Bellingham, Washington, United States
My name is Liza and I live in Bellingham, WA.
For a living, I am a graduate student at Western Washington University. I am researching the potential for using aerial photography + computer software (Structure-from-Motion) to quantify glacier mass balance on Mount Baker! I am passionate about mountains, the interconnectedness of the natural world, conservation, place-based learning, and seizing the things that give me wings! I think it is important to find ways to connect with both people and with places (and to connect people WITH places, too)
Why did you join the Community Snow Observations project last winter?
Understanding a snowpack is such a cool way to understand local weather as well as global climate…and this project is an awesome way to merge recreation and science. I’m excited to contribute my own data and also to encourage people to create a little time and space (in the midst of powder glee) to be curious and make observations.
What does the term Citizen Science mean to you?
Encouraging everyone to be a scientist.
What is your experience/background in snow science?
My interest in snow science grew from my love for backcountry skiing and my interest in understanding the world through a scientific lens. Becoming literate in the puzzles of a snowpack in order to ski through fluffy powder has been such a great and enriching intersection of my passions!
Why should more people join Community Snow Observations this winter?
You can easily contribute to a growing body of scientific knowledge which has the potential to enhance understanding of our changing snow-packs (and the downstream implications of these changes).