The snow research program at the Fraser Experimental Forest, Colorado

TitleThe snow research program at the Fraser Experimental Forest, Colorado
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1956
AuthorsGoodell, B. C.
Conference Name24th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 24th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1956
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationPenticton, British Columbia
KeywordsResearch problems, Snow cover distribution

The results of past studies on the relation between snow and forests are reviewed and tabulated, and problems of future research are discussed. The forest is located about 6000 feet elevation and has an average annual precipitation of 30-40 inches, 60-80% of which is in the form of snow (which accounts for 80-90% of the annual streamflow). The first studies conducted were concerned with the relation between snow accumulation and the size of openings in various types of forests, and the effects of deforestation with snow evaporation; the question whether evaporation from intercepted snow is actually sufficiently faster than from the pack surface to account for the apparent gain in snow when trees are cut; the blowing of snow from tree crowns, and its possible sublimation during transit. Other projects will include: convection and condensation during snowmelt, the effects of tree trunks and small trees on snowmelt, the hydrologic effect of any forest management practice, and the water yield from alpine snowfields.