Estimating snow-cover trends from space

Extensive evidence reveals that Earth’s snow cover is declining, but our ability to monitor trends in mountain regions is limited. New satellite missions with robust snow water equivalent retrievals are needed to fill this gap.

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Fig. 1: Spatial distribution of historical snow-cover duration and SWE over the Northern Hemisphere.
Fig. 2: The spatial distribution of snow-cover trends across the Northern Hemisphere with time series for four mountain regions.

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Part of this work was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology under contract with NASA. K.J.B. and T.H.P. were funded by NASA’s Terrestrial Hydrology, Cryospheric Sciences and Applied Sciences programmes.

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Bormann, K.J., Brown, R.D., Derksen, C. et al. Estimating snow-cover trends from space. Nature Clim Change 8, 924–928 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41558-018-0318-3

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