Two PhD students at CH were awarded $1000 prizes for their two-minute ‘Flash Freeze’ pitches for the Cryosphere Innovation Award for Students at the 2016 AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco.
Nik Aksamit focused on identifying the smallest eddies in alpine turbulence relevant to transporting snow, using a new Particle Tracking Velocimetry apparatus.
Phillip Harder proposed to improve precision farming systems through high-resolution mapping of snow using the system for acoustic sensing of snow (SAS3) mounted on UAVs.
CH Fellow Bob Sandford will be talking about his book Storm Warning: Water and Climate Security in a Changing World at Literary Lights, a celebration of local writers to be held at the Rose & Crown Pub, 749 Railway Avenue, Canmore at 7pm on Thursday 28th January 2016.
As many will already be well aware, Bob’s talks are always insightful and interesting, while managing to present the work of CH and related science in a highly approachable manner, and describing its wider relevance and importance to society.
The Western Producer published an article on 31st December 2015 citing CH research on changing prairie precipitation patterns.
The piece discussed how work in the Smith Creek Research Basin and elsewhere has demonstrated how rain is replacing snowfall in the spring and early fall, and established that the duration of rainstorms has increased over the past 70 years, despite no overall increase in total precipitation.
It is available for online viewing here.