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M.S. defense - Sam Beane

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 9:00AM - 11:00AM

Sam Beane


Hydrologic response to foehn winds in the McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica


Did you know that “Chinook” means “Snow Eater” according to native American language? Chinook winds in the Rocky Mountains are comparable to “foehn” winds in Antarctica, and they are characterized by high temperature, high velocity and low humidity. In the McMurdo Dry Valleys, these winds have particular implications on sublimation, evaporation and melting of glaciers and lakes. This research explores improved methods for identifying these events and how they affect hydrology in the McMurdo Dry Valleys.