Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 11, 2329–2343, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2329-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 2329–2343, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2329-2017

Research article 06 Oct 2017

Research article | 06 Oct 2017

Spatiotemporal patterns of High Mountain Asia's snowmelt season identified with an automated snowmelt detection algorithm, 1987–2016

Taylor Smith et al.

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Snowmelt Paramaters, 1987-2016, High Mountain Asia T. Smith and B. Bookhagen https://doi.org/10.5880/fidgeo.2017.006

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Short summary
High Mountain Asia’s rivers, which serve more than a billion people, receive a significant portion of their water budget in the form of snow. We develop an algorithm to track timing of the snowmelt season using passive microwave data from 1987 to 2016. We find that most of High Mountain Asia has experienced shorter melt seasons, earlier snow clearance, and earlier snowmelt onset, but that these changes are highly spatially and temporally heterogeneous.