Western United States http://aspenpublicradio.org en Lasers Help Scientists Get a Detailed Picture of the West's Snowpack http://aspenpublicradio.org/post/lasers-help-scientists-get-detailed-picture-wests-snowpack <p></p><p>Scientists in Colorado are working to improve runoff forecasting in the West so water managers can meet growing needs in the future. A growing population coupled with climate change means every drop will count. Scientists are mapping terrain and snow with lasers to provide a more accurate picture of the snowpack. It's called the NASA JPL Airborne Snow Observatory. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen spoke with Jeff Deems, a research scientist with the University of Colorado, Boulder. He’s involved with the project.</p><p></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 15:23:44 +0000 Marci Krivonen 13907 at http://aspenpublicradio.org Lasers Help Scientists Get a Detailed Picture of the West's Snowpack