The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies and our Senator Beck Study Basin 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 communities 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.
Are you interested in learning more about Dust-on-Snow? Visit our Colorado Dust-on-Snow Program website: www.codos.org
Please see our storm reports page where we document the meteorological conditions under which a storm occurred as well as describe how the storm unfolded. If you would like to be included on our Storm Reports E-mail list, please contact Jeff Derry at firstname.lastname@example.org
Water Year 2024
- October 1, 2023: Starting in 2004 we, with the Forest Service and Natural Heritage Foundation, conducted detailed plant surveys in our Senator Beck Study Basin. Field work ended from the last survey in 2022. The thesis report was completed by Caitlin Harvey with Western Colorado University. It summarizes changes in the Basin since 2004. Read her thesis here.
Water Year 2023
- September 29, 2023: Another loss to the mountain and snow community, Jerry W. Roberts was many things including part of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research (INSTAAR) San Juan Avalanche Project in 1977. Read the thoughtful remembrance from the “The Land Desk”.
- September 10, 2023: We posted the season summary for WY2023 at codos.org. Check it out
- August 25, 2023: Richard Armstrong recently passed. The cryosphere community lost an incredible pioneering scientist. The earth lost an extraordinary human. Read about Richard’s rich life here.
- June 8, 2023: 5.8″ of SWE remains at the Swamp Angel Study Plot. Read the update here.
- May 18, 2023: Jeff Derry featured in an article by the Colorado Sun: Colorado’s above-average snowpack has an enemy: Out-of-state dust
- A big snow year, and on April 3 it turned into a big dust year, read our updates at codos.org
- Join February 7, 2023 for “Snow Research Meets Operations in the San Juans: Current State and Future Collaborations” A workshop put on by Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies and Colorado State University
- The snow season is off to a respectable start. See our storm reports here.
- November 17, 2023: Join us in Silverton for “Snow School for Water Professionals” this February 8-10, 2023.
- Hello winter! Finally! Stay informed about dust-on-snow, weather, forecast, and an array of interesting news related to snow, water, and management in Colorado at our Colorado Dust-in-Snow Program website
Water Year 2022
- See our report summarizing WY2022 at codos.org
- The Colorado Sun wrote a nice piece about the microplastics we have found in snow samples across the Colorado high mountains.
- After a lot of work we finally announced our most recent findings of the microplastics in the Colorado Mountain snowpack. See the Durango Weekly’s coverage here.
- May 20, 2022: We already seen peak flows in the region. See the media coverage of this dust-on-snow season: Aspen Journalism, Steamboat Pilot and Today, The Durango Herald, Gunnison Country Times.
- May 18, 2022: If you want to learn more about the Colorado River troubles but also want a laugh, check out this John Oliver segment (explicate language).
- May 15, 2022: A record windy spring. Severe dust conditions across the state. See codos.org for details.
- March 20, 2022: It is turning out to be a big dust year so far, and the big dust months are still ahead.
- February 24, 2022: A four day storm just delivered 3″ precip and 28″ accumulation. And a big dust event ushered in the storm.
- January 22, 2022: The second in a series workshop “Exploring the Ability to Fix a Broken Water Cycle” will be held February 4, 2022, please join us.
- January 7, 2022: Had a great time teaching the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs (UCCS) snow field class this week!
- December 3, 2021: Join the participatory workshop “Coming Together to Fix a Broken Water Cycle”. Durango Herald discussed the workshop in a recent article.
- July 14, 2021: Read this very informative article National Geographic did about dust-on-snow and our CODOS Program
- Stay informed about dust-on-snow, weather, forecast, and an array of interesting news related to snow, water, and management in Colorado at our Colorado Dust-in-Snow Program website