Item: Monitoring basin-wide snowmelt with ablation stakes
Title: Monitoring basin-wide snowmelt with ablation stakes
Proceedings: 1988 International Snow Science Workshop, Whistler, October 12-15
Authors: Richard Kattelmann, Kelly Elder, and Jeff Dozie
Abstract: Semi-weekly estimates of snowmelt generation were needed as part of a water balance study of a small alpine basin in the Sierra Nevada of California Repeated measurements at a large number of sites distributed throughout the basin were necessary, and measurements had to be obtained by a single observer in a few hours at intervals of a few days. Ablation stakes were identified as the best compromise technique. Although ablation stakes have been used traditionally in studies of glacier mass balance, we found them to be well-suited for use in deep seasonal snow cover, as have other researchers. Measured snowpack density from several snowpits was used to adjust for settling and in calculating snowmelt generation from the ablation data.
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Keywords: glacier mass, snow cover, snowpack density, snowmelt generation, ablation data
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