Articles | Volume 12, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 12, 1579–1594, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1579-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1579–1594, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1579-2018

Research article 03 May 2018

Research article | 03 May 2018

Using machine learning for real-time estimates of snow water equivalent in the watersheds of Afghanistan

Edward H. Bair et al.

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In Afghanistan, almost no snow measurements exist. Operational estimates use measurements from satellites, but all have limitations. We have developed a satellite-based technique called reconstruction that accurately estimates the snowpack retrospectively. To solve the problem of estimating today's snowpack, we used machine learning, trained on our reconstructed snow estimates, using predictors that are available today. Our results show low errors, demonstrating the utility of this approach.