The Governor's Institute
Science
2001 Snow Studies

          Snow Density-
The mass of snow per unit volume which is equal to the water content of snow divided by its depth
 
 
 
 
 

Step One: Take a snow core sample and record the snow height in cm.


 
 

Step Two: Carry tube to scale being careful not to spill any of the sample

Step Three: Weigh the snow sample and record in kg.


 

Step Four: Calculate Density
 

Density = Mass/ Volume


 


See Our Data Graphs

- Water level in snow as a function of elevation

- Depth below the surface vs.snow temperature

- Snow Characteristics



Links

- How to find snow density the easy way

- Learn about density

- Find out how density relates to snow depth