Comparative evaluations of four snow models

TitleComparative evaluations of four snow models
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Conference1977
AuthorsBaker, Jr. M. B., and Carder D. R.
Conference Name45th Annual Western Snow Conference
Series TitleProceedings of the 45th Annual Western Snow Conference
Date PublishedApril 1977
PublisherWestern Snow Conference
Conference LocationAlbuquerque, New Mexico
KeywordsModels, Snow simulation model

Land management planning requires estimates of resource outputs for use in evaluating alternative management practices. Simulation models are useful tools for providing these estimates, but model testing is a necessary step in their evaluation. Results of operating four available models on a common data set to simulate an actual snow regime are presented, along with information on sensitivity of outputs to changes in the input parameters used to operate each of the models. The results show that the models are most sensitive to the basic climatic inputs: precipition and air temperature.