Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Washington

Forests and Snow

Intermittent Snow and Process Dynamics

Snow Surface Temperature and Snow Depth in the Tuolumne Watershed


Orographic Precipitation

Mapping temperature in complex terrain

Spatial patterns of snow-fed streamflow

Rain vs. Snow

How meadow ecology relates to snow and climate

Intercomparison of Meteorological Forcing Data from Empirical and Mesoscale Model Sources

Silvicliture to maximize snow retention

Remote sensing of radiation to improve snow modeling

Wildflowers and Snow

Photos of snow poles to understand snowfall from space:

Olympic National Park is remote, hard to access, and receives more annual precipitation than anywhere else in the continental U.S.. But how much snow really falls in the remote mountains of the park? Using digital cameras and hardy hikers, we're trying to find out.

Working with NASA and the UW Olympex team, we are studying the best ways to quantify how much rain and snow falls over the Olympic Peninsula and what that means for our ability to remotely sense falling solid and liquid precipitation worldwide.

You can help us collect data for our research! Using Zooniverse’s snow spotter website, you can view our time lapse photography of the snowfall and help us determine how long snow lasts in the trees.