Articles | Volume 21, issue 10
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5111–5126, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5111-2017
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 21, 5111–5126, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-21-5111-2017

Research article 11 Oct 2017

Research article | 11 Oct 2017

Snow cover dynamics in Andean watersheds of Chile (32.0–39.5° S) during the years 2000–2016

Alejandra Stehr and Mauricio Aguayo

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In Chile there is a lack of hydrological data, which complicates the analysis of important hydrological processes. In this study we validate a remote sensing product, i.e. the MODIS snow product, in Chile using ground observations, obtaining good results. Then MODIS was use to evaluated snow cover dynamic during 2000–2016 at five watersheds in Chile. The analysis shows that there is a significant reduction in snow cover area in two watersheds located in the northern part of the study area.