Assistant Professor Eric Sproles

Contact Information:

Office:  TRAP 200
Phone:   406-994-6917


Ph.D., Oregon State University, Water Resources Science
M.S., University of Oregon, Physical Geography
B.A., Florida State University, Latin American Studies

Office Hours:

Fall 2018: By Appointment

Based in Montana, with a backpack ready for the world!

From the molecular to the global scale, I integrate GIScience and remote sensing with field-based measurements, stable isotopic tracers, and models to better understand the geospatial and climatic controls on the world’s water resources. My efforts focus primarily on snow, and span the climates and cultures of the western United States and South America. I have been fortunate to develop bilingual collaborations across disciplines to address complex socio-environmental questions related to water resources.


Snow and Avalanche Research Group

Graduate Students:

I am not currently accepting applications for Master’s and Doctoral students for fall 2019.

Selected Publications:

Sproles, E. A., Crumley, R. L., Nolin, A. W., Mar, E., & Lopez Moreno, J. I. (2018). SnowCloudHydro—A New Framework for Forecasting Streamflow in Snowy, Data-Scarce Regions. Remote Sensing, 10(8).

Sproles, E. A., Roth, T. R., & Nolin, A. W. (2017). Future snow? A spatial-probabilistic assessment of the extraordinarily low snowpacks of 2014 and 2015 in the Oregon Cascades. Cryosphere, 11(1), 331–341.

De Stefano, L., Petersen-Perlman, J. D., Sproles, E. A., Eynard, J., & Wolf, A. T. (2017). Assessment of transboundary river basins for potential hydro-political tensions. Global Environmental Change, 45.

López-Moreno, J. I., Gascoin, S., Herrero, J., Sproles, E. A., Pons, M., Alonso-González, E., et al. (2017). Different sensitivities of snowpacks to warming in Mediterranean climate mountain areas. Environmental Research Letters, 12(7).

Sproles, E. A., Kerr, T., Orrego Nelson, C., & Lopez Aspe, D. (2016). Developing a Snowmelt Forecast Model in the Absence of Field Data. Water Resources Management, 30(7), 2581–2590.

Sproles, E. A., Leibowitz, S. G., Reager, J. T., Wigington, P. J., Famiglietti, J. S., & Patil, S. D. (2015). GRACE storage-runoff hystereses reveal the dynamics of regional watersheds. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 19(7).

Reager, J. T., Thomas, A. C., Sproles, E. A., Rodell, M., Beaudoing, H. K., Li, B., & Famiglietti, J. S. (2015). Assimilation of GRACE terrestrial water storage observations into a land surface model for the assessment of regional flood potential. Remote Sensing, 7(11).

Bone, C., Johnson, B., Nielsen-Pincus, M., Sproles, E.A., & Bolte, J. (2014). A Temporal Variant-Invariant Validation Approach for Agent-based Models of Landscape Dynamics. Transactions in GIS, 18(2).

Sproles, E. A., Nolin, A. W., Rittger, K., & Painter, T. H. (2013). Climate change impacts on maritime mountain snowpack in the Oregon Cascades. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 17(7), 2581–2597.