Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

Swamp Angel Study Site
Swamp Angel Study Plot (subalpine)

Senator Beck Study Site
Senator Beck Study Plot (alpine)

Putney Study Site
Putney Study Plot (summit)

Senator Beck Basin Stream Gauge
Basin Stream Gauge

St Paul Basestation
St. Paul RF Base Station

The Center for Snow & Avalanche Studies serves the mountain science community and regional resource managers by hosting & conducting interdisciplinary research and conducting integrative 24/7/365 monitoring that captures weather, snowpack, radiation, soils, plant community and hydrologic signals of regional climate trends.

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CSAS News 2004/2005 Summary

In September 2004, the National Science Foundation approved the CSAS's first collaborative 'snow system science' research proposal, submitted by Tom Painter from the National Snow and Ice Data Center. This Award (NSF Grant No. ATM-0431955) was a signal moment for our young organization, validating the CSAS and our Senator Beck Basin Study Area research infrastructure and substantiating our ability to perform and facilitate peer-approved research projects. Early fall was also busy with a cleanup project, with facilitating a lake sediment coring project, and assisting the Colorado Avalanche Information Center's Silverton office with relocation of its weather instrumentation. The CSAS also participated in the 2004 International Snow Science Workshop at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, apprising the 650 participants of our new organization.


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July & August 2004: CSAS and Colorado Outward Bound School (COBS) Students and Instructors Clean Up Abandoned Snow Drift Management and Avalanche Control Experiments Conducted in 1970s near the Swamp Angel Study Plot


Lake Sediment Coring for Desert Dust Deposits, September 2004


Attended the 2004 International Snow Science Workshop Conference held September 19-24, 2004 in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to present a poster introducing the CSAS to the avalanche scientists in attendance.


National Science Foundation Approves Collaborative Research Grant No. ATM-0431955 for CSAS and National Snow and Ice Data Center, the CSAS's First NSF Award - September 1, 2004


Senator Beck Basin Study Area Study Plots Instrumentation Upgrade for NSF "Radiative Effects of Desert Dust Deposits in Alpine Snow" Project with National Snow and Ice Data Center - September 2004 through January 2005


Took Time to Marvel at Overnight Frost


CSAS Assists the Silverton Colorado Avalanche Information Center Staff with Starting Up a New Remote Weather Station above Highway 550 on Red Mountain Pass, October 2004


Attended the Fall Meeting of the American Geophysical Union held in San Francisco December 13-17, 2004 to present a poster titled, "Mountain Snow System Interactions" and featuring our dust on snow pilot study and a discussion of avalanche formation processes interactions.


Attended MTNCLIM2005, a conference held in Pray, Montana on March 1-4, 2005 concerning mountain climates and their effects on ecosystems. The CSAS presented a poster describing the Senator Beck Basin Study Area research infrastructure and indicated the CSAS's interest in the development of a mountain climate monitoring network.


National Science Foundation 'Dust On Snow' Project Completes First Field Season


CSAS Hosts Fort Lewis College Research