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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Point and Distributed Simulation of Snowcover Mass-and Energy-Balance in a Boreal Forest

item Marks, Daniel

Submitted to: Trans American Geophysical Union
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: November 10, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: The accurate simulation of snowpack deposition and ablation beneath forest canopies is complicated by the fact that vegetation canopies strongly affect the snow surface energy balance. Data collected as part of the BOREAS experiment are used to derive a series of simple canopy adjustments, and drive a 2-layer coupled energy-and mass-balance snowmelt model to simulate the deposition and ablation of the seasonal snowpack at six forested sites within the Canadian boreal forest for the 1994-1995 snow season. Techniques developed for the point simulation are used in conjunction with commonly available landcover data (DEM, canopy species and height)to spatially distribute climate surfaces and drive a 2-layer coupled energy-and mass-balance snowmelt model over the BOREAS Northern and Southern study areas for the 1994-1995 snow season.

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