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Snow depth data for Saddle grid from 1992-10-30 to ongoing, weekly to biweekly

Data set creator(s): Donald Walker

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The depth of snow was measured at 88 points on the Saddle grid. The 500 x 350 m study area (17.5 ha) consisted of a grid of 8 rows of stakes in an east/west direction and 11 rows of stakes in a north/south direction (for a total of 88 stakes). The stakes were located 50 m apart. Each stake was given a point identification number starting with 1 in the southwest corner and progressing in an easterly direction for each of the east/west rows so that if the head of this file represented the north compass point and the tail represented the south compass point, then the grid would look like this:

71   72   73   74   75   76   77   78   79   80   801(=80A)
61   62   63   64   65   66   67   68   69   70   701(=70A)
51   52   53   54   55   56   57   58   59   60   601(=60A)
41   42   43   44   45   46   47   48   49   50   501(=50A)
31   32   33   34   35   36   37   38   39   40   401(=40A)
21   22   23   24   25   26   27   28   29   30   301(=30A)
11   12   13   14   15   16   17   18   19   20   201(=20A)
1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9   10   101(=10A)

Note that stakes along the east boundary of the grid, i.e. those ending with the "A", were given new designations in order to facilitate incorporation of the data into the Saddle GIS. Snow depths at each of the stakes were recorded on a weekly to biweekly basis throughout the period during which snow accumulation existed on the Saddle.


Study area was the Niwot Ridge Saddle grid. Original data are stored with the NWT LTER data manager and at the Mountain Research Station.

Date Range:

1992-10-30 to ongoing


weekly to biweekly


snow depth

Location: Saddle grid

At a glance:

Saddle site
Elevation: 3500 m


Location Group: Saddle

Found within: Niwot Ridge (USFS - UNESCO Biosphere Reserve)
Located in: USFS - UNESCO Biosphere Reserve
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More data from: Saddle

Core Data Set: No
Discipline: Hydrology
Award Or Grant: DEB1637686

Data Citation

Walker, Donald. 2019. Snow depth data for Saddle grid from 1992-10-30 to ongoing, weekly to biweekly.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Cooperative Agreement #DEB-1637686. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necesarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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