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Principles of Snow Hydrology

Principles of Snow Hydrology

by David R. DeWalle, Albert Rango
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Snow hydrology is a specialized field of hydrology that is of particular importance for high latitudes and mountainous terrain. In many parts of the world, river and groundwater supplies for domestic, irrigation, industrial, and ecosystem needs are generated from snowmelt, and an in-depth understanding of snow hydrology is of clear significance. Study of the impacts of global warming has also stimulated interest in snow hydrology because increased air temperatures are projected to have major outcomes on the snow hydrology of cold regions.

Principles of Snow Hydrology describes the factors that control the accumulation, melting, and runoff of water from seasonal snowpacks over the surface of the earth. The book addresses not only the basic principles governing snow in the hydrologic cycle, but also the latest applications of remote sensing, and principles applicable to modeling streamflow from snowmelt across large, mixed land-use river basins. Individual chapters are devoted to climatology and distribution of snow, ground-based measurements and remote sensing of snowpack characteristics, snowpack energy exchange, snow chemistry, modeling snowmelt runoff (including the SRM model developed by Rango and others), and principles of snowpack management on urban, agricultural, forest, and range lands. There are lists of terms, review questions, and problems with solutions for many chapters available online at

This book is invaluable for all those needing an in-depth knowledge of snow hydrology. It is a reference book for practicing water resources managers and a textbook for advanced hydrology and water resources courses which span fields such asengineering, Earth sciences, meteorology, biogeochemistry, forestry and range management, and water resources planning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521290326
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 09/15/2011
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 428
Sales rank: 1,152,591
Product dimensions: 6.60(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

DAVID R. DEWALLE is a Professor of Forest Hydrology with the School of Forest Resources at the Pennsylvania State University, and is also Director of the Pennsylvania Water Resources Research Center. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in forestry from the University of Missouri, and his Ph. D. in watershed management from Colorado State University. DeWalle has conducted research on the impacts of atmospheric deposition, urbanization, forest harvesting, and climate change on the hydrology and health of watersheds in Pennsylvania. He regularly teaches courses in watershed management, snow hydrology and forest microclimatology. In addition to holding numerous administrative positions at Penn State, such as Associate Director of the Institutes of the Environment and Forest Science Program Chair, DeWalle has been major advisor to over 50 M.S. and Ph.D. students since coming to Penn State in 1969. DeWalle has also been a visiting scientist with the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, University of East Anglia in England, and most recently the USDA, Agricultural Research Service in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He has served as President and is a fellow of the American Water Resources Association.

ALBERT RANGO is a Research Hydrologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service, Jornada Experimental Range, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA. He received his B.S. and M.S. in meteorology from the Pennsylvania State University and his Ph.D. in watershed management from Colorado State University. Rango has conducted research on snow hydrology, hydrological modeling, effects of climate change, rangeland health and remediation, and applications of remote sensing. He has been President of the International Commission on Remote Sensing, the Western Snow Conference, and the American Water Resources Association. He is a fellow of the Western Snow Conference and the American Water Resources Association. He received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal (1974), the Agricultural Research Service Scientist of the Year Award (1999), and the Presidential Rank Award - Meritorious Senior Professional (2005). He has published over 330 professional papers.

Table of Contents

Preface     vii
Introduction     1
Snow climatology and snow distribution     20
Snowpack condition     48
Ground-based snowfall and snowpack measurements     76
Remote sensing of the snowpack     118
Snowpack energy exchange: basic theory     146
Snowpack energy exchange: topographic and forest effects     182
Snowfall, snowpack, and meltwater chemistry     211
Snowmelt-runoff processes     235
Modelling snowmelt runoff     266
Snowmelt-Runoff Model (SRM)     306
Snowpack management and modifications     365
Physical constants     392
Potential solar irradiation theory     394
Index     403

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