Eric Anderson

Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering

eric-anderson Eric AndersonDr. Eric Anderson is an Associate Professor in Civil & Environmental Engineering and the Hydrologic Science and Engineering Program at the Colorado School of Mines. His research focuses on the interactions between the hydrosphere, cryosphere, and atmosphere, wherein he uses numerical modeling to study Earth’s largest lakes and rivers, extreme storms (meteotsunamis), coastal flooding, lake-effect precipitation, and the impacts on the ecosystem. Formerly, he was a physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory (GLERL), where he developed real-time hydrodynamic-ice forecast systems for lakes and rivers to support navigation, spill response, search and rescue operations, drinking water safety, and numerical weather prediction.


Coolbaugh Hall 310B

Labs and Research Centers


  • PhD, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2007
  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, Case Western Reserve University, 2004

Selected Publications

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Honors, Awards, and Recognitions

  • U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, For improving lake-effect snow and ice forecasts through rapid transition of an innovative coupling of weather and coastal hydrodynamic models – 2021
  • National Academy of Sciences, Kavli Fellow – 2020
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) – 2019
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, For development of an operational hydrologic forecast system for the Niagara River for hydropower and water resource management – 2019
  • Best Paper, Journal of Marine Science and Engineering – “Ice forecasting in the next-generation Great Lakes Operational Forecast System (GLOFS)”, 2018
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, For successfully developing and transitioning the next-generation Lake Erie Operational Forecast System into NOAA operations – 2017
  • U.S. Department of Commerce Bronze Medal Award, For response activities for the Lake Erie harmful algal bloom that impacted drinking water supplies in Ohio and Michigan – 2016