Seasonal snow plays a huge role in water availability for drinking, agriculture and hydropower, and provides a lifeline to one-sixth of the world’s population (about 1.2 billion people).
To deploy heavy and bulk scientific equipment to the field and especially over long distances, transportation is required (e.g. sled, snowmobile, truck, van, or trailer).
Snow albedo, grain size, and temperature are important factors for evaluating the surface energy balance. However, it is time consuming and difficult to use traditional measurement methods.
Snow & Vegetation
The presence of vegetation causes important uncertainties in the estimates of snow properties such as snow water equivalent. Vegetation attenuates snow emission and adds its own contribution to the measured emitted radiation.
Fresh snow is invigorating and exciting and no wonder why some pets tend to love the snow! In snow ecology, we study the complex ways that living things interact with their environment.
Snow accumulating over time is the principal source of glacial ice mass. The Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets represent vast stores of freshwater that are intermittently released to the global ocean.