Dr. Mckenzie Skiles- Assistant Professor University of Utah
Dr. McKenzie Skiles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Utah. She holds a PhD in Geography from the University of California – Los Angeles, an MS degree in Geography, BS degrees in Geography and Environmental Studies and a GIS certificate – all from the University of Utah. McKenzie is a snow optics specialist, knowledge which she has applied to one of her main research trajectories; investigating the impacts of mineral dust and black carbon deposition on snow. Additional research interests include mountain and snow hydrology, snow energy balance, remote sensing of the cryosphere, and cryosphere-climate interaction.
- Who should attend?
Those that have interest in snow optics, and are involved and/ or have interest in snow and ice application studies for climate and environmental monitoring purposes, and want to learn how the ASD FieldSpec spectroradiometer can be used for data measurement purposes.
- Why attend?
To learn the importance of snow optical property studies for earth system models of climate, weather, and hydrology and how the ASD FieldSpec spectroradiometer aids in these studies.
- What will you learn?
• The importance of studying snow optical properties and collecting measurements to validate remote sensing retrievals and constrain earth system models for climate, weather, and hydrology.
• How an ASD FieldSpec® spectroradiometer can be used to measure solar irradiance and snow reflectance/albedo, and how these measurements can be leveraged to retrieve additional snow properties like effective snow grain size and radiative forcing by light absorbing particles.
• How a drone and other equipment have been paired with the FieldSpec instrument to further advance our understanding of snow energy and mass balance, with examples from recent field campaigns.