Science and adventure

TitleScience and adventure
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1949
AuthorsChurch, J. E.
Conference Name17th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 17th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1949
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationDenver, Colorado
KeywordsAutobiography, Church, J.E.

An autobiography relating to Dr. J.E. Church's scientific and humanitarian accomplishments in the field of ice and snow from 1895 through 1949. His foundation of the Mt. Rose Observatory in 1906 and early concepts of a relation to conservation of snowmelt and runoff to forest type and methods of timber cutting. The first authentic water supply forecasts of the rise in Lake Tahoe in 1910-1911, and listing of six elementary steps as an outline for forecasting procedures. Glacier ice melt does not add materially to the annual streamflow, only the snow melt on top of the glacier. Snow fall, ice and temperature measurements on the Greenland ice cap; snow survey conferences in Russia; snow surveys in India's Himalaya Mountains; snow surveys and water forecasting in the Andes of Argentina and Chile are discussed. International friendship in science overpowers political intrigue. Snow surveys and water supply forecast schemes for the Rhine and Rhone rivers with headwaters in Switzerland are of interest to Holland.