Noah P. Molotch

Director, Center for Water Earth Science & Technology (CWEST)

  • Associate Professor of Geography

Departments

Education

  • PhD: Hydrology and Water Resources, University of Arizona, 2004
  • MS: Environmental Science and Management, University of California, Santa Barbara, 2000
  • BA: University of Colorado Boulder, 1997

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-6151

Specialty

Surface water and snow hydrology; remote sensing; ecohydrology.

Research Interests

My research and teaching interests are focused on the processes controlling hydrologic fluxes in semi-arid regions. My research projects utilize ground-based observations, remote sensing, and computational modeling to obtain comprehensive understanding of hydrological processes; in particular the distribution of snowmelt, soil moisture and streamflow. Additional projects aim at developing techniques for scaling hydrological processes and for designing ground-based observation networks tailored for integration with remote sensing and modeling. Studies relating fluxes of water, carbon, and nitrogen are also a focus of my current projects - in particular the feedbacks between water availability and carbon cycling in montane forests.

Research

Publications

FeaturedPublications

Huerta, M. L., Noah P. Molotch, McPhee, J. 2019: Snowfall interception in a deciduous Nothofagus forest and implications for spatial snowpack distribution. Hydrological Processes, 33(13): 1818-1834. DOI: 10.1002/hyp.13439

Jepsen, S. M., Harmon, T. C., Ficklin, D. L., Noah P. Molotch, Guan, B. 2018: Evapotranspiration sensitivity to air temperature across a snow-influenced watershed: Space-for-time substitution versus integrated watershed modeling. Journal of Hydrology, 556: 645-659. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2017.11.042

Driscoll, J. M., Meixner, T., Noah P. Molotch, Ferre, T. P. A., Mark Williams, Sickman, J. O. 2018: Event-response ellipses: A method to quantify and compare the role of dynamic storage at the catchment scale in snowmelt-dominated systems. Water, 10(12): 1824-1841. DOI: 10.3390/w10121824

Zheng, Z., Noah P. Molotch, Oroza, C. A., Conklin, M. H., Bales, R. C. 2018: Spatial snow water equivalent estimation for mountainous areas using wireless-sensor networks and remote-sensing products. Remote Sensing of Environment, 215: 44-56. DOI: 10.1016/j.rse.2018.05.029

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Academics

Courses

Current Courses

  • ENVS/GEOG 4201: Biometeorology
  • GEOG 1001: Climate & Vegetation
  • GEOG/GEOL 4093/5093: Remote Sensing of Environment

Past Courses

  • GEOG 5241: Topics in Physical Geography: Advanced Methods in Snow Measurement

Outreach