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Research Project: Changing Relationships Between Snowpack and Surface Climate in the Upper Rio Grande Basin

Location: Range Management Research

Project Number: 3050-11210-009-64-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Jul 15, 2019
End Date: Jun 30, 2021

Objective:
This project aims to assess the mechanisms to better understand how these mechanisms contribute to runoff reduction. These results may apply to a prototype sublimation mapper in the Upper Rio Grande. This sublimation mapper is a proof-of-concept that could be expanded and applied to other regions in future efforts. Once these mechanisms are better described, then water managers can better plan for future climate impacts on runoff and available water resources.

Approach:
Carry out pilot analysis using in situ SNOTEL data in the upper Rio Grande basin to assess as many of the candidate mechanisms as the data allow. Communicate results to the Bureau of Reclamation as informational to the Rio Grande Basin Study. Apply results to prototype sublimation mapper for the Upper Rio Grande.