Mountain Snowpack

Mountain Snowpack
9:04 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Measuring Snowpack for an Increasingly "Thirsty World"

NASA scientists are flying over mountains in Colorado and California. They're using high-tech gadgets to measure snowpack.
Credit NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A group of scientists are flying over mountains in California and Colorado this spring, measuring snowpack with high-tech gadgets. NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory mission started last month over the Sierra Nevadas and Southwestern Colorado’s Uncompahgre River Basin. The idea is to measure the snow in a way that’s never been done before, to get an idea of how much water is stored there. Snowpack accounts for 75 % of the Western United States’ freshwater supply. And, as demands for water grow, scientists are working on solutions.

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