Snowpack Sensing Study Featured in Union Leader Article

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The Union Leader recently published a story about a Plymouth State snowpack sensing research project. Eric Kelsey, research assistant professor of atmospheric science at PSU and the director of research at the Mount Washington Observatory, is leading the project. Working with a team of ten undergraduate and graduate students and research technician Dan Evans, Eric has built sensors that measure snow depth and temperature. The sensors are installed in Tuckerman Ravine on Mt. Washington and will provide hydrologic data that can be used to predict avalanches and flooding by analyzing changes in the snowpack. The research group’s data will be used by the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center in Norwood, Mass and the U.S. Forest Service’s Mount Washington Avalanche Center.