Provost's Distinguished Lecturer: Ed Adams
- Tuesday, December 5, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
- Museum of the Rockies
“The Perpetually Evolving Structure of a Snowpack” is a free public lecture that will take place at 7 p.m. in the Museum of the Rockies’ Hager Auditorium and will be followed by a reception at 8 p.m.
Adams, a distinguished professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at MSU, is an internationally recognized expert in snow science. His interest in the field was sparked by his experiences as a backcountry skier at Utah’s legendary Alta Ski Area in the 1970s. He came to Bozeman to earn a bachelor’s in Earth sciences at MSU, then a master’s and Ph.D. in engineering, all the while researching how snow works. He has contributed significantly to MSU's reputation as a premier university for studying snow in a laboratory and natural environment.
Adams’ presentation will likely hold some surprises for the person whose primary relationship with snow is shoveling it off the sidewalk or riding it downhill. He will discuss snow microstructure and its interplay with snowpack, with implications for avalanche safety in the backcountry. According to Adams, snow is so complex and ever-changing that scientists will be challenged to fully understand it.