2021 Winter Cyberseminar Series - Introduction to Snow Hydrology Archive

All recordings in this series are posted on our YouTube channel

SINTER and CUAHSI hosted a cyberseminar series: Introduction to Snow Hydrology, an overview of methods and introduction to relevant topics targeted toward new and continuing students in snow hydrology.


January 29, 2021 - 1 P.M.. PT / 4 P.M.. ET

Field Methods

In this webinar we will discuss: 1) why we still need to measure snow properties in the field, 2) how to measure snow depth, density and water equivalent, and 3) how to measure snow microstructural properties. We will illustrate a range of traditional and state-of-the-art field snow measurement techniques and engage in small group discussions on the considerations required to capture temporal and spatial variability in seasonal snowpacks. 


Nick Rutter, Associate Professor - Northumbria University 

Alex Langlois, Associate Professor -  University of Sherbrooke


February 26, 2021 - 1 P.M.. PT / 4 P.M.. ET

Snow Energy Balance

This webinar will introduce the basics of snow energy balance. This will include an introduction to energy exchange processes, how processes vary with different snow covered environments, the relationship between energy and mass balance, and how snow energy balance is measured and modeled.  


Jessica Lundquist, Professor - University of Washington 

Cassie Lumbrazo, PhD Student - University of Washington 

Nicoleta Cristea, Research Scientist - University of Washington 


March 26, 2021 - 1 P.M.. PT/ 4 P.M.. ET

Remote Sensing 1 - Optical, Lidar, Structure from Motion/Photogrammetry

This webinar will introduce the basics of snow remote sensing using the optical (solar) wavelengths, including an overview of different instruments/techniques (multispectral satellites, imaging spectroscopy, lidar, photogrammetry), and how they are used to map variables such as snow reflectance, snow covered area, and snow depth. The webinar will include a "hands on" introduction to snow radiative transfer and controls on snow reflectance.  


McKenzie Skiles, Assistant Professor - University of Utah 


April 30, 2021 - 1 P.M.. PT / 4 P.M.. ET

Remote Sensing 2 - Passive Microwave, Radar 

This webinar will introduce the basics of snow remote sensing using microwave wavelengths (millimeter to centimeter), explore how different frequencies interact with the snowcover through volume scattering and phase delay approaches, provide an overview of passive versus active (radar) instruments, and highlight existing and future mission concepts that leverage these techniques. 


Eli Deeb, Research Scientist - ERDC-CRREL

Chris Derksen, Research Scientist - Environmental and Climate Change Canada


May 28, 2021 - 1 p.m. PT / 4 P.M.. ET

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Snow Science and Hydrology

Snow science, and more broadly hydrology and the geosciences, currently lacks diversity. This panel discussion, followed by an open forum, will identify factors that act to limit diversity in snow science and hydrology, and pathways to equity and inclusion.