Articles | Volume 23, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1–17, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1-2019

Special issue: Understanding and predicting Earth system and hydrological...

Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 23, 1–17, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1-2019

Research article 02 Jan 2019

Research article | 02 Jan 2019

A simple model for local-scale sensible and latent heat advection contributions to snowmelt

Phillip Harder et al.

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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (14 Jun 2018) by Sean Carey
AR by Phillip Harder on behalf of the Authors (22 Oct 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (30 Oct 2018) by Sean Carey
RR by Rebecca Mott (30 Oct 2018)
RR by Richard L.H. Essery (02 Dec 2018)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (07 Dec 2018) by Sean Carey
AR by Phillip Harder on behalf of the Authors (08 Dec 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
As snow cover becomes patchy during snowmelt, energy is advected from warm snow-free surfaces to cold snow-covered surfaces. This paper proposes a simple sensible and latent heat advection model for snowmelt situations that can be coupled to one-dimensional energy balance snowmelt models. The model demonstrates that sensible and latent heat advection fluxes can compensate for one another, especially in early melt periods.