Undergraduate Honors Theses

Thesis Defended

Spring 2013

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The purpose of this study was to review how Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) operates and apply it to a snowpack to distinguish how snow depth changes with respect to changes in vegetation. Three transects were taken in areas with differing vegetation patterns at Hogan Park, Steamboat Springs, CO. These transects were correlated with probe measurements at varying distances and also used as reference depths for applying the wave settings. A 1.6GHz antenna was used for all three transects and exceeded depths of 2m. This study shows a successful application of GPR on a moderate depth snowpack, finding distinct differences in snow accumulation under changing canopies. While also assessing the limitations to the technology and providing preliminary solutions for future improvements for the varying field of GPR.