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NASA Studying Determining Snowpacks from Space

February 20 2002 at 2:07 PM
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Beginning this month, dozens of scientists on the ground, in the air, and using satellite observations will start a multi-year experiment to study winter snow packs on the Colorado side of the Rocky Mountains to improve the estimation of snow amount and forecasting of spring flooding due to snowmelt. The NASA-funded experiment will also study the role of cold lands within the Earth's climate.

Scientists from six federal agencies and students from many universities will use skis, snowmobiles, and aircraft to survey and sample snow during this NASA Cold Land Process Experiment (CLPX). They also plan to use microwave measurements from satellites and aircraft to measure characteristics of the snow pack and the freeze/thaw state of the land surface.

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