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2016 Fieldwork


Fraser Experimental Forest 
Fraser, Colorado, USA


January 12-14, 2016


This three-day intensive field-based course will give fundamental training to students in performing and analyzing snow measurements, including depth, density, snow water equivalence, grain size and shape, stratigraphy, temperature and hardness. Students completing this course will be able to perform high-quality fieldwork and design studies making snowpack measurements, and will be capable of performing quality measurements required during snow remote sensing calibration and validation campaigns.

Who: Students

The course is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, professionals and senior scientists, modelers and remote sensers that will make snow measurements as part of their research, or use snowpack data in their research. There are no required prerequisites. Students will be selected from the pool of applicants and notified by December 15, 2015. Students from any nation may apply, but reimbursement is only available to North American participants.

Who: Instructors

Kelly Elder: US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station 
Alice Hill: INSTAAR, University of Colorado
Lora Koenig: NSIDC, University of Colorado
H.P. Marshall: CryoGARS group, Boise State University and U.S. Army CRREL
Banning Starr: US Forest Service, Fraser Experimental Forest
Matthew Sturm: University of Alaska, Fairbanks, and U.S. Army CRREL


NASA has funded the school for the 2016 course. Students will be reimbursed for travel, food, and lodging. Travel expenses may include airfare, taxi or bus for airport access, and shuttle from Denver airport (DIA) to Fraser. Car rental will not be reimbursed, but mileage for personal car will at the standard government rate.* Receipts for all the above expenses should be kept and information about processing will be provided at the course. Please make every effort to minimize travel costs. Questions about rates, fees, and reimbursements should be sent to

Contact: Dr. Kelly Elder via email:
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All photographs copyright M. Sturm unless otherwise noted.