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Volume 18, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4261–4275, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4261-2014
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Special issue: Precipitation: measurement and space time variability

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 18, 4261–4275, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-18-4261-2014
© Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 30 Oct 2014

Research article | 30 Oct 2014

LiDAR measurement of seasonal snow accumulation along an elevation gradient in the southern Sierra Nevada, California

P. B. Kirchner et al.

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In this study we present results from LiDAR snow depth measurements made over 53 sq km and a 1600 m elevation gradient. We found a lapse rate of 15 cm accumulated snow depth and 6 cm SWE per 100 m in elevation until 3300 m, where depth sharply decreased. Residuals from this trend revealed the role of aspect and highlighted the importance of solar radiation and wind for snow distribution. Lastly, we compared LiDAR SWE estimations with four model estimates of SWE and total precipitation.
In this study we present results from LiDAR snow depth measurements made over 53 sq km and a...
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