Western Water Assessment, in collaboration with The Nature Conservancy and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, has produced Snowtography: Snowpack & Soil Moisture Monitoring Handbook to support resource managers, researchers, and practitioners studying forest structure impacts on snowpack persistence and soil moisture availability.
The handbook guides readers through the process of establishing their own snowtography and soil moisture monitoring stations. It offers guidance on site selection, snowtography options, equipment requirements, and installation. The instructions are based on snow-forest research and hands-on experience at multiple sites in Arizona, and in the San Juan National Forest in southwestern Colorado.
The webinar will cover the motivation for developing the handbook, the science supporting the snowtography method, the structure and contents of the handbook, and on-the-ground experiences of handbook beta testers, followed by Q&A. The speaker list includes Marcos Robles (The Nature Conservancy), Joel Biederman (USDA-ARS), Liz Payton (Western Water Assessment), Danny Margoles (Dolores Watershed Resilient Forest Collaborative), Lindy Hutchinson (Northern Arizona University), and Seth Arens (Western Water Assessment).