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Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 257-269, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-257-2016
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The Cryosphere, 10, 257-269, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-257-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 28 Jan 2016

Research article | 28 Jan 2016

Topographic and vegetation effects on snow accumulation in the southern Sierra Nevada: a statistical summary from lidar data

Z. Zheng et al.
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By analyzing high-resolution lidar products and using statistical methods, we quantified the snow depth dependency on elevation, slope and aspect of the terrain and also the surrounding vegetation in four catchment size sites in the southern Sierra Nevada during snow peak season. The relative importance of topographic and vegetation attributes varies with elevation and canopy, but all these attributes were found significant in affecting snow distribution in mountain basins.
By analyzing high-resolution lidar products and using statistical methods, we quantified the...
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