The focus of this course is to examine snow processes and to relate the processes to the hydrologic cycle. Physical and conceptual methods of modelling the processes will be addressed. Techniques for measuring the different states and change rates will be discussed.
course assignments - will be circulated.
For the assignments in this course, the student will compute the water and energy balance for accumulating a snowpack at one station (NCDC ASOS site). This is done through a series of assignments. The first submission is the dataset selection where the basic NCDC dataset will be summarized in monthly plots. For the last assignment, the accumulated snowpack will be melted and considering NRCS SNOTEL data (for spatial distribution), this modelled snowmelt will be calibrated and compared to snowmelt runoff observed at a USGS (or similar) gauging station. The last submission (synthesis) is a written analysis of the watershed and the assignments. As it will be a culmination of the assignment work, there should be a thorough discussion of the results and implications. While some of the calculations performed for the assignments cannot be validated, i.e., direct measurements do not exist, the last assignment will discuss the appropriateness of the computed numbers. It will summarize the assignments and discuss how realistic the calculated numbers are. A discussion at the end of the semester will compare results from the different locations.
Warner College of Natural Resources
Colorado State University