Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1027-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1027-2018
Research article
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23 Mar 2018
Research article |  | 23 Mar 2018

Changes in Andes snow cover from MODIS data, 2000–2016

Freddy A. Saavedra, Stephanie K. Kampf, Steven R. Fassnacht, and Jason S. Sibold

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This manuscript presents a large latitude and elevation range analysis for snow trends in the Andes using satellite images (MODIS) snow cover product. The research approach is also significant because it presents a novel strategy for defining trends in snow persistence from remote sensing data, and this allows us to improve understanding of climate change effects on snow in areas with sparse and unevenly ground climate data.