Snow remote sensing has been underway for more than 40 years, and is today (in a warming world) more critical than ever. While there are a number of societies and unions that deal with snow in general, there has not been a society or group specifically focused on seasonal snow and remote sensing. Nonetheless, a real snow and remote sensing community exists and understands it has a clear mission: to provide the techniques and methods needed to answer the world’s pressing snow problems. The SWGR and this website is the home for that community.
New technologies, and innovative ways of working with older technologies, show great promise today for snow remote sensing. Data assimilation methods and modeling snow stochastically and physically now can partner with more classic snow remote sensing techniques to produce high quality products and to answer pressing snow questions. At the recent NASA Snow Remote Sensing Workshop in Boulder CO (August 14-16) the NASA Snow Working Group-Remote Sensing (NASA SWGR) was set up. This is its website.
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