Spatial and temporal variability of snow cover in the Andes Mountains and its influence on streamflow in snow dominant rivers
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The climate is changing, and snowmelt-dominated river basins are particularly sensitive to climate warming. In the Andes Mountains in South America climate measurements are sparse and unevenly distributed in snow-covered areas. Thus, remote sensing offers opportunities to improve understanding of the spatial and temporal snow patterns in this region and explore how these patterns relate to climate and hydrologic response. This study uses snow cover data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) sensor to (1) identify snow climate regions across the Andes, (2) document trends ...