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Staying current in times of rapid change: Introducing the Colorado River Science Wiki

Designed to serve as a central hub for the Colorado River science community, the Colorado River Science Wiki hosts a repository of new research and science information pertinent to the River, an overview of relevant legal and political frameworks, and a page highlighting upcoming events, conferences, and meetings focused on Colorado River research.
By Tanya Petach
AGCI Insight
May 19, 2023

Why is it difficult to figure out how much snow will make it to the Colorado River?

It's surprisingly hard to say exactly how much water trapped in the Rocky Mountain snowpack will actually reach the Colorado River in a given year. In this report for NPR's Morning Edition, KUNC's Alex Hager explores how Sublimation of Snow Project scientists are looking for ways to help people downstream know how much water to expect.
Alex Hager, KUNC
May 11, 2023

Snow detectives are in the mountains to solve a mystery: Where’s all the snow going?

KUNC Colorado reporter Alex Hager followed the Sublimation of Snow Project team in the mountains above Crested Butte, Colorado, as they dug for clues to how much Rocky Mountain snow disappears into the air before it has a chance to melt and reach the Colorado River.
Alex Hager, KUNC
May 4, 2023

The mystery of missing water from mountain sources

A University of Washington project, aided by the Department of Energy's Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) user facility, leverages a rare confluence of collaborators to study snow sublimation.
Corydon Ireland, Staff Writer, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
April 21, 2023

Science tackles the West’s megadrought

In this piece for Yale Climate Connections, AGCI Climate Science Fellows Tanya Petach & Emilio Mateo review how scientists are bridging the research-practice boundary to lessen the pain of climate change and the 23-year megadrought it has fueled in the Colorado River basin
By Tanya Petach Emilio Mateo
April 7, 2023

Observations in the snow: A glimpse into life at a remote field research site

In January 2023, the Sublimation of Snow project team skied out to our field site at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory for an Intensive Observation Period – a chance to validate instrument readings, align data approaches, and connect with the landscape and weather of this remarkable research location.
By Elise Osenga
AGCI Insight
February 22, 2023

A double whammy: Wildfire debris pollutes drinking water

Wildfires, which have intensified with climate change, can contaminate drinking water supplies after a heavy rain. AGCI's Tanya Petach and Energy Innovation's Alex Urquhart examine wildfires' long-term impacts on water quality and the need for fire-resilient water systems in this piece for Yale Climate Connections.
By Alex Urquhart Tanya Petach
February 8, 2023

Then and now: Scientific investigations of Colorado River drought a quarter century apart

As the Colorado River Compact is renegotiated, scientists are critically examining historical research on the river’s flow to ensure water users across the western United States and Mexico have the information they need to prepare for a future where drought is the norm.
By Tanya Petach Emilio Mateo
Research Review
January 31, 2023

An extreme number of sensors in one spot

Field notes on the October 2022 install and reflections from the Sublimation of Snow Project Principal Investigator Jessica Lundquist.
Jessica Lundquist, University of Washington
AGCI Insight
January 9, 2023

Snow sleuths: Researchers around the world join forces to investigate missing snow, improve water resources modeling

A single snowflake hadn’t yet fallen when a team of snow researchers descended on a small town in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains this past fall. But that was intentional — they were preparing for the coming winter’s mission to answer a longstanding research question: What happens to snow after it falls?
Brooke Fisher, University of Washington
December 20, 2022