Mountain Meteorology

Mountain meteorology at AORG is focused on studying a variety of topics including snowfall distribution, surface-atmosphere energy exchange, forest effects on snowfall and snowpack ablation, and impacts of climate change on montane regions.

We focus heavily on the measurement and quantification of atmospheric and hydrologic variables through the deployment of instrumentation towers within the sub-alpine and alpine regions of the Snowy Mountains in Southeastern Australia.

Current research activity in AORG's mountain meteorology focus is the Trees Effect on Snowpack Energetics Experiment (TESEE) and more details on the project can be found on the Current Projects page.

Dr. Hamish McGowan talks about the energy balance of the snowpack in the Snowy Mountains of Southeast Australia and why it's important

PhD Candidate Andrew Schwartz discusses his ongoing research, why the snowpack and forest of the Snowy Mountains is unique, and how water storage in the area can be altered by bushfire.

Dead Treed Site Instrumentation Tower as part of TESEE

EC Tower deployment in the Snowy Mountains, New South Wales