Sublimation of snow intercepted by coniferous forest canopies in a climate model

R Essery, J Pomeroy

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Abstract

Using a tiled representation of land surfaces allows a direct estimation of how much snow sublimates from forest canopies in a climate model. Observations suggest that 25-45% of the annual snowfall can sublimate from coniferous canopies in cold, dry continental environments. A similar range of simulated sublimation fractions is found for the forested fractions of continental gridboxes, but the sublimation is likely to be overestimated in maritime environments due to the neglect of canopy snow unloading.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSOIL-VEGETATION-ATMOSPHERE TRANSFER SCHEMES AND LARGE-SCALE HYDROLOGICAL MODELS
EditorsAJ Dolman, AJ Hall, ML Kavvas, T Oki, JW Pomeroy
Place of PublicationWALLINGFORD
PublisherINT ASSOC HYDROLOGICAL SCIENCES
Pages343-347
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)1-901502-61-9
Publication statusPublished - 2001
EventInternational Symposium on Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Transfer Schemes and Large-Scale Hydrological Models - MAASTRICHT
Duration: 18 Jul 200127 Jul 2001

Conference

ConferenceInternational Symposium on Soil-Vegetation-Atmosphere Transfer Schemes and Large-Scale Hydrological Models
CityMAASTRICHT
Period18/07/0127/07/01

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