Valdez, Alaska, United States
My name is Sarah Carter and I live in Valdez, Alaska.
For a living, I teach in Valdez City Schools, instruct for Alaska Avalanche Information Center, and forecast for Valdez Avalanche Center. I am passionate about finding our sense of place – contributing to the social and ecological landscapes we live in.
I think it is important to connect people and their environment. Every day, I try to remind myself about reflecting on the good – take a deep breath and ask, “What good happened today? Did I make something good today?”
I love snow, mountains, and ocean. And my family!
Why did you join the Community Snow Observations project last winter?
I believe collaboration improves community ties.
What does the term Citizen Science mean to you?
Taking an inquiry-based approached to the world around us.
What is your experience/background in snow science?
Working in the ski patrol/snow safety/avalanche industry led me to realize every time you learn something about snow, there are five more questions that arise. Observing snow and sharing those observations with others enables collective recognition of patterns across time and space.
Why should more people join Community Snow Observations this winter?
It’s fun. It motivates you to get out. It is a wonderful way to contribute to your community.