Snow science in action

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NASA scientist Ludovic Brucker discusses the multi-agency, NASA-led snow research project being conducted this month on the Grand Mesa. Behind him is a University of Michigan boom truck equipped with a microwave radiometer, one of numerous instruments used in measuring snowpack. The project’s goal is to help NASA be able to determine what sensors can best be used to measure snowpack from satellites.

Grand Mesa snowpack scrutinized like never before in huge NASA project

You’ve probably skied on Grand Mesa, or snowmobiled, or snowshoed. Or made snow angels or built a snowman.
But you probably haven’t spent that much time taking a close look at the snow. You certainly haven’t looked at snow the way some 100 researchers are this month on Grand Mesa, in a multi-
million-dollar project being led by NASA with the goal of learning how to better measure snowpack.
Using high-tech equipment like infrared sensors and low-tech gear like shovels, they’re trying to determine what remote sensors could best be used on satellites to produce more accurate snowpack measurements around the world.

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