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Exit Glacier SNOTEL by SW_Alaska_Network

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Explore score
0.58 Gigapixels
Date added
Sep 15, 2011
Date taken
Sep 15, 2011

The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) installs, operates, and maintains an extensive, automated system to collect snowpack and related climatic data in the Western United States called SNOTEL (for SNOwpack TELemetry). The system evolved from NRCS's Congressional mandate in the mid-1930's "to measure snowpack in the mountains of the West and forecast the water supply." The programs began with manual measurements of snow courses; since 1980, SNOTEL has reliably and efficiently collected the data needed to produce water supply forecasts and to support the resource management activities of NRCS and others.

Climate studies, air and water quality investigations, and resource management concerns are all served by the modern SNOTEL network. The high-elevation watershed locations and the broad coverage of the network provide important data collection opportunities to researchers, water managers, and emergency managers for natural disasters such as floods.

The Exit Glacier SNOTEL is located near the Nature Center at Exit Glacier - aproximately 10 miles northwest of Seward Alaska. This new station is the result of a collaborative effort between Kenai Fjords National Park and the Alaska Snow Survey Program (Natural Resources Conservation Service). This weather station is fully automated and is powered by a solar panel and battery reserve. Weather observations are transmitted every hour and are available on the internet. Weather observations include temperature, wind speed and direction, precipitation, snow depth, snow water equivalent, relative humidity, and solar radiation. Current observations can be viewed online at ambcs.org Will open in a new tab or window/ select "Live Data From Alaska Telemetry Sites" and select "Exit Glacier" from the pull-down menu.

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GigaPan Stitch version 1.0.0805 (Windows)
Panorama size: 581 megapixels (35692 x 16300 pixels)
Input images: 117 (13 columns by 9 rows)
Field of view: 107.9 degrees wide by 49.3 degrees high (top=32.3, bottom=-17.0)
All default settings
Original image properties:
Camera make: Canon
Camera model: Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS
Image size: 3888x2592 (10.1 megapixels)
Capture time: 2011-09-15 08:17:04 - 2011-09-15 08:27:15
Aperture: f/4.5 - f/6.3
Exposure time: 0.00625 - 0.0666667
ISO: 200 - 800
Focal length (35mm equiv.): 161.9 mm
White balance: Automatic
Exposure mode: Automatic
Horizontal overlap: 32.3 to 41.9 percent
Vertical overlap: 33.0 to 34.9 percent
Computer stats: 4093.58 MB RAM, 4 CPUs
Total time 10:30 (5.4 seconds per picture)
Alignment: 5:47, Projection: 48 seconds, Blending: 3:55
(Preview finished in 7:21)

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