Articles | Volume 19, issue 11
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4517–4530, 2015
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 19, 4517–4530, 2015

Research article 12 Nov 2015

Research article | 12 Nov 2015

A conceptual, distributed snow redistribution model

S. Frey and H. Holzmann

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Subject: Snow and Ice | Techniques and Approaches: Modelling approaches
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Temperature index melt models often lead to snow accumulation in high mountainous elevations. We developed a simple conceptual snow redistribution model working on a commonly used grid cell size of 1x1km. That model is integrated in the hydrological rainfall runoff model COSERO. Applying the model to the catchment of Oetztaler Ache, Austria, could prevent the accumulation of snow in the upper altitudes and lead to an improved model efficiency regarding discharge and snow coverage (MODIS).