Meet Florent Domine, Snow Researcher

Video Shot in: 2009

Snow expert Dr. Florent Domine studies the physics and chemistry of snow. His team measures the atmospheric gasses that are emitted by snow. They draw snow samples from different locations. One of the major focuses of his study is on organic compounds, crucial in snowpack photochemistry. Domine also analyzes the physical properties of the snowpack, measuring the surface area by taking a block of snow and cutting it into four pieces to test reproducibility. His team also measures infrared reflectance by exposing the snow to an infrared diode laser. They keep their instruments warm enough to operate on the snow and study the variation in snow stratigraphy by digging a long trench to see the snow layers starting and finishing at different spots.