Instantaneous measurements of snowdrifts in small-scale modeling

TitleInstantaneous measurements of snowdrifts in small-scale modeling
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1994
AuthorsSchmidt, R. A., and Jairell R. L.
Conference Name62nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 62nd Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1994
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationSante Fe, New Mexico
KeywordsComputer imaging, Models, Small scale models, Snowdrifts

Side-by-side comparisons of small-scale models in drifting snow can quickly answer questions about efficient drift control. However, measuring snowdrifts simultaneously as they accumulate near paired models requires a faster method than probing each drift with a ruler. We explored computer imaging for a possible alternative. Analyzing photographs of a 'rake' of vertical pinjs pressed in to the drift produced promising results. Usint the method, we compared trapping efficiency of model tree rows with model snow fences, as an example.