What’s in Your Snowpack? Snow, Water, and Crowdsourcing Science

Science on Tap - Oregon & Washington
Science on Tap - Oregon & Washington
Public group

Kiggins Theatre

1011 Main Street · Vancouver, WA

How to find us

This event is also open to the public, but there will be a designated area inside for Meetup Members to get together at 6:30pm. Look for the Meetup sign.

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Date: Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Time: Doors open at 6:00pm, Meetup Group at 6:30pm, Event starts at 7:00pm.

Meet inside the theater at 6:30 p.m. to talk with your fellow group members for a bit before the show starts. Look for the Meetup sign.

Location: Kiggins Theatre, (http://kigginstheatre.com/) 1011 Main Street, Vancouver, Wash.

Cost: $9 online advance tickets*, $10 at the door**, $5 student
This is an all-ages event.

Please Note: RSVP-ing "yes" to these events does not automatically get you in the door. You must either purchase tickets in advance (ticket details above), or if we have not sold out, you may buy tickets at the door.

Food & Drink: Beer, wine, pizza slices, popcorn, and snacks available.

Event Description:
Snow is an essential part of our water resources here in the Pacific Northwest and in other mountain environments. Snowpack stores water and slowly releases it to downstream locations in the springtime, and stream ecology, agriculture, and thirsty people all benefit. And let’s not forget the incredible recreational resource that snow provides to the Pacific Northwest before it melts. Understanding the distribution and evolution of our snowpack is therefore important but can be difficult for many reasons: it’s cold, the days are short, and it’s hard to get to it. At this Science on Tap, David Hill will discuss some of the ways in which we observe and study snow, and he will introduce ways that YOU can help collect scientific data on snow depth for NASA by getting involved with citizen science. Wax your boards, tune your edges, and help improve what we know about the snow.

David Hill https://cce.oregonstate.edu/hill is a professor at Oregon State University and a National Geographic Explorer. For over 25 years, he has studied how water behaves as it travels from mountain headwaters to coastal environments. He currently co-leads the Community Snow Observations http://communitysnowobs.org project, one of six citizen science projects funded by NASA to improve understanding of our physical environment. Hill has recently been an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. No matter the hemisphere, if it’s spring, you’ll find him out surveying the snow between mountain summit and trailhead.

Event Website


Science on Tap is a science lecture series where you can sit back, enjoy a pint, and laugh while you learn. Listen to experts talk about the science in your neighborhood and around the world. You don’t have to be a science geek to have fun—all you need is a thirst for knowledge!


Science on Tap at the Kiggins is produced in partnership with Washington State University Vancouver (http://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/).


*A note on advance ticket prices: There is a fee for purchase, but this ticket guarantees a seat at the event start time of 7:00pm. In the event of a sold out show, tickets not redeemed by 7:10pm may be released.

**A note on the suggested cover: Science on Tap is largely supported by money collected at the door from advance and box office ticket sales. However, we are committed to offering educational opportunities to adults who want to learn. If the event still has seats available and if $10 is a hardship for you, please come anyway and donate what you can.