The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies and our Senator Beck Basin Study Area serve the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting and conducting interdisciplinary research and sustaining integrative 24/7/365 monitoring that captures weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant community and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends. Senator Beck Basin is also the home of the Colorado Dust-on-Snow Program. The slide show above illustrates some of the research teams we've hosted, and we invite additional researchers to utilize Senator Beck Basin facilities and data. For more, see the CSAS Fact Sheet.
August 19: CSAS conducted a field tour to the Swamp Angel Study Plot and Senator Beck Stream Gauge for a class of 24 Colorado State University undergraduate and graduate students during their Watershed Practicum in the San Juan Mountains. Their faculty advisor Dr. Steven Fassnacht is at the far left, pointing toward the tower. Chris Landry gave the class a talk on dust-on-snow later that day.
- July 25: CODOS WY 2014 Summary
- July 25: CODOS WY 2014 Summary
- July 19-27: Third survey of Senator Beck Basin vascular plant community completed: in a marathon effort from July 19-27, botanists Peggy Lyon, Sara Simonson, and Renee Rondeau (left to right in the July 20, 2014 photo to the right) completed our third comprehensive inventory of the Senator Beck Basin plant community. Gordon Rodda also assisted. Species and coverage were documented in a total of 230 plots of 0.1 m2 along 23 established transects at three different elevation bands, in the sub-alpine, at treeline, and across alpine tundra. This dataset complements the original July 2004 baseline data and the July 2009 first repeat study. Comparative analyses will follow.
- July 17: Senator Beck Basin data presented at the international Global Fair and Workshop on Mountain Observatories, Reno, NV: on behalf of the authors of our recent Water Resources Research article, co-author Dr. Mark Raleigh, from NCAR, presented the 7-year Senator Beck Basin dataset to the “Observing the Mountain Water Cycle” session on July 17, 2014. Some 180 mountain scientists, from several continents, attended the conference. Mark's talk was titled: "High elevation headwaters hydrology and snow monitoring at Senator Beck Basin, San Juan Mountains, Colorado, USA: a 7 year dataset".
- June 19: CODOS Alert - Long duration dust event D10
- June 15: CODOS Dust Alert - Event D9-WY2014
- June 10: CODOS Update - Dust forcing high snowmelt rates statewide
- May 29: CODOS Alert for imminent, dust-enhanced surging in snowmelt runoff
- May 27: CODOS Update - Upper Gunnison River and North Fork of the Gunnison
- May 25: Memorial Weekend Winter Storm #25 of the season
- May 22: CODOS Update – Senator Beck Basin and Western San Juan Mountains
- May 19: CODOS Update - Rio Grande Watershed Conditions
- May 11: CODOS Dust Alert for Dust-on-Snow event #D8
- May 11: Mother's Day Storm (Storm #24 of the season)
- May 11: Durango Herald story on CSAS, Senator Beck Basin and dust
- April 29: Storm #23 was the biggest of the season (so far)
- April 28: CODOS Alert for D6 and D7; CODOS Update - Tour Summary from April 23-26
- April 27: Denver Post article on dust on snow and runoff by Scott Willoughby
- April 23: Dust event averted
- April 18: Dust event D6-WY2014 is increasingly likely next Tues/Weds
- April 15-17: At the Western Snow Conference in Durango, Chris Landry presented "Dust on Snow Impacts on Colorado Hydrographs" and hosted a field tour to Molas Pass and the CSAS office in Silverton.
- April 16: CODOS Update - Streamflow Surging and Decline, D4 (Re)Emergence
- April 14, 2014: Winter Storm #22 brought us another inch of water
- April 3, 2014: CODOS Site-Specific Updates posted from ten sites around Colorado
- April 2-3, 2014: Winter Storm #20
- April 1, 2014: CODOS Dust Alert for Event D5
- March 31, 2014: CODOS Dust Alert for Event D4
- March 27, 2014: CODOS Dust Alert for Event D3
- March 18, 2014: CODOS Dust Alert for Event D2
- March 17, 2014: CODOS Update on Large Snowpacks, Lack of Dust, Runoff Patterns
- March 11, 2014: We've issued a Press Release (pdf) about our recent Mountain System Monitoring publication in Water Resources Research.
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Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies
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Silverton, CO 81433 USA
Phone: 970.387.5080; Fax: 970.387.5082