Elizabeth Burakowski

Earth Science Research Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire

Dr. Elizabeth Burakowski is a research assistant professor in the Institute for the study of Earth, oceans, and space and affiliate professor in the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of New Hampshire. Her research focuses on New England winter climate, snowpack properties, and the exchange of water and energy at the land-atmosphere interface. She uses climate models, remote sensing, and ground-based observations to study how changes in snowpack intersect with changes in land cover.

Burakowski partnered with Protect Our Winters and the Natural Resources Defense Council to produce a landmark report, Climate Impacts on the Winter Tourism Economy in the United States (2012) and co-authored a follow-up report in 2018, The Economic Contributions of Winter Sports in a Changing Climate .She teaches Introduction to Climate and Paleoclimatology at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Earth Sciences.

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Weird Winters

Warmer, shorter winters may sound like a relief, especially on the heels of this year’s deep-freeze in Texas and record blizzards in Wyoming and Colorado. But rising temperatures and smaller snowpacks could disrupt more than just ski vacations.

“The snow sports industry contributes about $20 billion to the U.S. economy every year,” says Mario Molina, CEO of Protect Our Winters, “and in low snow years or shortened winters, that contribution goes down by about $1 billion.”