Ground-based snowfall and snowpack measurements

TitleGround-based snowfall and snowpack measurements
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsDeWalle D., Rango A.
Book TitlePrinciples of Snow Hydrology
PublisherCambridge University Press
CityCambridge, NY
ARIS Log Number171026
Keywordsdistribution, hydrology, snow, snowfall, snowpack

One of the most fundamental aspects of snow hydrology is an understanding of the processes that lead to snowfall and the eventual distribution of a snowpack on the landscape. The factors that lead to the formation of snowfall are generally discussed in the beginning sections of the chapter. Since snowfall once formed, unlike rain, is quite easily borne by the wind and redistributed across the landscape before finally coming to rest to form a snowpack, the basic principles controlling blowing snow are also reviewed. Finally, the interception of snow by vegetation, which can have a profound effect on the amount and timing of snow that accumulates into a snowpack beneath a plant canopy, is described in the final section of the chapter.