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https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1249-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1249-2015
Research article
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19 Jun 2015
Research article |  | 19 Jun 2015

Theoretical analysis of errors when estimating snow distribution through point measurements

E. Trujillo and M. Lehning

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In this article, we present a methodology for the objective evaluation of the error in capturing mean snow depths from point measurements. We demonstrate, using LIDAR snow depths, how the model can be used for assisting the design of survey strategies such that the error is minimized or an estimation threshold is achieved. Furthermore, the model can be extended to other spatially distributed snow variables (e.g., SWE) whose statistical properties are comparable to those of snow depth.