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Snow melts faster under trees than in open areas in mild climates
Date:11/13/2013

s have tried thinning and cutting gaps in parts of the forest to encourage more tree and plant diversity that then leads to more diverse animal habitat offering the UW a variety of sites to monitor.

The UW researchers acknowledge that temperature is a very broad predictor of snowmelt behavior, yet they expect their theory to hold true as they look more closely at the relationship between climate and snowmelt throughout the Pacific Northwest. They are collaborating with researchers at Oregon State University and the University of Idaho, and are ramping up a citizen science project asking hikers and snowshoers to share snow observations.

"This is really just a start," said Dickerson-Lange, a doctoral student in Lundquist's lab who is coordinating the citizen-science observations. "The plan is to refine this model. With climate change, a cold forest now might behave more like a warm forest 100 years from now. We want to be able to plan ahead."


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Contact: Michelle Ma
mcma@uw.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington
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