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Nolin, Anne W.

Associate Professor
Office:  120 Wilkinson Hall
Phone:  541.737.8051
Fax:      541.737.1200
Email:   nolina@geo.oregonstate.edu
Specialty: 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

Curriculum Vitae

Mountain Hydroclimatology Research Group


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


GEO 323 - Climatology
GEO 444/544 - Remote Sensing of the Environment
GEO 466/566 - Digital Image Processing
GEO 583 - Snow Hydrology
GEO 585 - Advanced Techniques in Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing
New Zealand: Cryospheric Processes and Climate Change (University of Canterbury, 2009)
Switzerland: Snow Hydrology (Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, 2010)

Recent Publications

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. Gearheard, 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 glazier 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., J. Hydrometeorol. 7, 1166-1173, 2006.

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

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, J. Stroeve, The value of multiangle measurements for retrieving structurally and radiatively consistent properties of clouds, aerosols, and surfaces, Remote Sensing of Environment, 97, 495-518, 2005.

Nolin, A.W., Towards retrieval of forest cover density over snow from 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.

J. C. Stroeve 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 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 ice caps: Applications of terrestrial optical remote sensing methods, J. Geophys. Res., 103, 25851-25864, 1998.

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

Graduate Students

Eric Sproles
Watershed-Scale Modeling of Present-Day and Future Snow Water Equivalent: McKenzie River Basin, Oregon
Jonathan Ellinger
Recent Variability and Trends in Glacier Extent on Mount Hood, Oregon and Mount Rainier, Washington

David Selkowitz
Measurement, Modeling, and Remote Sensing of Snow Cover in Areas of Heterogeneous Vegetation
Preeti Tuladhar
Comparison of MODIS Binary and Fractional Snow Cover Mapping Techniques in the Himalayan Region, Nepal
Jon Michael Bosley
Mapping Vegetation Density and Water Inundation in a Recovering Wetland: The Mesopotamian Marshlands
Robert Friedel
Development and Application of a Mathematical Transformation for MISR Data for the Study of Vegetation Change
Brooke Medley
A Method for Remotely Monitoring Glaciers with Regional Application to the Pacific Northwest
Jeff Phillippe
Current and Future Glacier Meltwater Contributions to the Upper Middle Fork Hood River
Aimee Brown
 Lauren Parker
Meteorological Conditions Associated with Rain-Related Periglacial Debris Flows on Mount Hood, Oregon and Mount Rainier, Washington
 Elizabeth Copeland
Recent Periglacial Debris Flows from Mount Rainier, Washington

Other Information

Dr. Nolin is on sabbatical until September 2010 ().