Mark F. Heggli, Innovative Hydrology, Auburn, CA; and B. Dunn, A. W. Huggins, J. Denholm, L. Angri, and T. Luker
The purpose of this research program is to investigate the economic and environmental feasibility of augmenting snow precipitation for hydrogeneration and water supply requirements.
The SPERP is being undertaken by Snowy Hydro Limited during the winter months from 2004 to 2009.
The first year of the program (2004) consisted of testing equipment and procedures to be used during the randomized experiment, which will run from 2005 to 2009.
The SPERP will be evaluated using both traditional statistical techniques and a newer snow chemistry method, and will involve randomized operation of twelve ground-based silver iodide generators, paired with generators releasing an indium tracer.
The project configuration involves an array of snow profiling sites and high-resolution precipitation gauges located in both the target area and control area.