SCIENCE ON TAP

Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!
January 8th at 7pm

WHAT’S IN YOUR SNOWPACK? SNOW, WATER, AND CROWDSOURCING SCIENCE

 
Snow is an essential part of our water resources here in the Pacific Northwest and in other mountain environments. Snowpack stores water and slowly releases it to downstream locations in the springtime, and stream ecology, agriculture, and thirsty people all benefit. And let’s not forget the incredible recreational resource that snow provides to the Pacific Northwest before it melts. Understanding the distribution and evolution of our snowpack is therefore important but can be difficult for many reasons: it’s cold, the days are short, and it’s hard to get to it. At this Science on Tap, David Hill will discuss some of the ways in which we observe and study snow, and he will introduce ways that YOU can help collect scientific data on snow depth for NASA by getting involved with citizen science. Wax your boards, tune your edges, and help improve what we know about the snow.
 
David Hill is a professor at Oregon State University and a National Geographic Explorer. For over 25 years, he has studied how water behaves as it travels from mountain headwaters to coastal environments. He currently co-leads the Community Snow Observations project, one of six citizen science projects funded by NASA to improve understanding of our physical environment. Hill has recently been an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. No matter the hemisphere, if it’s spring, you’ll find him out surveying the snow between mountain summit and trailhead.

Showtimes

Wed, 1/8/20 tix7:00 PM
When: Doors at 6:00pm, event at 7:00pm
Cost: $9.00 Advance tickets.
$10.00* suggested cover at the door.
Food and Drink: Beer, wine, popcorn, pizza slices, and snacks available.
For more info: visit  VIA Productions.
*A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is supported, in part, by money collected at the door. We are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn, so if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.