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ACES Wild Perspectives: Mapping Mountain Snowpacks
March 3, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join ACES for our brand new winter speaker series, Wild Perspectives! From January through March, this free speaker series takes place every Tuesday evening at 6 p.m. at The Collective in Snowmass’ Base Village, providing an opportunity for community-building and storytelling that engages Aspen and Snowmass locals and visitors alike.
Mapping Mountain Snowpacks | 6 p.m. March 3 | Presented by Dr. Jeff Deems
Mountain snow is the source of the great majority of our water supply in the western U.S. Water management currently relies on measurements at a small number of point locations or manual surveys, providing only a limited snapshot of snow conditions and preventing adaptation of forecasts and water management to changing snow conditions. A new technology is being applied: the Airborne Snow Observatory’s airborne laser scanner can map snow across the entire watershed, ushering in the next generation of water management. This presentation will introduce this new airborne science capability by showcasing high-resolution snow data from local and regional watersheds.
Dr. Deems was drawn to snow science through his love of backcountry skiing. His research interests include observing and investigating the dynamics of mountain snowpacks, snowmelt, and avalanches through field research, remote sensing, and computer modeling.