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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Snowpack Management and Modifications

Authors
item Rango, Albert
item Dewalle, David - PENN STATE UNIV

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 1, 2008
Publication Date: July 7, 2008
Citation: Rango, A., Dewalle, D. 2008. Snowpack management and modifications. In: Dewalle, D., Rango, A., editors. Principles of Snow Hydrology. Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press. p. 365-391.

Interpretive Summary: No interpretive summary required.

Technical Abstract: Snow in the global environment is altered by human activity in many ways, some intentional and others inadvertent. Among the deliberate changes made to snowpacks are blowing snow management to benefit agriculture and transportation, forest management to protect and enhance water yields from snowpacks, urban snow management to improve transportation and habitation in developed areas, albedo modification to enhance snowmelt rates, and ski area management for enhanced and safe recreational opportunities. The major inadvertent change that may impact snowpacks is the possibility of global warming being forecast for the next century. This final chapter generally discusses these human-snow interactions from the viewpoint of the snow hydrologist.

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