Sustainability

When wildfire burns a high mountain forest, what happens to the snow and runoff?

GREELEY, Colorado – Researchers are studying burned areas high in the Colorado Rockies to see how wildfires affect snow accumulation, snowmelt and water supplies across the West. They’re finding that there’s no simple answer: “The scale (of fire damage) that we're experiencing now, we actually don't know what the hydrologic impacts will be,” said Anne Nolin, a geography professor at the University of Nevada, Reno.