Winter Field Course for Snow Measurement: 5-9 January 2017, Kananaskis, Canadian Rockies

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Winter Field Course for Snow Measurement: 5-9 January 2017, Kananaskis, Canadian Rockies

Jessica D. Lundquist
The NASA Snow Working Group-Remote Sensing
The 4th Winter Field Course for Snow Measurement
January 5-9, 2017
Kananaskis, Canadian Rockies

What: A course for serious students of snow, whether engaged in
modeling, measuring, or teaching about snow.  The course will introduce
students to standard and specialized quantitative and qualitative
measurements of snowpack characteristics, as well as how to conduct safe
and efficient snow field campaigns. Over three full days we will provide
fundamental training to students in performing and analyzing snow
measurements, including depth, density, snow water equivalence, grain
size and shape, stratigraphy, temperature and hardness. Students
completing this course will be able to perform high-quality fieldwork as
well as design studies requiring snowpack measurements, including those
required during snow remote sensing calibration and validation
campaigns. Class credit will be offered through the University of

Where: Barrier Lake Field Station, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada (about 45
minutes west of Calgary) with field work at Fortress Mountain in the
Canadian Rockies (see  &

When: January 5 - 9, 2017

Who: Students:
The course is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs,
professionals and senior scientists, modelers and those who do snow
remote sensing that will either need to make snow measurements as part
of their research, or use snowpack data in their research. There are no
prerequisites, but students will be selected from the pool of applicants
based on applicability to their studies.  Successful applicants will be
notified by December 15, 2016.  Students from any nation may apply.
Applications are available at and are due
by December 1, 2016.

Who: Instructors
Dr. Kelly Elder: US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
Dr. Matthew Sturm: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Dr. John Pomeroy, Director, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Jessica Lundquist, Mountain Hydrology Research, University of Washington
Dr. Alexandre Langlois, Centre d’applications et de recherches en
télédétection, Université de Sherbrooke
Dr. Nicholas Kinar, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan

How: NASA funding for the course is pending (and expected in October)
and student application/selection will start soon. Students will be
reimbursed for travel, food, and lodging enroute the Barrier Lake field
station, where lodging and meals will be provided. Travel expenses may
include airfare, taxi or bus for airport access, and shuttle from
Calgary Airport (YYC). Car rental will not be reimbursed. Receipts for
all the above expenses should be kept and information about processing
will be provided at the course. Please make every effort to minimize
travel costs. Questions about rates, fees, and reimbursements should be
sent to Cindy Brekke at NSIDC ([hidden email]).

For course information and registration, see

or contact: Dr. Matthew Sturm via email: [hidden email] and indicate
Snow School in the subject line.

Jessica Lundquist
Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Sylvester Associate Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Washington
Wilcox 165  Box 352700
Seattle, WA 98195-2700

phone: 206-685-7594
fax: 206-685-3836
[hidden email]

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