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How the Micrometeorology of Alpine Forests Affects Snowmelt

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A photograph taken from a drone at a research site in the Swiss Alps shows snow disappearance patterns around a break in the forest canopy. These patterns vary according to tree position, sunlight and shade, and snow-covered and snow-free ground. Credit: Clare Webster

A field study in the Swiss Alps showed considerable spatial and temporal variability in forest air and surface temperatures, with implications for snowmelt models

September 25, 2017 — Warming temperatures in spring herald the melting of snow in mountains and higher-latitude regions. Predicting the timing and speed of snowmelt is important for local communities as they prepare for knock-on effects such as increased river levels or the end of the snow sports season. Continue reading How the Micrometeorology of Alpine Forests Affects Snowmelt