Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Geology and University Honors
Over the 2020-2021 Winter, event-based and end-of-season snow samples were collected on Mt. Hood near Government Camp, OR and analyzed for their stable isotopic compositions of 18O and 2H. It was found that surficial snow collected through the winter had higher variation in isotopic values than samples from a snow pit collected in spring. This suggests homogenization occurred in the snowpack over the season from snow metamorphism, sublimation, and/or melting. Homogenization of the snowpack will likely become more pronounced as temperatures increase and rain falls more often than snow due to climate change. Research that utilizes the snowpack as a proxy for precipitation may become less reliable due to this modification from isotopic redistribution.
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Felix, Maya, "A Study of Stable Isotopes in Snow on Mt. Hood, Oregon" (2021). University Honors Theses. Paper 1054.