Title

Exploring the evidence of climate change through snowfall over the Washington Cascades

Document Type

Oral Presentation

Campus where you would like to present

Ellensburg

Event Website

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source

Start Date

18-5-2020

Abstract

This will be a analysis of the historic snowfall on Snoqualmie and Sherman Washington state mountain passes to examine the possibility that Washington is undergoing climate change. I have used numerical and statistical methods to analyze the data, predict outcomes, and look for patterns to explore the evidence, or lack thereof, of climate change. Climate change can be described as the change in the atmosphere on the Earth by human and natural causes. Other scientific reports including patterns in snow melt and signs of climate change were reviewed for this project and will be used to help further the significance of my data and findings. This work is important for the mountain communities as snow provides important environmental and economic support for neighboring cities and towns. Most of the snow pack from the season melts into reservoirs to provide a main source of water. The local winter resorts also benefit from the snow as these businesses are impacted by financial losses with short seasons and lack of snow. If Washington is undergoing some significant climate change, then I predicted that the patterns already found and researched will be mirrored in my snowfall reports. This presentation will share my results, supported with numerical methods and statistical plots to predict and analyze the historic patterns.

Faculty Mentor(s)

Brandy Wiegars

Department/Program

Mathematics

Additional Mentoring Department

https://cwu.studentopportunitycenter.com/2020/04/exploring-the-evidence-of-climate-change-through-snowfall-over-the-washington-cascades/

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May 18th, 12:00 PM

Exploring the evidence of climate change through snowfall over the Washington Cascades

Ellensburg

This will be a analysis of the historic snowfall on Snoqualmie and Sherman Washington state mountain passes to examine the possibility that Washington is undergoing climate change. I have used numerical and statistical methods to analyze the data, predict outcomes, and look for patterns to explore the evidence, or lack thereof, of climate change. Climate change can be described as the change in the atmosphere on the Earth by human and natural causes. Other scientific reports including patterns in snow melt and signs of climate change were reviewed for this project and will be used to help further the significance of my data and findings. This work is important for the mountain communities as snow provides important environmental and economic support for neighboring cities and towns. Most of the snow pack from the season melts into reservoirs to provide a main source of water. The local winter resorts also benefit from the snow as these businesses are impacted by financial losses with short seasons and lack of snow. If Washington is undergoing some significant climate change, then I predicted that the patterns already found and researched will be mirrored in my snowfall reports. This presentation will share my results, supported with numerical methods and statistical plots to predict and analyze the historic patterns.

https://digitalcommons.cwu.edu/source/2020/COTS/77