Dr. Steven Fassnacht’s research focuses on snow hydrology and how a changing climate affects water resources in cold land regions. His projects examine the spatial and temporal variability of snowpack (and other earth system) properties using a variety of field measurements, station data and remotely sensed data. Past projects have used hydrological and snowpack models to evaluate datasets and model performance, while others have integrated social, ecological and/or hydro-climatological datasets to assess uncertainty, especially in regions with limited on-the-ground measurements.
Dr. Matt Ross is an ecosystem scientist interested in how people control and change the environment and how altered landscapes impact the streams and rivers that drain them. To explore how people reshape landscapes and create novel dominant controls of ecosystem processes, Matt uses a range of approaches including: remote sensing, in situ sensors, field data collection, and use of public datasets with data science techniques. All of this work aims to enhance our understanding of ecosystem change for scientists and society alike.