Field Education & Workshops
Snow School for Water Managers, March 1-3, 2017, Silverton, CO
A 2½ Day Professional Development Opportunity for Water Professionals
2016 Snow School participants, from left to right, Nathan Elder (back turned) from Denver Water, Rob Phillips from Rio Grande Water Conservation District, Brenna Mefford from Wyoming State Engineer’s Office, and Marta Nelson, from Radiometrics Corp.
Using a mixture of classroom discussion and hands-on field sessions, this workshop will enhance participant understanding of snowpack processes, snowpack monitoring, and snowpack data, by:
- Reviewing Colorado’s snow climatology, snowpack formation, and snowmelt processes
- Discussing recent snow and climate literature
- Visiting snow and weather monitoring systems, discussing site biases
- Discussing snowpack, weather, and climate data sources, and their application
The workshop will be conducted by Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies director Jeff Derry. The classroom sessions will be held at CSAS’s Silverton office. The field sessions will be held at CSAS’s Senator Beck Basin Study Area and nearby Snotel and snow course sites on Red Mountain Pass.
Fee: $500 (class size will be limited to 10 participants – register early)
Registration, Questions: Contact Jeff Derry, CSAS, PO Box 190, Silverton, CO 81433 (970) 387-5080
Schedule: The workshop will begin at 9 AM, Wednesday, March 1st, at the CSAS office at 1428 Greene Street, Silverton. The Friday, March 3rd session will be ½ day, ending at noon.
Gear: Field sessions will entail over-snow travel at 11,000’ on snowshoes or skis (must have climbing skins) over short distances (up to 20 minutes) and some small hills. CSAS will provide the technical snow science equipment but participants should bring suitable over-snow equipment and a selection of warm clothing, especially footwear. No avalanche safety equipment required.
Lodging & Meals: Participants are encouraged to secure lodging in Silverton well in advance of the class. Please see below for a list of lodging options in the Silverton area. Several restaurants will be open in Silverton during the workshop.
Questions? Contact Jeff Derry at the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org
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CSAS is committed to continuing our tradition of hosting and instructing college and university field camps, technical workshops, and providing K-12 snow science resources. A few of our recent field education & workshops are listed below:
- CSAS Hosts University of Colorado Field Camp
Dr. Brandon Vogt and Dr. Emily Skop, from the University of Colorado – Colorado Springs Department of Geography and Environmental Studies, returned to Silverton with twelve students in January 2010 for a week-long field class in physical and cultural geography. Read More
- CSAS Hosts AIARE Level III Avalanche Professionals Course in March 2009
- CSAS Hosts Minnesota State University - Mankato Field Camp
- K-12 Kids Study Mountain Weather at Swamp Angel Study Plot
- CSAS Hosts Snow Characterization Workshop in Silverton. March 2008
Thanks to the initiative of Dr. Hans-Peter Marshall and Dr. Martin Schneebeli of the WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, the CSAS was able to host their fantastically successful, hands-on workshop in high-tech snow characterization methods and theory here in Silverton on March 18-20, 2008. Marshall and Schneebeli discussed and demonstrated methods for snow casting and X-ray tomography, snow micro-penetrometer measurement and signal analysis, near-infra-red photography and specific surface area characterization methods, and FMCW radar snowcover measurements and signal interpretation; Dr. Chris Hiemstra of Colorado State University also demonsrated the use of the MagnaProbe tool, another snow penetrometer tool used in extensive snowcover surveys throughout the Arctic and other shallow snowpacks. Photos of the Workshop can be seen on our 2007/2008 Diary page. All workshop participants agreed that this was a superlative experience and, for our part, we were honored to facilitate and participate.
- CSAS Hosts University of Portsmouth Field Camp at Swamp Angel Study Plot in late May 2008
- CSAS co-hosts, with the University of Colorado 's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, a Snow System Science Workshop
- Hosted Snow Science Field Camps from Northern Arizona University, Minnesota State University, Southern Illinois University, Colorado State University, and the Colorado Rocky Mountain School
- Hosted NAU, MN State and CU-Boulder Field Camps
- Hosted SIU and AZ State Field Camps