Snow and Ice -- From Weather Stations
Scientists dig snowpits so they can analyze snow layers. Snow depth is critical for areas that depend on the snowpack for yearly water supplies. Snow depth data informs communities of the amount of water the melting snow will provide. The data from multiple snow pits will also show the extent of snow cover in an area. Scientists bore ice cores so they can monitor climate change. Using the resources in the Getting Started box, your students can compare their measurements of snow depth and water content with professional sources.