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Research article
05 Jan 2018
Research article |  | 05 Jan 2018

Future snowfall in the Alps: projections based on the EURO-CORDEX regional climate models

Prisco Frei, Sven Kotlarski, Mark A. Liniger, and Christoph Schär

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Short summary
Snowfall is central to Alpine environments, and its future changes will be associated with pronounced impacts. We here assess future snowfall changes in the European Alps based on an ensemble of state-of-the-art regional climate model experiments and on two different greenhouse gas emission scenarios. The results reveal pronounced changes in the Alpine snowfall climate with considerable snowfall reductions at low and mid-elevations but also snowfall increases at high elevations in midwinter.