Dr. Ethan Greene to present Avalanche Science lecture at the Buena Vista Community Center, September 13
Dr. Ethan Greene, Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center (CAIC) and instructor of the avalanche science program at Colorado Mountain College, will present the Collegiate Peaks Forum Series lecture “Avalanche Science: The Cold Facts” at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13, at the Buena Vista Community Center. The avalanche science lecture is free to the public and refreshments will be served. The Buena Vista Community Center is located at 715 E. Main Street, Buena Vista, CO.
Dr. Greene has been the Director of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center since 2005. He has worked as a ski patroller at Big Sky Ski Resort in Montana and as Avalanche Specialist at the U.S. Forest Service’s Utah Avalanche Forecast Center. He is currently an instructor and technical advisor for Colorado Mountain College’s avalanche science program.
Dr. Greene recognized the need for an experiential avalanche program geared toward industry professionals, and worked with Colorado Mountain College to develop the program’s curriculum. CMC now offers a two-year certificate program in avalanche science geared toward practical applications for avalanche safety operations.
Dr. Greene attributes lower avalanche fatality rates in recent years to an increase in safety training and education, with more than 7,000 people attending the CAIC’s Know Before You Go avalanche awareness programs last year. For more information on the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, including forecasts, observations, accident data, and education, visit www.colorado.gov/avalanche.
Dr. Greene studied meteorology at the University of Utah and holds an M.S. in atmospheric science and a Ph.D. in geoscience, both from Colorado State University, where he studied atmospheric science, specifically atmospheric modeling and snowdrift formation. He has also examined the importance of the micro-scale structure on the thermal and mechanical properties of snow in Colorado and Switzerland.
He has published scholarly articles on snow, weather, and avalanches and is a member of national and international working groups on snow and avalanche projects. He is the primary author of Snow, Weather, and Avalanches: Observation Guidelines for Avalanche Programs in the United States and The International Classification for Seasonal Snow on the Ground.
Please join us for this enlightening, free lecture! The Collegiate Peaks Forum Series, in its 16th year, is a free lecture series with presentations in Leadville, Buena Vista, and Salida. For more information about the CPFS, visit www.collegiatepeaksforum.org.
For more information about the Avalanche Science program, please visit www.coloradomtn.edu/avalanche-science.