The Airborne Snow Observatory has flown over the Tuolumne River Basin and other local watershed areas (e.g., Merced) 44 times on 12 separate days in the past month. Data was collected using a Riegl LMS Q1560 scanning laser altimeter. Data was collected using a Riegl LMS Q1560 scanning laser altimeter and a ITRES CASI-1500 imaging spectrometer. Using advanced algorithms developed at JPL, the snow water equivalent (SWE) in the area has been determined and plotted against last year’s SWE in the same area. Campaign areas will be expanded to include the Uncompahgre region in Colorado the week of May 5.
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Airborne Snow Observatory (ASO)
Thursday, May 1, 2014