Area of Study
Science and Mathematics
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
Dunn Dias Ferreira, Isabella Rose and Henning, Charlie H., "Black Carbon on Mount Rainier" (2021). Summer Research. 394.
University of Puget Sound