• Thu. Mar 23rd, 2023

UAF, NASA develop snow science outreach plan


Mar 16, 2023

UAF/Geophysical Institute photo by Daniel Walker Serina Wesen and Hannah Chapman-Dutton function with students at the SnowEd kickoff occasion on Jan. 28, 2023.

Fairbanks, Alaska (KINY) – Scientists at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have partnered with NASA to develop SnowEd, a nationwide plan made to engage the public in snow science.

The plan incorporates STEM activities, videos, blogs and other tools to enable the public fully grasp the value of snow, the supply of drinking and irrigation water for billions of individuals worldwide.

SnowEd complements NASA’s SnowEx plan, which aims to boost scientific understanding of snow mass on Earth.

Snow is a essential issue in the timing of spring green-up in Alaska and a essential element in cooling the Earth’s climate.

SnowEx scientists hope to launch a snow satellite devoted to monitoring snow-water sources worldwide.

SnowEd permits elementary college students to discover the properties of snow indoors employing COSI Connects Snow Kits.

The kits incorporate STEM activities for groups of up to 5 students in third via fifth grade.

UAF has also made kits for bigger groups of older young children and adults to use outdoors.

The UAF group has created 800 little and 45 substantial kits for distribution all through Alaska and across the United States.

Students can join SnowEd and turn out to be snow scientists by reaching out to their regional Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool web-sites.

In Alaska, SnowEd is partnering with the NASA GLOBE plan, which conducts each winter and summer season science projects.

A snow science stroll is scheduled for 1 p.m. Thursday, Mar. 16, at the Creamer’s Field farmhouse in Fairbanks.

Participants will study about the NASA SnowEx campaign, measure snowpack depth and study about layers inside the snowpack.

The UAF group incorporates Serina Wesen, education and outreach designer with the UAF Geophysical Institute’s snow, ice, and permafrost group, and Matthew Sturm, UAF snow professor, and geophysicist.

They’ve joined the Winter Wildlands Alliance, the NASA International Finding out and Observations to Advantage the Atmosphere plan, COSI, and NASA SnowEx researchers for the SnowEd campaign.

“We are excited to enable connect students with NASA SnowEx scientists and introduce them to snow subjects that could enable inspire them toward future careers,” Wesen stated.

To study extra about SnowEd, refer to the hyperlinks beneath.

Our Winter Planet: About SnowED

Winter Wildlands Alliance SnowSchool