Precipitation, Winds & Drifting Snow (Matthew Sturm)

Video Shot in: 2022

Matthew Sturm expresses his personal interest in studying drifting snow and its significance in the context of climate change. He highlights how climate change discussions often focus on temperature and precipitation, but wind is a crucial factor that shapes the Arctic’s snow patterns. Despite its importance, little attention has been given to predicting future wind patterns in the Arctic. Drifts of snow are particularly significant in determining the region’s snow conditions, impacting both accumulation and loss of snow through sublimation. Sturm and his team have been studying snow drifts and their quantities, hoping to conduct a drift census to better understand the overall snow landscape.