615, 2002.

Stroeve, J. C. and A. W. Nolin, Comparison of snow albedo from MISR with ground-based observations on the Greenland ice sheet, IEEE Trans. Geosci. Remote Sens., 40, 1616-1625, 2002.

Nolin, A. W. and A. Frei, Remote Sensing of Snow and Snow Albedo Characterization for Climate Simulations, In: Beniston, M. and M. M. Verstraete (Eds.), Remote Sensing and Climate Simulations: Synergies and Limitations, Advances in Global Change Research, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht and Boston, pp. 159-180, 2001.

Barrett, A., G. Leavesley, R. L. Viger, A. W. Nolin, and M. P. Clark, A comparison of satellite- and model-derived snow covered area of a mountain watershed, In M. Owe, K. Brubaker, J. Ritchie and A. Rango (Eds.), Remote Sensing and Hydrology 2000, IAHS Publ. no. 267, 87-92, 2001.

Marshall, S., R. J Oglesby and A. W. Nolin, Effect of western U.S. snow cover on climate, Annals of Glaciology, 32, 82-86, 2001.

Nolin, A. W. and J. Dozier, A hyperspectral method for remotely sensing the grain size of snow, Remote Sensing of Environment, 74, 207-216, 2000.

Nolin, A. W. and S. Liang, Progress in bidirectional reflectance modeling and applications for surface particulate media: Snow and soils, Remote Sensing Reviews, 18, 307-342, S. Liang and A.H. Strahler (Eds.) Land Surface Bidirectional Reflectance Distribution Function (BRDF): Recent Advances and Future Prospects, 2000.

Diner, D. J., G. P. Asner, R. Davies, J-P. Muller, A. W. Nolin, B. Pinty, C. B. Schaaf, and J. Stroeve, New directions in Earth observing: Scientific applications of multi-angle remote sensing, Bull. Am. Meteorol. Soc., 80, 2209-2228, 1999.

Nolin, A. W., Mapping the Martian polar caps: Applications of terrestrial optical remote sensing methods, Journal of Geophysical Research, 103, 25851-25864, 1998.

Nolin, A. W. and J. Stroeve, The changing albedo of the Greenland ice sheet: Implications for climate modeling, Annals of Glaciology, 25, 51-57, 1997.

Stroeve, J., A. Nolin, and K. Steffen, Comparison of AVHRR-derived and in situ surface albedo over the Greenland Ice Sheet, Remote Sensing of Environment, 62, 262-276, 1997.

Nolin, A. W. and J. Dozier, Estimating snow grain size using AVIRIS data, Remote Sens. Environ., 44, 231-238, 1993.

Nolin, A. W., J. Dozier, and L. A. K. Mertes, Mapping alpine snow using a spectral mixture modeling technique, Annals of Glaciology, 17, 121-124, 1993.

Davis, R. E., A. W. Nolin, R. Jordan, and J. Dozier, Forecasting temporal changes of the spectral signature of snow in visible and near-infrared wavelengths, Annals of Glaciology, 17, 143-148, 1993.