6. Snow and Runoff: Processes, Sensitivity and Vulnerability

  1. Hugh French3 and
  2. Olav Slaymaker4
  1. Ming-Ko Woo1 and
  2. John Pomeroy2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781119950172.ch6

Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective

Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective

How to Cite

Woo, M.-K. and Pomeroy, J. (2011) Snow and Runoff: Processes, Sensitivity and Vulnerability, in Changing Cold Environments: A Canadian Perspective (eds H. French and O. Slaymaker), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781119950172.ch6

Editor Information

  1. 3

    University of Ottawa, Canada

  2. 4

    University of British Columbia, Canada

Author Information

  1. 1

    McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

  2. 2

    University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2012
  2. Published Print: 21 OCT 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470699683

Online ISBN: 9781119950172

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Keywords:

  • snow and runoff, processes, sensitivity and vulnerability;
  • snow vulnerability under climate-warming scenario;
  • typical snowflakes and their fate;
  • snow-water equivalent (SWE) units;
  • orographic effects, high precipitation on slopes;
  • terrain, role in snow distribution;
  • remote sensing for surface snow-cover extent (SCE);
  • snow ablation, loss of mass through processes;
  • snowmelt runoff processes;
  • snow vulnerability, climate variability affecting snow condition

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Snow Accumulation

  • Land Cover

  • Snow Ablation

  • Snowmelt Runoff Processes

  • Streamflow

  • Snowmelt Floods in Large Basins

  • Snow Vulnerability

  • References

  • Discussion Questions

  • Some Useful Internet Sources