Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Washington
Research

Forests and Snow

Intermittent Snow and Process Dynamics

Snow Surface Temperature and Snow Depth in the Tuolumne Watershed

OLYMPEX


Orographic Precipitation

Mapping temperature in complex terrain

Spatial patterns of snow-fed streamflow

Rain vs. Snow

How meadow ecology relates to snow and climate

Intercomparison of Meteorological Forcing Data from Empirical and Mesoscale Model Sources

Silvicliture to maximize snow retention

Remote sensing of radiation to improve snow modeling

Wildflowers and Snow

Monitoring and modeling spatial patterns of snow-fed streamflow:

What physical processes are most important at different basin scales?

  • Previous research by Jessica Lundquist on diurnal cycles revealed that diurnal streamflow timing depends critically on the heterogeneity of the snowpack, which varies with basin scale [Lundquist and Dettinger 2005 ; Lundquist et al. 2005 ]. This same heterogeneity must be included in a hydrologic model to capture the dates when snow disappears in a basin.
  • Further work revealed that differences due to topographic shading become much more pronounced when snow melts earlier in the year [Lundquist et al. 2004; Lundquist et al. 2006]. Thus topography and solar exposure must be modeled explicitly to understand how north- vs. south-facing basins will respond to climate change [Lott, Master's Thesis, 2008]. We are examining which model structure best represents these effects.