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California's transition from conventional snowpack measurements to a developing remote sensing capability for water supply forecastingCalifornia's Snow Survey Program and water supply forecasting procedures are described. A review is made of current activities and program direction on such matters as: the growing statewide network of automatic snow sensors; restrictions on the gathering hydrometeorological data in areas designated as wilderness; the use of satellite communications, which both provides a flexible network without mountaintop repeaters and satisfies the need for unobtrusiveness in wilderness areas; and the increasing operational use of snow covered area (SCA) obtained from satellite imagery, which, combined with water equivalent from snow sensors, provides a high correlation to the volumes and rates of snowmelt runoff. Also examined are the advantages of remote sensing; the anticipated effects of a new input of basin wide index of water equivalent, such as the obtained through microwave techniques, on future forecasting opportunities; and the future direction and goals of the California Snow Surveys Program.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Brown, A. J. (California State Dept. of Water Resources Sacramento, CA, United States)
Peterson, N. (California State Dept. of Water Resources Sacramento, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 11, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1980
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Goddard Space Flight Center Microwave Remote Sensing of Snowpack Properties
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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