Articles | Volume 20, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3895–3905, 2016
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20, 3895–3905, 2016
Research article
22 Sep 2016
Research article | 22 Sep 2016

Assessing the benefit of snow data assimilation for runoff modeling in Alpine catchments

Nena Griessinger et al.

Related authors

Assessing the degree of detail of temperature-based snow routines for runoff modelling in mountainous areas in central Europe
Marc Girons Lopez, Marc J. P. Vis, Michal Jenicek, Nena Griessinger, and Jan Seibert
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 24, 4441–4461,,, 2020
Short summary
On measuring snow ablation rates in alpine terrain with a mobile GPR device
Nena Griessinger, Franziska Mohr, and Tobias Jonas
The Cryosphere Discuss.,,, 2017
Revised manuscript not accepted
Short summary

Related subject area

Subject: Snow and Ice | Techniques and Approaches: Modelling approaches
Development and parameter estimation of snowmelt models using spatial snow-cover observations from MODIS
Dhiraj Raj Gyawali and András Bárdossy
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 3055–3077,,, 2022
Short summary
Recent hydrological response of glaciers in the Canadian Rockies to changing climate and glacier configuration
Dhiraj Pradhananga and John W. Pomeroy
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 2605–2616,,, 2022
Short summary
Precipitation Biases and Snow Physics Limitations Drive the Uncertainties in Macroscale Modeled Snow Water Equivalent
Eunsang Cho, Carrie M. Vuyovich, Sujay V. Kumar, Melissa L. Wrzesien, Rhae Sung Kim, and Jennifer M. Jacobs
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. Discuss.,,, 2022
Revised manuscript accepted for HESS
Short summary
Future projections of High Atlas snowpack and runoff under climate change
Alexandre Tuel, Nabil El Moçayd, Moulay Driss Hasnaoui, and Elfatih A. B. Eltahir
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 571–588,,, 2022
Short summary
Trends and variability in snowmelt in China under climate change
Yong Yang, Rensheng Chen, Guohua Liu, Zhangwen Liu, and Xiqiang Wang
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 26, 305–329,,, 2022
Short summary

Cited articles

Adam, J. C., Hamlet, A. F., and Lettenmaier, D. P.: Implications of global climate change for snowmelt hydrology in the twenty-first century, Hydrol. Process., 23, 962–972, 2009.
Andreadis, K. M. and Lettenmaier, D. P.: Assimilating remotely sensed snow observations into a macroscale hydrology model, Adv. Water Resour., 29, 872–886, 2006.
Bergström, S.: Development and application of a conceptual runoff model for Scandinavian catchments, Lund Institute of Technology, University of Lund, Sweden, Bulletin Series A, 52, 134 pp., 1976.
Bergström, S.: The HBV model: Its structure and applications, Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute, 35 pp., 1992.
Bergström, S.: The HBV model, edited by: Singh, V., Computer Models of Watershed Hydrology, Water Resources Publications, Highlands Ranch, Colorado, USA, 443–476, 1995.
Short summary
In Alpine catchments, snowmelt is a major contribution to runoff. In this study, we address the question of whether the performance of a hydrological model can be enhanced by integrating data from an external snow monitoring system. To this end, a hydrological model was driven with snowmelt input from snow models of different complexities. Best performance was obtained with a snow model, which utilized data assimilation, in particular for catchments at higher elevations and for snow-rich years.