OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Snow Studies

Panoramic of group working in the snowWinter 2014

We are quantifying the connection between the atmosphere and the snowpack via pressure fluctuations at the snow-atmosphere interface.  This connection is responsible for gas advection through the snow and influences snow ablation (melting and sublimation). Our new measurements challenge traditional theories, and show a much deeper connection than originally postulated.

Two people in the snow checking equipment

Man sitting on a chair in the snow working on resarch equipment

Person working on research equipment on a pole in the snow

Person setting up research equpment in the snow

Research equipment set up in the snow in the woods

Student installing equipment in a hole in the snow

Person taking notes while data checking a piece of equipemnt in the snow