Image: Students use snow tubes to get the weight of snow in a given volume - which lets them calculate density and the amount of water equivalent to that snow density and depth (the Snow Water Equivalent or SWE). [Click image to enlarge]
This winter and spring, Matt Meadows and Erin Stacy are mentoring high school students in snow research. Six students are a part of the 2013 spring project through the educational partnership with CART (the Center for Advanced Research and Technology, in Fresno, CA).
The current 2013 spring group includes students Sergio Chairez, Chong Vue, Tristan Palmer, Trever Colver, Devan Liles and Darrel Her. They designed a research project to investigate variation in snowpack depth and density (the snow water equivalent) around trees. Variables include the 4 cardinal directions, distance from the tree trunk (inside or outside the canopy), the tree species, and the slope aspect. In addition to measurements they made in the field, students will use sensor data to assess the 2013 winter snowpack. We have made 2 trips to the Providence site to take measurements (on March 11th, and March 18th). The students are analyzing their data and will present their final research project in May.
The Spring 2013 student group from the Center for Advanced Research and Technology (CART). Six students from CART designed and exectued a research project looking at differences in snow depth and density in relation to trees (including slope aspect, cardinal direction from tree trunk and tree canopy). The students learned how to use a federal snow sampler, and to dig a snow pit for refined snow density analysis. Two trips to the CZO Providence site offered the students onsite experience with CZO staff Matt Meadows and Erin Stacy and CART teacher Steve Wilson. Students will present final work in May.