Post Falls High School students,
Below are some historic SWE analyses completed by the Lake City High School IB Environmental Science Class for the Lookout Pass Snotel Site. See the map below for Snotel site locations within the Coeur d’Alene Watershed.
In the comment section below, respond to the following three questions. Your response for each question should be at least three sentences.
- How do the trends found on Lookout Pass compare to the trends that you found at the Quartz Peak Snotel site? Use evidence from your data.
- Which data set is more valid for making inferences about long term trends, Lookout or Quartz Peak? Why?
- Based on the data, and what you learned from Kat about winter ecology, discuss one example of how the trends you observed in the datasets may influence genetic diversity within the Coeur d’Alene basin.
LOOKOUT PASS DATA:
Lookout Pass Snotel Site Information:http://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/nwcc/site?sitenum=594&state=id
Data Source: USDA NRCS Snow Survey: Lookout Snotel Site
Analyzed by Lake City High School IB Environmental Science students
We noticed a decreased in the amount of SWE for 1950 to 2012.
These trends affect the fresh water resource use in our community by making the citizens more aware of their water usage.
The possible cause of this trend could be increasing temperatures in June resulting in increased evaporation rates