Dr. Robert Rice


Ph.D., University of Utah

M.S., University of Utah

B.A., Hobart College

Current Position: 
Project Scientist, Sierra Nevada Research Institute
Research Interests: 
  • Snow science
  • Mountain hydrology
  • Water resources
  • Sensor networks
  • Remote sensing
  • Climate change

Decker, R., N. Jensen, R. Rice, 1997. Automated snow avalanche hazard reduction.International Conference on Debris - Flow Hazard Mitigation: Mechanics, Prediction and Assessment, 1997, published by ASCE, 530-539.

Rice, R., R. Decker, N. Jensen, R. Patterson, S, Singer, 2000. Rural intelligent transportation system for snow avalanche detection and warning. Transportation Research Record, 1700:17-23.

Rice, R., R. Decker, N. Jensen, R. Patterson, S. Singer, S. Sullivan, L. Wells, 2002. Avalanche hazard reduction for transportation corridors using real-time detection and alarms, Cold Regions Science and Technology, 34:31-42
Decker, R., R. Rice, S. Putnam, S. Singer, 2003. Rural ITS natural hazard management on low volume roads, Transportation Research Record, 1(1819):255-259.

Rice, R., R. Decker, 2004. Modeling waves, and short lived peak velocities and impact loads associated with snow avalanches, Cold Regions Science and Technology, 41: 221-233.

Bales, R.C., N. Molotch, T.H. Painter., R. Rice, J. Dozier, M. Dettinger, 2006. Mountain Hydrology of the semi-arid western United States, Water Resources Research, 42, W08432,doi:10.1029/2005WR004387.

Rice, R. and Roger C. Bales, Embedded sensor network design for snow cover measurements around snow pillow and snow course sites in the Sierra Nevada of California, Water Resources Research,VOL. 46, W03537, doi:10.1029/2008WR007318, 2010

Rice, R., Bales, R.C., Painter, T.H., J. Dozier, Snow cover along elevation gradients in the upper Merced and Tuolumne river basins of the Sierra Nevada. Wat. Resour. Res., 47, W08515, doi:10.1029/2010WR009278, 2011.

Meromy, L., N.P. Moloctch, T.E. Link, S.R. Fassnacht, R. Rice, 2012, Subgrid variability of snow water equivalent at operational snow stations in the western United States, Hydrol. Processes, doi: 10.1002/hyp

University of Utah, Department of Civil Engineering Departmental Scholarship, (September 1995-June 1996)
NASA/Langley Research Center. Graduate Research Assistant Low Speed Aerodynamics Computational Fluid Dynamics Lab. (June-September 1994)