Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 12, 287–300, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-287-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 287–300, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-287-2018

Research article 23 Jan 2018

Research article | 23 Jan 2018

Hydrologic flow path development varies by aspect during spring snowmelt in complex subalpine terrain

Ryan W. Webb et al.

Data sets

Snow density, snow depth, and soil moisture at Dry Lake study site in northern Colorado, 2013 R. W. Webb and S. R. Fassnacht https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.864253

Snow density, snow depth, and soil moisture at Dry Lake study site in northern Colorado, 2014 R. W. Webb and S. R. Fassnacht https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.864254

Snow density, snow depth, and soil moisture at Dry Lake study site in northern Colorado, 2015 R. W. Webb and S. R. Fassnacht https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.864255

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Short summary
We observed how snowmelt is transported on a hillslope through multiple measurements of snow and soil moisture across a small headwater catchment. We found that snowmelt flows through the snow with less infiltration on north-facing slopes and infiltrates the ground on south-facing slopes. This causes an increase in snow water equivalent at the base of the north-facing slope by as much as 170 %. We present a conceptualization of flow path development to improve future investigations.