MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGIES FOR ARID RANGELANDS
Location: Range Management Research
Title: Principles of Snow Hydrology
Submitted to: Complete Book
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2008
Publication Date: July 1, 2008
Citation: Dewalle, D., Rango, A. 2008. Principles of Snow Hydrology. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press. 410 p.
Snow hydrology is a specialized field of hydrology that is of particular importance for high latitudes and mountainous terrain. In many parts of the world, river and groundwater supplies for domestic, irrigation, industrial and ecosystem needs are generated from snowmelt, and an in-depth understanding of snow hydrology is of clear importance. Study of the impacts of global warming has also stimulated interest in snow hydrology because increased air temperatures are projected to have major impacts on the snow hydrology of cold regions. This book describes the factors that control the accumulation, melting, and runoff of water from seasonal snow packs over the surface of the earth. The book addresses not only the basic principles governing snow in the hydrologic cycle, but also the latest applications of remote sensing, and principles applicable to modeling Streamflow from snowmelt across large, mixed land use river basins. Individual chapters are devoted to climatology and distribution of snow, ground-based measurements and remote sensing of snowpack characteristics, snowpack energy exchange, snow chemistry, modeling snowmelt runoff (including the SRM model developed by Rango and others), and principles of snowpack management on urban, agricultural, forests, and range lands. This book is invaluable for al those needing an in-depth knowledge of snow hydrology. It is a reference book for practicing water resources managers and a textbook for advanced hydrology and water resources courses which span fields such as engineering, Earth sciences, meteorology, biogeochemistry, forestry and range management, and water resources planning.