Higher snowfall intensity is associated with reduced impacts of warming upon winter snow ablation Climate change is transforming winters throughout the western U.S. Warmer temperatures and winter rainfall reduce the magnitude of snow accumulation and alter the timing of snowmelt. Snowcapped mountaintops, characteristic of the western U.S, melt earlier in the spring, sending water rushing … Continue reading (Archive) Research Tidbit: Where will snow survive in a warming world?
When rain falls on a watershed, a diverse array of processes are set in motion, moving water from the canopy, into and across the ground surface, through pores in soil and rock, and eventually into streams as runoff.
A new study shows that the 40-year and ongoing airborne gamma Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) dataset from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is a key component in water management, has substantial potential to be used as a long-term, reliable reference SWE across the United States and Southern Canada. Credit: Airborne Snow Survey … Continue reading (Archive) ECR Hydrology Research Tidbit: The Value of the 40-Year Airborne Gamma Snow Product
Much like groundwater discharges into rivers and streams, groundwater also discharges into the ocean. The discharge of terrestrially based water to the coastal ocean is called submarine groundwater discharge, or SGD, and has been observed globally, particularly in nearshore environments. SGD impacts both terrestrial and marine environments. It discharges terrestrially-based water that is frequently high … Continue reading (Archive) ECR Hydrology Research Tidbit: Freshwater? Deep in the Sea?