Arctic Rain on Snow Study

NSF logoThe Arctic Rain on Snow Study project is generously funded by the National Science Foundation Office of Polar Programs as part of their Navigating the New Arctic funding, award numbers 1558525 and 1558526.

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Arctic Rain on Snow Study


Mark Serreze Project Lead and Director of the CIRES National Snow and Ice Data Center

Team Members

Project Summary

When rain falls on an existing cover of snow, followed by cold temperatures, or falls as freezing rain, it can leave a hard crust. Surface melt followed by cold can do the same. There is growing evidence that such events are becoming more common in the rapidly warming Arctic, and it is increasingly recognized that they can have pronounced impacts on Arctic wildlife, domesticated reindeer, and human activities, like travel.