Jackson, Wyoming, United States
My name is James Molloy and I live in Jackson, WY. Currently I’m playing hard in the mountains procrastinating a graduate studies in geosciences/water resources. I’m passionate about lines through tight trees, setting hooks, and exploring far off the beaten path. An endless curiosity of how ecosystems are connected helps bring some spice to outdoor recreation. A deeper understanding of our playgrounds can’t hurt ay?
Why did you join the Community Snow Observations project last winter?
I joined looking with interest in getting involved in hydrological research. I’ve always been interested in how people react to science. Recording snow observations also helps me slow down and pay attention to the snowpack.
What does the term Citizen Science mean to you?
Citizen Science means the community is aware and interested in efforts to further understand our environment.
What is your experience/background in snow science?
Every spring I am a student of how snowmelt impacts river conditions, but when it comes to snowpack morphology I’m merely a young buck coming up in the game. This winter is an exceptional time to learn about avalanche danger and snow science in this part of the world. Forecasting avalanche danger and identifying safe terrain is both interesting and important in the backcountry. I’m really enjoying my trip up the learning curve.
Why should more people join Community Snow Observations this winter?
Participating is easy, improves your understanding of the snowpack, and helps CSO provide more accurate data for water resource and fisheries management. The Jackson Hole/Greater Yellowstone region is home to the headwaters of several continental rivers. CSO’s model could become a great resource for our rivers