Parametrization of heterogeneous snowmelt

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Abstract

Melting snow is often patchy, and advection of hear from warm parches of snow-foe ground can accelerate the melting. For large-scale atmospheric modelling applications, snowmelt rates and fluxes of heat and moisture over surfaces with snow cover distributed on scales too small to be resolved by the model grid have to be parametrized. In this paper, a boundary-layer model is used to model advection over surfaces with short vegetation and varying fractions of snow cover. Boundary-layer model results are used to assess the performance of a tile model, which calculates separate fluxes for snow-covered and snow-free fractions of the surface given area-average temperatures, humidities and windspeeds at a reference height in the atmosphere. It is found that the tile model can give good results, but its performance depends strongly on the choice of reference height.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-30
Number of pages6
JournalTheoretical and Applied Climatology
Volume62
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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