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https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2022-229
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-2022-229
19 Dec 2022
 | 19 Dec 2022
Status: this preprint was under review for the journal TC but the revision was not accepted.

Review of snow phenology variation in the Northern Hemisphere and its relationship with climate and vegetation

Hui Guo, Xiaoyan Wang, Zecheng Guo, Gaofeng Zhu, Tao Che, Jian Wang, Xiaodong Huang, Chao Han, and Zhiqi Ouyang

Abstract. Snow phenology, recurrent seasonal patterns in snow cover and snowfall, has been significantly affected by global warming. Through the interaction with the climate, the dynamic variability of snow phenology affects the regional climate environment, vegetation ecosystem, soil properties, agricultural water resources, snow disasters and animal migration. First, this study compares the advantages, disadvantages and applicability of different sources of observation data and the principal research methods involved in studying snow phenology. Then, this work discusses the spatiotemporal variability and changing trends of snow phenology in the Northern Hemisphere, and summarizes the relationship between climate, vegetation and snow phenology. Finally, this review highlights the key areas related to snow phenology that require further study. Overall, during the past 50 years in the Northern Hemisphere, the snow cover end date (SCED) has shown a significantly advanced trend, the snow cover onset date (SCOD) has also been occurring slowly earlier, and the snow cover days (SCD) has shortened, but these two trends are not significant. The snow phenology variation is closely related to climate factors, atmospheric circulation, vegetation status and some spatial factors. Snow cover impacts climate change through interactions with atmospheric circulation systems. The rise in temperature will delay the SCOD, and the SCED is closely related to the temperature of the snowmelt season. The interaction between seasonal snow cover and climate will either stimulate or impede vegetation growth. With the change in snow cover, especially the decrease in snow cover in the melting stage can impact the climate change, the rise in temperature will change the growth conditions and extend the vegetation growth season. The relationship between snow cover and vegetation is inconsistent in different elevations and latitudes. Snow phenology variation is very complex and is the result of the combined action of many factors. Additionally, snow phenology will also have a great impact on the cryosphere. Therefore, we must understand snow phenology variation and prepare for future changes.

Hui Guo, Xiaoyan Wang, Zecheng Guo, Gaofeng Zhu, Tao Che, Jian Wang, Xiaodong Huang, Chao Han, and Zhiqi Ouyang

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2022-229', Anonymous Referee #1, 19 Jan 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2022-229', Anonymous Referee #2, 15 Feb 2023
  • EC1: 'Editor's recommendation', Florent Dominé, 21 Feb 2023
  • EC2: 'Intermediary assessment', Florent Dominé, 07 Mar 2023

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2022-229', Anonymous Referee #1, 19 Jan 2023
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2022-229', Anonymous Referee #2, 15 Feb 2023
  • EC1: 'Editor's recommendation', Florent Dominé, 21 Feb 2023
  • EC2: 'Intermediary assessment', Florent Dominé, 07 Mar 2023
Hui Guo, Xiaoyan Wang, Zecheng Guo, Gaofeng Zhu, Tao Che, Jian Wang, Xiaodong Huang, Chao Han, and Zhiqi Ouyang

Data sets

Snow phenological parameters based on Northern Hemisphere EASE Grid 2.0 Weekly Snow and Sea Ice Extent (NHSCE) from 1972-2019 Guo Hui https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.7432273

Hui Guo, Xiaoyan Wang, Zecheng Guo, Gaofeng Zhu, Tao Che, Jian Wang, Xiaodong Huang, Chao Han, and Zhiqi Ouyang

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Short summary
Snow phenology is a seasonal pattern in snow cover and snowfall. In this review, we found that during the past 50 years in the Northern Hemisphere, the snow cover end date has shown a significantly advanced change trend. Eurasia contributes more to the snow phenology in the Northern Hemisphere than does North America. Snow phenology is related to climate and atmospheric circulation, and the response to vegetation phenology depends on geographical regions, temperature and precipitation gradients.