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Scientists seek US backcountry skiers to measure snowpack
JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
America's space agency wants you to head for the mountains with a smartphone and a measuring stick. NASA's earth science arm is funding research that recruits citizen scientists on skis, snowshoes and snowmobiles to measure snow depth in backcountry locations of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. ''Our initial model runs show that citizen science measurements are doing an amazing job of improving our simulations,'' said David Hill, an Oregon State University professor of civil engineering, who is collaborating with Alaska and University of Washington researchers. read more


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