A snow course network for Alaska and the Rampart Project

TitleA snow course network for Alaska and the Rampart Project
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1964
AuthorsFreeman, T. G.
Conference Name32nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 32nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1964
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationNelson, British Columbia
KeywordsNetworks, Snow survey

Snow survey courses and snow depth marker network are reported to be in use at some 49 locations throughout various river basins in Alaska. The data are to be used primarily for flood control projects anticipated by the Corps of Engineers and power development by the Bureau of Reclamation. The State Department of Fish and Game and the Forest Service are cooperating in the establishment and maintenance of the courses and other hydrological data measuring stations. New problems in snow surveying are presented in the wide expanse of Alaskan wilderness, extreme cold, bad weather and poor visibility during the winter and spring months. The actual snow measurement of low density snow on frozen ground presents a problem of redesign of sampling equipment . A gradual expansion of the network is planned for the Rampart Dam project in cooperation with the Canadian Government.