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.

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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.