US IHD Bulletin: Hydrological studies in snow and ice
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 56, Issue 11, page 885, November 1975
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1975), US IHD Bulletin: Hydrological studies in snow and ice, Eos Trans. AGU, 56(11), 885–885, doi:10.1029/EO056i011p00885-01.(
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Global snow and ice cover are significant factors in the seasonal and long-term water balance equations on worldwide and regional scales. Snow and ice also have a strong influence on climatic conditions, or more properly, they reflect climatic change. Each year, between a fifth and a quarter of the earth's surface is covered by snow, and nearly 80% of the earth's fresh water supply is in temporary storage in the snow and ice masses that cover land surface alone. Seasonal snow cover represents a much smaller portion of the fresh water supply, but locally it is critical. For example, the Colorado River derives 90% of its flow from snowmelt.