The Historical Snow Survey of Great Britain: Digitised Data for Scotland

Michael Spencer, Richard Essery, Lynne Chambers, Shona Hogg

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Mountain snowline is important as it is an easily observable measure of the phase state of water in the landscape. Changes in seasonal snowline elevation can indicate long-term trends in temperature or other climate variables. Snow-cover influences local flora and fauna, and knowledge of snowline can inform management of water and associated risks. Between 1945 and 2007 voluntary observers collected a subjective record of snow cover across Great Britain called the Snow Survey of Great Britain (SSGB). The original paper copy SSGB data is held by the Met Office. This article details the digitisation of the Scottish SSGB data, its spatial and temporal extents, and a brief example comparison of Met Office snow-lying gridded data. The digitised SSGB data are available from the Met Office authors.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-14
JournalScottish Geographical Journal
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2014


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