New way to monitor snowpack could be critical in the arid West

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New way to monitor snowpack could be critical in the arid West

Lidar technology more accurately measures snow depth
Lidar is a Light Detection and Ranging device that can measure snow depth across a mountain range from an airplane. The red indicates deeper areas of snow. While using lidar to measure snow depth is costly, some say the price of having inaccurate water-flow predictions results in millions of dollars of water being lost each year.

New way to monitor snowpack could be critical in the arid West

Lidar is a Light Detection and Ranging device that can measure snow depth across a mountain range from an airplane. The red indicates deeper areas of snow. While using lidar to measure snow depth is costly, some say the price of having inaccurate water-flow predictions results in millions of dollars of water being lost each year.
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