U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resource Conservation Service SNOTEL (SNOwpack TELemetry) (SNOTEL)

Updated 2012-07-25

Collect snow data and related environmental parameters for streamflow forecasting. Locations: Sixty one (61), see http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/snotel/Alaska/alaska. Main gaps: Lack of resources for equipment and staff. Access to potential observing sites is limited, and disallowed in some cases, due to land status or their location in public lands designated and/or proposed as wilderness areas.

Time frame

Project time span
1958 -
Data collection
1958 -
Data processing
1958 -
Data reporting
1958 -

Contact information

Contact person
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Richard McClure, Natural Resource Conservation Service, Alaska State Office

Parameters and Media

Parameter groups measured/observed/modelled
Media sampled/studied/modelled


Regions studied

Data availability

Samples/specimens archived in specimen banks?

Methods & Procedures

Procedures and methodology used for, e.g., sampling and sample storage, sample pretreatment, extraction and analysis, including which laboratories are involved, references to methods employed, etc.

Snow water equivalent (SWE), snow depth, total precipitation, air temperature, solar radiation, relative humidity, barometric pressure, wind speed and direction, soil moisture/soil temperature.

Additional Information

Is this a bi- AND multi-lateral project (i.e. a project involving cooperation between different countries)?
Other institutes involved in the project

Natural Resources Conservation Service, US Dept of Agriculture (NRCS)

Is this project reporting to other organizations/programmes?

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