We are working in partnership with the Department of Water Resources and Pacific Gas and Electric to better characterize the spatial variability of the snow pack to help with predictions of water availability for downstream purposes, including hydro power generation and consumptive use. This is an exciting project using cutting edge measurement sensors and wireless sensor networks developed by colleagues at UC Berkeley to collect real time information in challenging mountain environments. Here is a poster about our ongoing work. For more about the project, here is a website and preliminary data portal for the Feather River Hydrologic Observatory (FRHO).
Measurement node installation next to the Buck's Lake snow pillow as part of our effort to better predict the quantity and timing of water available for downstream use from the Northern Sierra snowpack.