CEE 573: Snow Hydrology:

Course Information

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with snow hydrology research, with an emphasis on current research methods and results. This is a graduate-level class designed for students with an interest in the impact of snow on hydrology and water resources.

Nicholas Wayand (360-265-7720, nicway@u.washington.edu, Wilcox 171)

Course objectives:
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Attend a research conference session on snow (or read a recent paper in the field of snow hydrology) and summarize the most important points, evaluate the speaker's/writer's methodology, determine potential sources of errors, and ask intelligent questions.
  • Locate, acquire, and quality-control ("clean-up") snow data.
  • Run a snowmelt model for a location over a season.
  • Interpret satellite-based maps of snow cover.
  • Decide which measurements and approximations are most important in different geographic areas and at different scales.
  • Design and carry out an independent research project