Inspiration

Not being able to breathe.

What it does

Presents snowmelt data.

How we built it

Built on Google Earth Engine

Challenges we ran into

Google Earth Engine was a platform none of us were familiar with, as such, getting accustomed to the service posed as a challenge in the starting phase of our project.

Accomplishments that we're proud of

Incorporating large datasets into our project, and moreover, working on a hack for environmental betterment!

What we learned

Early snowmelt poses a serious risk to the surrounding ecosystem. The global warming side-effect often renders the environment vulnerable to wildfires, among other natural disasters.

What's next for The More You Snow

We want to bring our data closer to the user, by providing suggestions based on data collected, as to what the user may do to combat global warming within their community.

Annual Snowmelt Analysis (Todo add this somewhere else)

  • A reduction in high melt rates could mean fewer spring floods, which could lower the risk of infrastructure damage but also negatively affect riparian ecosystems.
  • Changes in the timing and amount of snowmelt runoff could also cause warmer stream temperatures, which would affect trout and other fish species, and the expected decrease in streamflow could cause shortages in urban water supplies.
  • The earlier snowmelt could explain recent research that suggests the average streamflow in watersheds encompassing snowy mountains may decline as the climate warms - even if the total amount of precipitation in the watershed remains unchanged.
  • When snowpack melts more slowly, the resulting water lingers in the soil, giving plants more opportunity to take up the moisture. Water absorbed by plants is water that doesn't make it into the stream, potentially reducing flows.

Puns

  • snow pain, snow gain
  • everything you need to snow about
  • it's snow or never
  • snow better time than now
  • takes one to snow one

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