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The 4th Winter Field Course for Snow Measurement is a course for serious students of snow, whether engaged in modeling, measuring, or teaching about snow. The course will introduce students to standard and specialized quantitative and qualitative measurements of snowpack characteristics, as well as how to conduct safe and efficient snow field campaigns. Over three full days we will provide fundamental training to students in performing and analyzing snow measurements, including depth, density, snow water equivalence, grain size and shape, stratigraphy, temperature and hardness. Students completing this course will be able to perform high-quality fieldwork as well as design studies requiring snowpack measurements, including those required during snow remote sensing calibration and validation campaigns. Class credit will be offered through the University of Saskatchewan.

It will take place at Barrier Lake Field Station, Kananaskis, Alberta, Canada (about 45 minutes west of Calgary) with field work at Fortress Mountain in the Canadian Rockies. See:


The course is aimed at undergraduate and graduate students, post-docs, professionals and senior scientists, modelers and those who do snow remote sensing that will either need to make snow measurements as part of their research, or use snowpack data in their research. There are no prerequisites, but students will be selected from the pool of applicants based on applicability to their studies. Successful applicants will be notified by December 15, 2016. Students from any nation may apply.

Applications are due by December 1, 2016.


  • Dr. Kelly Elder: US Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station
  • Dr. Matthew Sturm: Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, Fairbanks
  • Dr. John Pomeroy, Director, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan
  • Dr. Jessica Lundquist, Mountain Hydrology Research, University of Washington
  • Dr. Alexandre Langlois, Centre d’applications et de recherches en télédétection, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Dr. Nicholas Kinar, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan