Articles | Volume 23, issue 1
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/hess-23-1-2019
Research article
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02 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 02 Jan 2019

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

Phillip Harder, John W. Pomeroy, and Warren D. Helgason

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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.