Catalog Record

Report from S&T Project SN1: Baseline Airborne Snow Observatory Flights for Basins with Poor Existing Coverage

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program, as established by the Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program Authorization Act, 2020, aims to advance emerging snow monitoring technologies and ultimately improve water supply forecasts. The Emerging Technologies in Snow Monitoring Report to Congress (Reclamation 2021a) provides more information on the program and the emerging technologies identified for advancement. The project described in this report is the result of initial program funding. The goal of this project is to catalog, identify and fund Airborne Snow Observatory (ASO) flights for subbasins in underserved snowmelt driven watersheds in the Western United States. As a result of this project, ASO flew its first flight in Wyoming, in the Northern Wind River Range, providing 50-meter snow water equivalent estimates. The area met the selection criteria and provided benefits to stakeholders in basins on both sides of the Continental Divide.
Generation Effort S&T Project SN1: Baseline Airborne Snow Observatory Flights for Basins with Poor Existing Coverage
Themes Water
Tags Snow Water Equivalent, Airborne Snow Observatory, Lidar
Reclamation Project Shoshone Project, Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program
Reclamation Program Science and Technology Program

Location Information

Location Description River basin of the Wind River and Bighorn River in Montana and Wyoming.
Location Tags Bighorn Lake, Yellowtail Dam, Boysen Reservoir, Boysen Dam, Buffalo Bill Reservoir, Buffalo Bill Dam, Bull Lake, Bull Lake Dam, Shoshone River, Bull Lake Creek
Location Parent
State(s) Montana, Wyoming
Unified Region(s) Missouri Basin
Timezone
Elevation [ N/A ]
Vertical Datum [ N/A ]
Coordinates (lat, long) See Location Details
Horizontal Datum WGS84