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Volume 21, issue 3
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1741–1756, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1741-2017
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Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 1741–1756, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-1741-2017
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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 et al.

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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.
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