Articles | Volume 21, issue 3
Research article
24 Mar 2017
Research article |  | 24 Mar 2017

Modelling liquid water transport in snow under rain-on-snow conditions – considering preferential flow

Sebastian Würzer, Nander Wever, Roman Juras, Michael Lehning, and Tobias Jonas


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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by Editor and Referees) (05 Nov 2016) by Carlo De Michele
AR by Sebastian Würzer on behalf of the Authors (10 Dec 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (12 Dec 2016) by Carlo De Michele
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (29 Dec 2016)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (18 Jan 2017)
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (11 Jan 2017)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (29 Jan 2017) by Carlo De Michele
Short summary
We discuss a dual-domain water transport model in a physics-based snowpack model to account for preferential flow (PF) in addition to matrix flow. So far no operationally used snow model has explicitly accounted for PF. The new approach is compared to existing water transport models and validated against in situ data from sprinkling and natural rain-on-snow (ROS) events. Our work demonstrates the benefit of considering PF in modelling hourly snowpack runoff, especially during ROS conditions.