Snow Hydrology:  The parameterization of subgrid processes in a physically based snow energy and mass balance model

This NASA supported project from 1998 to 2002 had the objective to develop techniques for the representation and parameterization of subgrid and distributed snow processes within snowmelt models

PI:  David G Tarboton, Utah State University,
Kelly Elder, Colorado State University (Now with USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station),
Don Cline, National Operational HydrologicRemote Sensing Center,
Charlie Luce, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station,
Graduate Student:
Jinsheng You, Utah State University,


Luce, C. H., D. G. Tarboton and K. R. Cooley, (1999), "Subgrid Parameterization Of Snow Distribution For An Energy And Mass Balance Snow Cover Model," Hydrological Processes, 13: 1921-1933, special issue from International Conference on Snow Hydrology, Brownsville, Vermont, 6-9 October, 1998. [PDF (388KB)]

Tarboton, D. G., G. Blöschl, K. Cooley, R. Kirnbauer and C. Luce, (2000), "Spatial Snow Cover Processes at Kühtai and Reynolds Creek," Spatial Patterns in Catchment Hydrology: Observations and Modelling, Edited by R. Grayson and G. Blöschl, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p.158-186.  [PDF (2 MB)]

Luce, C. and D. Tarboton, (2000), "Scaling Up Snowpack Accumulation and Melt Models," Submitted to Water Resources Research. [PDF (4.4MB)]

Luce, C. H., (2000), "Scale Influences on the Representation of Snowpack Processes," PhD Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University. [dissertation defence, online text]

Luce, C. H. and D. G. Tarboton, (2001a), "Modeling Snowmelt Over an Area:  Modeling Subgrid Scale Heterogeneity in Distributed Model Elements," Proceedings of MODSIM 2001, International Congress on Modelling and Simulation, Canberra, Australia, December 10-13, p.341-346. [PDF (0.4MB)]

Luce, C. H. and D. G. Tarboton, (2001b), "A Modified Force-Restore Approach to Modeling Snow-Surface Heat Fluxes," Proceedings of the 69th Annual Western Snow Conference, Sun Valley, Idaho. [PDF (0.5MB)]

Luce, C. H. and D. G. Tarboton, (2004), "The Application of Depletion Curves for Parameterization of Subgrid Variability of Snow," Hydrological Processes, 18: 1409-1422, DOI: 10.1002/hyp.1420.[PDF(364K)]

You, J., D. G. Tarboton and C. H. Luce, (2001), "Spatially Distributed Snowmelt Modeling with the Utah Energy Balance Snowmelt Model," Eos Trans. AGU 82(47) Fall Meet. Suppl., Abstract IP51A-0725. Poster presented at AGU fall meeting. [PDF (11MB), Powerpoint (2MB)]

You, J., (2004), "Snow Hydrology:  The Parameterization of Subgrid Processes within a Physically Based Snow Energy and Mass Balance Model," PhD Thesis, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Utah State University. [PDF (4MB)]