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

Data set creator(s): Donald Walker

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A snowfence was built in 1993 on the Niwot Ridge Saddle grid to determine the effects of changes in snowpack on a number of variables. The study area was 60m x 125m. Snow depths were measured at each of 147 points within the snowfence experiment area and at 6 control locations outside of but near the snowfence experiment area. Of the 147 points, 84 were located on the leeward (east) side of the snowfence, 56 were located on the windward (west) side of the snowfence, and 7 were located along the snowfence itself. These measurements were made weekly to biweekly. Sampling locations were each given a unique point indentification number so that these data could be incorporated into the Saddle GIS. The snowfence was oriented in a north/south direction and was 60 m long. Each of the point identification numbers had a coordinate within the experiment area. The first number of the coordinate was the distance in m from the snowfence in an east/west direction, negative numbers being west of the snowfence and positive numbers being east of the fence. The second number in the coordinate was the distance in m from the southern terminus of the snowfence in a northerly direction.


The southern terminus of the 60-m fence is to be 25 m west of Saddle grid stake #28 and 25 m east of Saddle grid stake #27; the snowfence study area thus included or touched Saddle grid stakes #27, 28, 29, 37, 38, and 39. Original data are stored at the Mountain Research Station or with the NWT LTER data manager.

Date Range:

1992-10-30 to ongoing


weekly to biweekly


snow depth

Location: Saddle snowfence

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 snowfence 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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