T. Nelson Caine

T. Nelson Caine

Fellow Emeritus of INSTAAR

  • Professor Emeritus of Geography



  • PhD: Australian National University, 1966

Contact Information

(Office) 303 492-5053


Geomorphology and hydrology.

Research Interests

Present-day erosional and hydrologic processes in mountain environments and in mass wasting and slope development. This includes studies of snow hydrology, streamflow generation, and sediment transport. It incorporates work on periglacial processes, mountain permafrost, and hillslope processes. Over the past 20 years, this has involved continuing work in the mountains of Colorado that is now incorporated into the Long-Term Ecological Research Program. It has also included work in the mountains of Tasmania, in central Europe, Nepal, and the Oregon Cascades.


  • G. K. Gilbert Award, AAG, 1994
  • Frost Lecturer, BGRG, 1993
  • Fellow, AAAS, 1989




Barnes, R. T., Mark Williams, Parman, J. N., Hill, K., T. Nelson Caine 2014: Thawing glacial and permafrost features contribute to nitrogen export from Green Lakes Valley, Colorado Front Range, USA. Biogeochemistry, 117(2-3): 413-430. DOI: 10.1007/s10533-013-9886-5

Leopold, M., Mark WilliamsT. Nelson Caine, Vlkel, J., Dethier, D. 2011: Internal structure of the Green Lake 5 Rock Glacier, Colorado Front Range, USA. Permafrost and Periglacial Processes, 22(2): 107 119, DOI: 10.1002/ppp.706

Rory CowieMark WilliamsT. Nelson Caine, Michel, R. 2010: Estimated residence time of two snowmelt dominated catchments, Boulder Creek Watershed, Colorado. Logan, Utah: Proceedings of the Western Snow Conference, 3-10.

Leopold, M., Voelkel, J., Dethier, D., Mark WilliamsT. Nelson Caine 2010: Mountain permafrost: a valid archive to study climate change? Examples from the Rocky Mountains Front Range of Colorado, USA. Nova Acta Leopoldina, 112(384): 281 289.

T. Nelson Caine 2010: Recent hydrologic change in a Colorado alpine basin: An indicator of permafrost thaw?. Annals of Glaciology, 51(56): 130 134.

Leopold, M., Dethier, D., Voelkel, J., Raab, T., Rikert, T. C., T. Nelson Caine 2008: Using geophysical methods to study the shallow subsurface of a sensitive alpine environment, Niwot Ridge, Colorado Front Range, USA. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research, 40(3): 519-530. DOI: 10.1657/1523-0430(06-124)[LEOPOLD]2.0.CO;2

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