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Non-Profit in the Spotlight
9:00 am
Mon February 10, 2014

Non-Profit in the Spotlight: Aspen Global Change Institute - Part 2

The Aspen Global Change Institute (AGCI) embraces The Aspen Idea, the Paepcke's vision of bringing the world's great thinkers in the arts and sciences to Aspen, a neutral location, where they can escape their daily routines while communing with nature. In this setting, new conversations and ideas emerge, providing important new tools for the advancement of science. 

John Katzenberger, co-founder and director of AGCI, explains why this idea works and how it is implemented in the workshops AGCI hosts throughout the year with the world's top scientists. James Arnott, AGCI Program Director, and Elise Osenga, Research Associate for AGCI, also contribute. 

To learn more about the Aspen Global Change Institute, visit their website

Science
8:23 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Lasers Help Scientists Get a Detailed Picture of the West's Snowpack

A new method of measuring snowpack in mountains in the Western United States uses lasers. This image shows the snow water equivalent (top image) and snow albedo, or reflectivity (bottom image) for the Tuolumne River Basin in California's Sierra Nevada in April of 2013.
Credit www.jpl.nasa.gov

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.

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