Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

Swamp Angel Study Site
Swamp Angel Study Plot (subalpine)

Senator Beck Study Site
Senator Beck Study Plot (alpine)

Putney Study Site
Putney Study Plot (summit)

Senator Beck Basin Stream Gauge
Basin Stream Gauge

St Paul Basestation
St. Paul RF Base Station

The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies serves the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting & conducting interdisciplinary research and conducting integrative 24/7/365 monitoring that captures weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant community and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends.

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CSAS Client Services

In addition to offering our Senator Beck Basin Study Area research and monitoring facility at Red Mountain Pass, CSAS provides research support services for our hosted researchers in the form of fieldwork, instrumentation development, experimental and research design consultation, seminar hosting, and collaboration on snow system research projects.  Please contact Executive Director Chris Landry to discuss your particular needs and goals, and for references with those researchers we have already been pleased to assist.

The Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies has had the privilege of supporting a number of talented researchers and students in our brief history:

Researchers Hosted and Assisted in Silverton and Senator Beck Basin:

• Dr. Martyn Clark – National Center for Atmospheric Research • Dr. Eli Deeb – Cold Regions Research and Engineering Lab (US Army) • Dr. Hans-Peter Marshall – Boise State University • Dr. Heidi Steltzer – Fort Lewis College • PhD candidate Annie Bryant – University of Utah  • Dr. Tom Painter – UCLA & NASA Jet Propulsion Lab • Dr. Christine Pielmeier – Inst. for Snow & Avalanche Research SLF, Switz. • Dr. Jason Neff – University of Colorado, Terrestrial Biogeochemistry Lab • Dr. Ashley Ballantine – University of Colorado, Geological Sciences • Dr. Anne Sheehan – University of Colorado, CIRES • PhD candidate (ABD) Andrew Barrett – National Snow and Ice Data Center • Dr. – University of Colorado, under Dr. Neff • PhD candidate Sara Simonson – Colorado State University • PhD candidate Janice Brahney – University of Colorado, under Dr. Neff • MSc Graduate Sarah Castle – University of Colorado, under Dr. Neff • Nicholas Caselli – Fort Lewis College • Shane Straddling – Fort Lewis College

Researchers Assisted At-A-Distance

• Dr. Catherine Naud - Columbia University • Dr. Jim Miller - Rutgers University • Michael Follum - US Army Corp of Engineers in Vicksburg, MS • Dr. Nick Pepin – Portsmouth University, U.K. • Dr. Imtiaz Rangwala - NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory • Dr. Nick Rutter – University of Sheffield, U.K. • Dr. Ned Bair – University of California - Santa Barbara • MSc graduate Kathleen McBride – University of Northern Arizona

Field Classes & Workshops Hosted and Assisted

• Arizona State University • Mankato State University • Texas State University • Southern Illinois University • Colorado State University • University of Colorado – Boulder • University of Colorado – Colorado Springs • Prescott College • Snow Impurities Workshop – July 2009 • Fort Lewis College • University of Portsmouth, U.K. • Colorado Rocky Mountain School • Silverton School • Montrose High School • Ouray Middle School • International Snow Science Workshop Field Excursion - 2006 • Snow Characterization Workshop - 2008 • MTNCLIM Field Excursion - 2008