Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 12, 1293–1306, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1293-2018

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The Cryosphere, 12, 1293–1306, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1293-2018

Research article 12 Apr 2018

Research article | 12 Apr 2018

Estimating the snow water equivalent on a glacierized high elevation site (Forni Glacier, Italy)

Antonella Senese et al.

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We present and compare 11 years of snow data measured by an automatic weather station and corroborated by data from field campaigns on the Forni Glacier in Italy. The methodology we present is interesting for remote locations such as glaciers or high alpine regions, as it makes it possible to estimate the total snow water equivalent (SWE) using a relatively inexpensive, low-power, low-maintenance, and reliable instrument such as the sonic ranger.