Online Originals: ECU professor deploys snow sensors for climate change research

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ECU Snow Sensors Deployment Follow Up

Earlier this month, Dr. Dan Dickerson deployed the snow sensor prototypes in Alaska to conduct climate change research.

The latest update from Dr. Dan Dickerson since deployment is that the sensors are working great.

The prototypes are collecting the data that they needed.

The next step is to bring it back home and make changes based on the information Dr. Dickerson gathered.

These instruments will better provide more data points to improve predictive models and allow us to know more about how the climate is changing all over the world.

It will also help to analyze how climate change impacts the frequency and intensity of hurricanes.

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An ECU professor deploys snow sensors in Alaska for climate change research.

Over the past few months students and faculty have worked on these snow sensors.

Dr. Dan Dickerson is deploying them outside of the northern most city in Alaska.

These devices will measure the melting on top and under the snow.

ECU engineering students and faculty helped by developing the design and coding for the sensors. 

Through this they faced many unknowns such as how the coding will take to the extreme temperatures and the purity of the water.

Dr. Zhen Zhu wanted the protoypes to be small and economical. 

To follow along the journey check out ECU’s social media accounts.

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