Latest results of the pluSnow project have been presented at the International Scnow science Workshop 2018 in Innsbruck. Right in the projects homebase, particularely the results on new snow density drew attention. Several presentations showed the potential of reconsidering new snow density input for snow cover modelling on subdaily time steps.
The paper “Obtaining sub-daily new snow density from automated measurements in high mountain regions” is published in Hydrology and Earth System Sciences now and is accessible at https://www.hydrol-earth-syst-sci.net/22/2655/2018/hess-22-2655-2018.pdf
From 15 to 17 November the “2. Workshop zur Alpinen Hydrologie – Hydrologische Prozesse im Hochgebirge im Wandel der Zeit” took place in Obergurgl (Austria).
The setting of the early snow in the mountains and the opening of the ski resort at the same time accompanied quit perfectly the talks about the present research on measuring methods for snow properties and monitoring runoff from the cryosphere. Observations and model results revealed a profound insight on the current state of runoff from the cryosphere in the European Alps as well as past changes and future scenarios related to climate change. Within the talk “Korrekturen des festen Niederschlages unter Verwendung der Schneehöhe” (Abstract) the last results of the pluSnow project have been presented. New contacts could be made to expand the data base for future snow monitoring within the projects frame work. Before the workshop started and between the session on Thursday there was also time to transfer theorie into practise and have a detailed look on present snow conditions.
Just in time with first snowfall of the coming winter season experts of the snow community met for the Finse International Snow Workshop on October 10 – 12, 2017. With the motto of: “Cool models for a warm climate – operational snow models for the present and future climate.” the workshop paid special attention to the climatic and topographic drivers of the spatial snow distribution, physically based snow modeling at the catchment scale and innovative, state of the art use of remotely sensed data in snow modeling.
Within the presentation “Increasing the temporal resolution of new snow measurements” results of the pluSow project have been presented and could be discussed in the aftermath during the stay in the cosy hut.
Again the recent work within the pluSnow project was presented at the European Geosciences Union General Assembly 2017 in Vienna. This time the preliminary results analysing several long term series of new snow densities on sub-daily time scales were compared to calculated new snow densities using different existing model approaches.