Articles | Volume 14, issue 1
Research article
30 Jan 2020
Research article |  | 30 Jan 2020

Comparison of modeled snow properties in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Tajikistan

Edward H. Bair, Karl Rittger, Jawairia A. Ahmad, and Doug Chabot

Data sets

NASA/GSFC/HSL (2015), GLDAS Noah Land Surface Model L4 3 hourly 1.0 x 1.0 degree V2.0 H. Beaudoing and M. Rodell

MERRA-2 Global Modeling and Assimilation Office (GMAO)

Model code and software

The Parallel Energy Balance Model source code E. H. Bair, R. E. Davis, and J. Dozier

Noah-MP source code G.-Y. Niu and Z.-L. Yange

MeteoIO source code M. Bavay et al.

SNOWPACK source code M. Bavay et al.

Alpine3D source code M. Bavay et al.

Short summary
Ice and snowmelt feed the Indus River and Amu Darya, but validation of estimates from satellite sensors has been a problem until recently, when we were given daily snow depth measurements from these basins. Using these measurements, estimates of snow on the ground were created and compared with models. Estimates of water equivalent in the snowpack were mostly in agreement. Stratigraphy was also modeled and showed 1 year with a relatively stable snowpack but another with multiple weak layers.