September, 3, 2020
6am -7:30am, CST
This presentation will review advances in understanding the snow processes that control the hydrology of high mountain areas: snow accumulation, redistribution by wind and gravity, interception by forest canopies, sublimation, snowmelt and runoff generation. It will discuss how these processes operate in various high mountain environments, how they can be measured and show through computer simulations how they work together at the headwater catchment scale to generate downstream water resources. Snow processes are particularly sensitive to climate warming and so their role in controlling the vulnerability of water resources to climate change will be highlighted.