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Molotch, Noah P.


Noah P. Molotch

PhD, University of Arizona, 2004
MS, University of California, Santa Barbara, 200
BA, University of Colorado, Boulder, 1997
Office: 303-492-6151



Surface water and snow hydrology, remote sensing, ecohydrology

Disciplines: Hydrology




Combining Ground Penetrating Radar with Terrestrial LiDAR Scanning to Estimate the Spatial Distribution of Liquid Water Content in Seasonal Snowpacks.

Webb, R.W., Jennings, K.S., Fend, M., Molotch, N.P., Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1029/2018WR022680,


Observations and simulations of the seasonal evolution of snowpack cold content and its relation to snowmelt and the snowpack energy budget.

Jennings, K.S., Kittel, T.G.F., Molotch, N.P., The Cryosphere; Katlenburg-Lindau, 12, 1595-1614, DOI:,


Snowmelt-Driven Trade-Offs Between Early and Late Season Productivity Negatively Impact Forest Carbon Uptake During Drought.

Knowles, J.F., Molotch, N.P., Trujillo, E., Litvak, M.E., Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 7, 3087-3096, DOI: 10.1002/2017GL076504,


Topographic heterogeneity explains patterns of vegetation response to climate change (1972–2008) across a mountain landscape, Niwot Ridge, Colorado.

Bueno de Mesquita, C.P., Tillmann, L.S., Bernard, C.D., Rosemond, K.C., Molotch, N.P., Suding, K.N., Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 50, 1, e1504492, DOI: 10.1080/15230430.2018.1504492,


On the use of a snow aridity index to predict remotely sensed forest productivity in the presence of bark beetle disturbance.

Knowles, J.F., Lestak, L.R., Molotch, N.P., Wiley Online Library, Water Resources Research, 4891-4906, DOI: 10.1002/2016WR019887,


Sources of streamflow along a headwater catchment elevational gradient.

Cowie, R.M., Knowles, J.F, Dailey, K.R., Williams, M.W., Mills, T.J., Molotch, N.P., Journal of Hydrology, 549, 163-178, URL:


Summer and winter drought drive the initiation and spread of spruce beetle outbreak.

Hart, S.J., Veblen, T.T., Schneider, D., Molotch, N.P., Ecology, DOI: 10.1002/ecy.1963,


Earlier snowmelt reduces atmospheric carbon uptake in midlatitude subalpine forests.

Winchell, TS, Barnard, DM, Monson, RK, Burns, SP, Molotch, MP, AGU-Geophysical Research Letters, 8160-8168, DOI: 10.1002/2016GL069769,


Measuring spatiotemporal variation in snow optical grain size under a subalpine forest canopy using contact spectroscopy.

Molotch, NP, Barnard, DM, Burns, SP, AGU-Water Resources Research, 52, 7513–7522, DOI: 10.1002/2016WR018954,


Snowpack-climate manipulation using infrared heaters in subalpine forests of the Southern Rocky Mountains, USA.

Meromy, Leah, Molotch, Noah P., Williams, Mark W., Musselman, Keith N., Kueppers, Lara M., Agricultural and forest meteorology, 203, 142-157, DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2014.12.015,


Catchment response to bark beetle outbreak and dust-on-snow in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.

Livneh, B., Deems, J. S., Buma, B., Barsugli, Joseph J., Schneider, D., Molotch, N. P., Wolter, K., Wessman, C. A., Journal of Hydrology, 523, 196-210, DOI: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.01.039,


Soil moisture response to snowmelt timing in mixed-conifer subalpine forests.

Harpold, A. A., Molotch, N. P., Musselman, K. N., Bales, R. C., Kirchner, P. B., Litvak, M., Brooks, P. D., Hydrological Processes, 29, 12, 2782-2798, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.10400,


Quantifying the effects of vegetation structure on snow accumulation and ablation in mixed-conifer forests.

Broxton, P. D., Harpold, A. A., Biederman, J. A., Troch, P. A., Molotch, N. P., Brooks, P. D., Ecohydrology, 8, 6, 1073-1094, DOI: 10.1002/eco.1565,


Filling in the gaps: inferring spatially distributed precipitation from gauge observations over complex terrain.

Livneh, B., Deems, J.S., Schneider, D., Barsugli, J., Molotch, N.P., Water Resources Research, DOI: 10.1002/2014WR015442,


Relationships between stream nitrate concentration and spatially distributed snowmelt in high-elevation catchments of the western U.S..

Perrot, D., Molotch, N.P., Williams, M.W., Jepsen, S.M., Sickman, J.O., Water Resources Research, 50, DOI: 10.1002/2013WR015243,


Modelling the effects of the mountain pine beetle on snowmelt in a subalpine forest.

Perrot, D., Molotch, N.P., Musselman, K.N., Pugh, E.T., Ecohydrology, 7, 2, 226-241, DOI: 10.1002/eco.1329,

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1637686. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necesarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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