Item: Snow cover forecasting in ungaged areas
Title: Snow cover forecasting in ungaged areas
Proceedings: 1988 International Snow Science Workshop, Whistler, October 12-15
Authors: Robert E. Davis and SusanA. Burak
Abstract: Methods for forecasting snow water equivalent in ungaged areas are described. Criteria used to select index data sets are discussed in relation to measurement type and location. The types of measurements considered are manual surveys, precipitation gages, and snow pillows. The techniques are applied to a proposed alpine ski resort using historic records from a California Cooperative Snow Survey site and measurements in the study area. The data are calibrated so that the method yields estimates of the absolute snow water equivalent SWE, which provides the most suitable indicator of alpine ski potential and surface water input. Forecasts are made for five elevation classes and potential lift-served zones. Probabilities are also computed to predict snow accumulation by specified dates.
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Keywords: forecasting, snow cover, ungaged areas, snow pillows, alpine ski
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