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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Developing Time-Series Climate Surfaces to Drive Topographically Distributed Energy-and Water-Balance Models

item Susong, Dave - USGS
item Marks, Daniel
item Garen, David - NRCS

Submitted to: Western Snow Conference Proceedings
Publication Type: Abstract Only
Publication Acceptance Date: April 20, 1998
Publication Date: N/A

Technical Abstract: Topographically distributed energy-and water-balance models can accurately simulate both the development and melting of a seasonal snowcover in mountain basins. The models require time-series climate surfaces of air temperature, humidity, wind, precipitation, and solar and thermal radiation. If data are available, these parameters can be adequately estimated at time steps of 1 to 3 hours. Unfortunately, climate monitoring in mountain basins is very limited, and the full range of elevations and exposures that affect climate conditions, snow deposition, and snowmelt is seldom sampled. However, detailed time-series climate surfaces have been successfully developed using limited data and relatively simple methods. A synopsis of the tools and methods used to combine limited data with simple is presented.

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