Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
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, Steven R. Fassnacht, and Michael N. Gooseff


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AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (16 Aug 2017)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (19 Sep 2017) by Valentina Radic
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (09 Oct 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (10 Oct 2017)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (10 Oct 2017) by Valentina Radic
AR by Ryan Webb on behalf of the Authors (17 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (06 Dec 2017) by Valentina Radic
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.