Articles | Volume 15, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 15, 4625–4636, 2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 4625–4636, 2021

Research article 30 Sep 2021

Research article | 30 Sep 2021

Local-scale variability of seasonal mean and extreme values of in situ snow depth and snowfall measurements

Moritz Buchmann et al.

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We investigated the impacts of local-scale variations by analysing snow climate indicators derived from parallel snow measurements. We found the largest relative inter-pair differences for all indicators in spring and the smallest in winter. The findings serve as an important basis for our understanding of uncertainties of commonly used snow indicators and provide, in combination with break-detection methods, the groundwork in view of any homogenization efforts regarding snow time series.