I understand I've missed some exciting weather in northern Utah, but I have been in Steamboat Springs this week teaching an immersive course in mountain field research at Storm Peak Lab with Drs. Gannet Hallar and Sebastian Hoch. We brought 14 graduate students here thanks to support from the National Science Foundation.
|Hungry students after the long drive to Steamboat|
Storm Peak Lab is a mountaintop observing facility that has operated at one location or another near the top of Steamboat Springs Ski Area for more than 40 years. The current facility was constructed in 1995. The University of Utah recently took over operations of the lab from the Desert Research Institute.
We've also had students looking at black carbon, which is emitted, for example, by coal fired power plants upstream of Storm Peak Lab, and attending the Yampa Basin Rendezvous, which has also been going on this week and is examining water resiliency in the Yampa Basin. Finally, there are three students from my class who could not attend as they are participating in another field campaign in the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of Africa. These students will be examining how the topography of those islands affects cloud and precipitation development.
The entire week has been a great learning experience for students and instructors. I hope to be able to incorporate such activities into future classes.