Students cross a meadow on their way to the sampling site, 11 March 2013. Much of the snow in this meadow had melted by just a week later.
CART students and teachers on their first trip to the field, 11 March, 2013 (L to R): Trever Colver, Sergio Chairez, CZO staff Matt Meadows, CART teacher Steve Wilson, Chong Vue, Tristan Palmer, Darrel Her, and Devan Liles.
Matt Meadows, Chong Vue and Sergio Chairez pause for a picture while weighing a snowtube.
On March 11th, the snow was deep enough at some points to need an extension on the snow tube (about 1 m snow depth shown here, on the shaded south side of a meadow).
Sergio and Devan squeeze under branches to reach a sampling point.
CART students on their second trip to the field, 18 March, 2013 (L to R): Devan Liles, Sergio Chairez, Tristan Palmer, Darrel Her, and Trever Colver.
CZO staff Matt Meadows points out the ice layers revealed in the snow pit. After a week of warm weather, snow was melting quickly.
Three of the CART students take a sample from the exposed face of the snow pit with a metal wedge in order to quantify snow density in a certain layer.
The 2013 project was designed to measure the distribution and snow water equivalent of snowpack around the trees. Darrel and Devan wait as Tristan takes a snow sample on the west side of the tree. Snow was very patchy and shallow in comparison to just a week before.
Trever watches as Darrel (middle, black hat) and Tristan (right, striped sweater) weigh the snow in the snow tube.
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.