Nasa SnowEx at Bogus Basin

Nasa SnowEx at Bogus Basin

(upbeat music) (swoosh) – The goal of Nasa SnowEx is
to get an idea of how our snow is behaving in different
places around the western U.S. And to ultimately find and test methods to better understand the
water content of that snow. Boise State is supporting
Nasa SnowEx out here up at Bogus Basin today by
taking ground measurements. So we have a LiDAR flight
that is happening today. So we try and get out here
within, either on the same day or within a day on either
side of when the flight occurs so that we can capture the
conditions on the ground exactly as they are so that
we can directly compare them with the data that’s being
captured from the air. (shoveling) Today we’re up here at Bogus Basin. We’re gonna be diging a snow pit. We dig into the snow all
the way down to the surface and once we have that done, we
take some samples of the snow and we look at the snow density. So that tells us the amount
of water that’s in the snow. – [Isis] 62 milimeters. – We also kinda go around
our site and do some depth measurements just to see,
you know, under the trees, out in the open, how’s the snow depth varying around our site. – [Man] 136! – Then we’ll also take some
things like temperature readings and then just
kind of look visually also at the stratigraphy of the snow. So, can we see any layering? What does that tell us about,
you know what’s happened with the snow since the
last time we’d been here. Has there been significant melting, freezing, thawing, that kind of stuff. (upbeat music) Snow is important because
more than a billion people on Earth rely on snow for water supply. So it’s in best interest for
domestic uses for agriculure so by developing a method
to measure snow depth we’re trying to improve
water management methods. So that we can better similate the runoff and when water will be available
during the melting season. With climate change,
summer’s are getting dryer and it’s important to
manage the water resources we have in an intelligent way. – It’s really exciting
to be a part of something that’s a lot bigger than
yourself and to know that the reaseach that
we’re doing has real-world implications for you know, people in Idaho, in the U.S. and really all over the world. That sense of being a part of something bigger than myself is really
what I enjoy about research. (upbeat music)

Antonio Breitenberg

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