This project aims to achieve a better understanding of snow depth variability in mountainous regions. We will recruit community-based observers (citizen scientists), including backcountry professionals and recreationists, to help gather snow observations.
The snowpack data gathered by citizen scientists will be used to help us better interpret satellite and airborne snow measurements collected by NASA and other agencies. We will also use these datasets to create better water runoff models. Predicting and understanding variability in water runoff is important due to effects on snow avalanche hazards, water resources, ecology, tourism, and the impacts of a changing climate.
We are a group of scientists at US federal, state and university agencies who are fascinated by snow in all its various forms. We participate in citizen-science just like you, except our day jobs are also science!