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X-Snow Workshop: Citizen Scientists Needed!

Thursday, Dec 6, 2018

6:00 PM — 8:00 PM
2910 Broadway, New York, NY 10025
Room/Area: Hogan A

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Marco Tedesco, who studies snow and ice at Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, is leading an investigation into the properties of snow in the eastern U.S. The study will provide a deeper understanding of how snow is different from place to place, and how it's fluctuating from season to season and over the long-term in response to climate change.

Snow conditions can vary from even one side of the street to another, so it's important for the team to collect as much data as possible. But the team can't be everywhere all at once. That's why Tedesco, in partnership with WNYC, is asking for help from citizen scientists. Using simple tools, anyone can measure the properties of snow to help out with the study. The project is called X-Snow, after the X-Men comic books, "because every citizen has the superpower to help us," says Tedesco.

The goal of this workshop is to train this season's X-Snow scouters in documenting and identifying snow properties. Participants will be able to teach others from their respective groups once snow falls, allowing for multiple types of scouters to be followed throughout the winter.

Workshop Duration: 2 hours Agenda:

  • Intro from Marco about X-Snow
  • Demos on different ways to measure snow (different properties, conditions to report, ways to photograph)
  • Look at resources for getting equipment
  • How to share documentation
  • Hands-on: make a lightbox

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