University of Calgary student Jocelyn Hirose will present Save Our Snowpack: What Glaciers in the Columbia Basin Can Tell Us About Snowpack

Save Our Snowpack presentation explores regional glaciers

The North Columbia Environmental Society is hosting the Revelstoke presentation of SOS: Save Our Snowpack, an evening presentation focusing on glaciers in the Columbia Basin and how they relate to snowpack.

The North Columbia Environmental Society is hosting the Revelstoke presentation of SOS: Save Our Snowpack, an evening presentation focusing on glaciers in the Columbia Basin and how they relate to snowpack.

The event is at the Revelstoke Community Centre this Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.

Here’s some info sent to us by the event organizers:

How does snowpack respond to climate change right here in the Columbia Basin? How do glaciers fit in? And what about the future of powder?

In the coming weeks, you can learn some snowpack science and watch a short film during SOS: Save Our Snowpack, an evening that brings you a double shot of awareness.

The evening will kick off with an audio-visual presentation by FD Productions that highlighting water in all its forms in the North Columbia.

First off, Jocelyn Hirose will present Save Our Snowpack: What Glaciers in the Columbia Basin Can Tell Us About Snowpack. Hirose, a M.Sc. candidate at the University of Calgary, will share her findings about snowpack and glaciers in the Columbia Basin.

“Save Our Snowpack and Generations will make for an interesting evening,” said Heather Leschied, with Wildsight. “Glaciers and snow are a huge part of our regional landscape.”

Leschied said the tour is a way to celebrate Canada Water Week. It’s being hosted by Wildsight, the North Columbia Environmental Society, the West Kootenay Eco Society, the Elk River Alliance and Joseph Creek Streamkeepers.

“Jocelyn Hirose monitors the Illecillewaet Glacier in Glacier National Park, British Columbia,” Leschied said. “Her work advances current understanding of the glaciated regions of the Columbia Basin: their sensitivity to climate and the impact climate change has on stream flow.”

For her part, Hirose feels it’s imperative to share her knowledge with basin residents. “I want to improve people’s understanding and involvement in the cryosphere,” she said. (For newbies, ‘cryosphere’ is the term that describes portions of the Earth’s surface where water is in solid form—glaciers, ice, snow and permafrost)

Many people who live in the basin are in active contact with the cryosphere all winter long – skiing, snowboarding and ice climbing. “Both the presentation and the film can help answer some questions people may have about glaciers, snowpack, climate change—and how it relates to them,” Leschied said.

Revelstoke: Friday, March 18 – Revelstoke Community Centre, 7 p.m. – hosted by the North Columbia Environmental Society.