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The performance of a simple degree-day estimate of snow accumulation to an alpine watershed

Posted date: May 28, 2015
Publication Year: 
1991
Authors: Sommerfeld, R. A.; Musselman, Robert (Bob) C.; Wooldridge, G. L.; Conrad, M. A.
Publication Series: 
Paper (invited, offered, keynote)
Source: In: Snow, Hydrology and Forests in High Alpine Areas (Proceedings of the Vienna Symposium, August 1991). IAHS Publ. No. 205. Wallingford, UK: International Association of Hydrological Sciences. p. 221-228.

Abstract

We estimated the yearly snow accumulation to the Glacier Lakes Ecosystems Experiments Site (GLEES) for the winters of 1987-88, 1988-89, and 1989-90, using a simple degree-day model developed by J. Martinec and A. Rango. Comparisons with other data indicate that the estimates are accurate. In particular, a calibration with an intensive snow core-probe survey in 1989-90 agrees within the probable error of the survey, which was ± 6%.

Citation

Sommerfeld, R. A.; Musselman, R. C.; Wooldridge, G. L.; Conrad, M. A. 1991. The performance of a simple degree-day estimate of snow accumulation to an alpine watershed. In: Snow, Hydrology and Forests in High Alpine Areas (Proceedings of the Vienna Symposium, August 1991). IAHS Publ. No. 205. Wallingford, UK: International Association of Hydrological Sciences. p. 221-228.