Item: San juan mountains snow system observatory & research venue
Title: San juan mountains snow system observatory & research venue
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 2006 International Snow Science Workshop, Telluride, Colorado
Authors: Christopher C. Landry, Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies, Silverton, Colorado
Abstract: Building on a legacy of San Juan Mountains snow research begun in the 1970's, the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies is hosting and conducting interdisciplinary 'snow system' research, initiating a long-term mountain snow system observation program, and providing 'snow system' field education. The CSAS has developed the 290 ha. Senator Beck Basin Study Area at Red Mountain Pass, installing two weather, snowpack, and soil monitoring study plots in the Basin, an automated stream gauging station at the Basin pour-point, and a third micro-met site nearby. A comprehensive baseline inventory of the Basin's plant community was performed in 2004. Data from the Senator Beck Basin Study Area are periodically published on the CSAS website. Current and proposed research and monitoring activities at the SBBSA offer examples of a 'snow system' science agenda.
Keywords: san juan mountains, snow system science, snow hydrology, snow ecology, mountain climate monitoring
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