Anne Nolin, PhD

Professor and Director, Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences
Anne Nolin

Contact Information


  • University of California - Santa Barbara, 1993
  • University of Arizona, 1987
  • University of Arizona, 1984


Dr. Anne Nolin is a Professor in the Geography Department at the University of Nevada - Reno. Dr. Nolin serves as the Director of the Graduate Program of Hydrologic Sciences. Her research focuses on the interactions of climate with mountain snowpacks and glaciers, and mountains as social-ecological systems. Funded by NASA, NSF, and USGS she has published on "at risk" snow, ice sheet albedo and surface characteristics, melting glaciers from Alaska to the Andes, and new ways of mapping snow and glaciers from space. Nolin has three decades of experience in remote sensing, field measurements, and modeling of changing snow and ice. She is a recognized leader in snow remote sensing and pioneered the development of snow and ice mapping techniques to augment in situ observations and modeling. In addition to fieldwork in California, Colorado, Oregon, and Alaska, she has spent multiple field seasons in Greenland and performed remote sensing analysis over entire United States, the Canadian Rockies, the Peruvian Andes, and planet Mars. Since 1997, she has been a member of the NASA Multi-Angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) Science Team serving as liaison to the cryosphere community and publishing on ice sheet surface roughness using multiangular remote sensing. She served as vice chair of the Water Resources and Global Hydrologic Cycle panel for the 2007 Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey and subsequently on the National Academy of Sciences Space Studies Board-Committee on Earth Sciences. She currently serves on the NASA Advisory Council-Earth Science Subcommittee. Nolin was elected and served three years as the chair of the Cryosphere Focus Group of the American Geophysical Union (AGU). Subsequently, she chaired the AGU Climate Communication Prize committee for 2 years. She serves on several steering committees including the NSF Research Coordination Network for High-Performance Distributed Computing in the Polar Sciences, the Mountain Research Initiative, and the National Snow and Ice Data Center. Nolin is a founding member of the International Snow Working Group for Remote Sensing, serving on the Executive Committee.

Research Interests

Climate science, Hydrology, Remote sensing, Snow, Surface water hydrology, Watershed processes,


  • Sproles, E. A. and A. W. Nolin. SnowCloudHydro-A new framework for forecasting streamflow in data scarce regions. Remote Sensing,, 2018.
  • Mahoney, P. J., G. E. Liston, S. LaPoint, E. Gurarie, A. G. Wells, T. J. Brinkman, J. U. H. Eitel, M. Hebblewhite, A. W. Nolin, N. Boelman, L. R. Prugh, Navigating snowscapes: scale-dependent responses of mountain sheep to snowpack properties, Ecological Applications,, 2018.
  • Van de Kerk, M.; Verbyla, D.; Nolin, A.; Sivy, K.; Prugh, L., Adverse effects of snow cover on Dall sheep population dynamics amplify with latitude, Environmental Research Letters,, 2018.
  • Ratcliff, C. J., S. L. Voelker, and A. W. Nolin. Tree-ring carbon isotope records from the western Oregon Cascade Mountains primarily record summer maximum temperatures, Tree-ring Research,, 2018.
  • Sivy, K., A. W. Nolin, C. L. Cosgrove, and L. R. Prugh. 2018. Critical snow density threshold for Dall sheep (Ovis dalli dalli) Canadian Journal of Zoology,, 2018.
  • Jaeger, W. K., A. Amos, D. P. Bigelow, H. Chang, D. Conklin, R. Haggerty, C. Langpap, K. Moore, P. Mote, A. Nolin, A. J. Plantinga, C. Schwartz, D. Tullos, and D. Turner. Finding water scarcity amid abundance using human-natural system models, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,, 2017.
  • Roth, T. R. and A. W. Nolin, Forest impacts on snow accumulation and ablation across an elevation gradient in a temperate montane environment. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 5427-5442, https://doi:10.5194/hess-2016-529, 2017.
  • Dickerson-Lange, S. E., R. F. Gersonde, J. A. Hubbart, T. E. Link, A. W. Nolin, G. H. Perry, T. R. Roth, N. E. Wayand, and J. D. Lundquist. Snow disappearance timing is dominated by forest effects on snow accumulation in warm winter climates of the Pacific Northwest, USA, Hydrological Processes,, 2017.
  • Boisvert, L. N., J. N. Lee, J. T. M. Lenaerts, B. Noël, M. R. van den Broeke, and A. W. Nolin. Using remotely sensed data from AIRS to estimate the vapor flux on the Greenland Ice Sheet: comparisons with observations and a regional climate model, Journal of Geophysical Research-Atmospheres,, 2017.
  • Sproles, E. A., T. R. Roth, and A. W. Nolin. Future Snow? A spatial-probabilistic assessment of the extraordinarily low snowpacks of 2014 and 2015 in the Oregon Cascades, The Cryosphere, 11, 331-341,, 2017.
  • Gleason, K. E., A. W. Nolin, and T. R. Roth. Developing a representative snow monitoring network in a forested mountain watershed. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 21, 1137-1147, https://doi:10.5194/hess-21-1137-2017, 2017.
  • Carey, M., O. C. Molden, M. B. Rasmussen, M Jackson, A. W. Nolin, B. G. Mark. Impacts of glacier recession and declining meltwater on mountain societies. Annals of the Association of American Geographers, 107:2, 350-359, https://doi:10.1080/24694452.2016.1243039