Nikolas Aksamit

    Nikolas Aksamit

    PhD student, University of Saskatchewan, Centre for Hydrology (Supervisor: John Pomeroy)

    Thesis Topic: High Frequency Turbulent Transport of Blowing Snow in Alpine Terrain

    Wind driven redistribution of snow is a natural phenomenon that has profound impacts on avalanche safety, cold climates engineering, and annual water budgets. Wind loading affects springtime snow depletion rates and acts as a large component of growth for most small mountain glaciers. In complex terrain, this process is further complicated by topographically driven (or influenced) turbulent structures spanning a wide spectrum of temporal and spatial scales. My research investigates non-steady blowing snow mechanics in alpine terrain, focusing on saltation initiation, transition to suspension, and connections with coherent near surface boundary layer structures. Utilizing Particle Tracking Velocimetry and high frequency wind measurements in a natural alpine environment allows further refinement of our understanding of the physical process driving blowing snow.

    See the Spotlight on Student Research: Studying the mechanics of blowing snow in alpine terrain


    Awards and Scholarships

    • Robert Falside Stoddart Memorial Scholarship, 2016
    • American Geophysical Union Cryosphere Innovation Award for Students, 2015
    • J.H. Richards Graduate Award, University of Saskatchewan, 2014
    • Saskatchewan Innovation and Opportunity Scholarship, University of Saskatchewan, 2014
    • Department of Geography, Graduate Student Scholarship, 2013-Present

    Educational Background

    • BSc, MSc Mathematics at University of Utah