Faculty Advisor

Neshyba, Steven

Area of Study

Science and Mathematics

Publication Date

Summer 2021


Mount Rainier’s snowpack is an essential aspect of Washington State’s ecosystem as it is a critical source of fresh water for over five major river systems. The purpose of this study is to analyze how climate change is affecting the snow’s melt rate, which in turn has a major effect on the state as a whole. Anthropogenic activities, like the burning of fossil fuels, result in the accumulation of black carbon (BC) in snow, expediting its melting process. This research will determine the concentration of BC equivalent in Rainier’s snowpack using the Light Absorbing Heating Method (LAHM) and various coding software.


Clare Boothe Luce


University of Puget Sound