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Aquatic and Riparian Ecosystems
My general interests are related to surface hydrology. My primary interest is snow hydrology and specialties within this area include snow distribution and snowmelt modeling. I have active research programs in multiscale mountain hydrology, satellite estimation of snow-covered area beneath clouds, glacier mass balance, and alpine climatology. Other strengths include field techniques for hydrological and climatological studies, GIS, GPS, and remote sensing analytical capabilities.
Cline, D., K. Elder, B. Davis, J. Hardy, G.E. Liston, D. Imel, S.H. Yueh, A.J. Gasiewski, G. Koh, R.L. Armstrong, M. Parsons, Overview of the NASA cold land processes field experiment (CLPX-2002), Proceedings, internation symposium, 2002 October 24-25, Hnagzhou, China, Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers, Vol. 4894: 361-372, 2003.
Balk, B. and K. Elder, Combining binary decision tree and geostatistical methods to estimate snow distribution in a mountain watershed, Water Resources Research, 36, 13-26, 2000.
Elder, K., W. Rosenthal and R. Davis, Estimating the spatial distribution of snow water equivalence in a montane watershed, Hydrological Processes, 12, 1793-1808, 1998.
Cline, D., K. Elder, and R. Bales, Scale effects in a distributed SWE and snowmelt model for mountain basins, Hydrological Processes, 12, 1527-1536, 1998.
Elder, K., J. Dozier, and J. Michaelsen, Snow accumulation and distribution in an alpine watershed, Water Resources Research, 27, 1541-1552, 1991.
Kattelmann, R. and K. Elder, Hydrologic characteristics and water balance of an alpine basin in the Sierra Nevada, Water Resources Research, 27, 1553-1562, 1991.
American Geophysical Union, Hydrological Section
International Association of Hydrological Sciences
Western Snow Conference, Chair, Southwest Continental Section
American Avalanche Association
USDA Forest Service
Rocky Mountain Research Station
240 West Prospect Rd.
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 498-1233
Fax: (970) 498-1212
USDA Forest Service - RMRS - RWU4352