CSO is a NASA-funded citizen science campaign to measure snow. The project aims to improve our understanding of snow depth variability in mountainous regions.

We need community-based observers, including backcountry professionals and recreationists, to help gather snow observations. "On the ground" measurements aid interpretations of satellite and airborne snow measurements collected by NASA and other agencies. 

Snow data help improve water runoff models. Predicting and understanding variability in water runoff is important due to effects on snow avalanche hazards, water resources, ecology, tourism, and the impacts of a changing climate. Our citizen scientists themselves will learn more about snow depth distribution. This can help them make better decisions while navigating in avalanche terrain.

Website: https://communitysnowobs.org/

Contact: Prof. Gabriel Wolken, University of Alaska Fairbanks (gabriel.wolken@alaska.gov)

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