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SMAPing in snow country

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SMAPing in snow country
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2/18/15 5:54 PM
I realize that SMAP measurements aren't possible under snow. We're on the side of a mountain in Switzerland.

Q1: if we go to the valley below we can find bare ground. But we could probably only go there once. Is that worthwhile scientifically, or would it be purely a teaching experience? How credibly could we tell students that they're actually helping?

Q2: At some point this late winter or spring the snow go. But it might come back in a storm. Could we start doing measurements here at the first bare spot, or should we wait until the snow is most likely gone for good?

Thanks,
John Harlin
Leysin American School
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RE: SMAPing in snow country
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2/18/15 9:11 PM as a reply to John Harlin.
Hi John,

A1: I think an important way to explain this to the students would be to empasize why measuring in an area just once is not great scientific method based experiementation.

A2: Wait for snow melt before taking routine measurements.

Brian

John Harlin:
I realize that SMAP measurements aren't possible under snow. We're on the side of a mountain in Switzerland.

Q1: if we go to the valley below we can find bare ground. But we could probably only go there once. Is that worthwhile scientifically, or would it be purely a teaching experience? How credibly could we tell students that they're actually helping?

Q2: At some point this late winter or spring the snow go. But it might come back in a storm. Could we start doing measurements here at the first bare spot, or should we wait until the snow is most likely gone for good?

Thanks,
John Harlin
Leysin American School
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