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MSU Researcher Leads NASA SnowEx Field Site


BOZEMAN — From space, it is easy to see which areas of the Earth are covered in snow, but the appearance of snow on certain terrain is only part of the picture.

"The goal is to understand how much snow is on the ground," said Montana State University snow hydrologist Eric Sproles. "Is it 5 inches deep or it 50 inches deep? And what's the density of that snow?"

Sproles, an assistant professor in the Department of Earth Sciences in the College of Letters and Science, leads one of six field sites in the western U.S. for NASA's SnowEx project, which is seeking better ways to measure snowpack...

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