SNOTEL - automated snow surveys

TitleSNOTEL - automated snow surveys
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1975
AuthorsBarton, M.
Conference Name43rd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 43rd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1975
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationCoronado, California
KeywordsSNOTEL, Telemetering hydrologic data

The Soil Conservation Service is currently in the process of implementing an automated westwide snow survey and related hydrometeorological data telemetry system called SNOTEL. This system, to be installed during the next 5 years, will be providing on-call data as frequently as once an hour from 500 key locations in the western United states. These data will be available on a 'near' real-time basis to users and cooperators.This paper describes the data network, type of sensors, communication system, telecommunications network, terminals, asnd computer control system which in total will make up the SNOTEL system.