|Deer Point Express during mid-January, as we head to snow study sites.|
|Views to the South East from Deer Point - Inversion weather, warm air above cold stale air in the valleys.|
|Our leader, HP (Hans Peter) testing radar equipment last fall at Bogus Basin site.|
The Boise State University Snow scientists not only conducts research in the Boise campus and Bogus Basin, but also has various snow study areas across SW Idaho, Colorado, Austria, Canada, and South America where cutting edge experiments and fundamental snow physics investigations are conducted, in progress, or planned.
|BSU Environmental Building - Home of the Geophysics department, and headquarters of the Cryo Team|
cryosphere, from the Greek cryos "cold", "frost" or "ice" and sphaira, "globe, ball"- (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)BSU's Cryo team is chracterizing snow stratigraphy (layering) with various radar technologies, infrasound detectors for avalanches, chemical and isotope characterization of snow, near-infrared snow imaging, impact of grain type/density on IR thermography, water movement in the snow, as well as other snow research opportunities.
|Lysimeter in place at Bogus Basin Study Site - tipping water buckets are used to measure water flowing under the snow.|
|Upward looking Ground Penetrating Radar that track snowpack stratigraphy through the season.|
|BSU - Geo Sciences Meteorological Station|
|BSU Geophysics main snow research plot - where radar, soil moisture and large area water balance experiments are conducted.|
|Views of Idaho Mountains from Bogus Basin main snow study site.|
|Snowpit at a side-country snow study site.|
|Side-country snow study site with "low-tech" snow height stake.|
For our community, the BSU Geosciences Graduate department, and Cryo Team to be successful we REALLY need your cooperation by not disturbing the snow at the various snow study sites. We count with your support to remind your friends about the importance of snow research at Bogus Basin, We are certain that you can be a positive force by persuading fellow skiers to stay-off within the perimeter of Bogus Basin snow study sites.
|Tracks by unknown skier that crossed rope and skied within the snow study site perimeter.|
Our snow observations are not only limited to snow sites in the mountains of Idaho, Colorado, Austria, Canada and South America, but we are also intrigue by snow metamorphism right out of our homes in Boise. The cold temps during the last weeks resulted in faceting of the snow cover in the Treasure Valley. Check the pics for facets at Warm Spring Mesa neighborhood.