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Snowpack: Decadal Averages Map
Entry ID: cal-adap_snowpack_decadal
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Summary
Abstract: The Snowpack: Decadal Averages Map tool allows users to view a map displaying the projected snow water equivalent for each decade from 1950-2099 for each month of the year using a variety of climate models and scenarios.

If heat-trapping emissions continue unabated, more precipitation will fall as rain instead of snow, and the snow that does fall will melt earlier, reducing the Sierra Nevada spring snowpack by as much as 70 to 90 percent.

How much snowpack will be lost depends in part on future precipitation patterns, the projections for which remain uncertain. However, even under wetter climate projections, the loss of snowpack would pose challenges to water managers, hamper hydropower generation, and nearly eliminate skiing and other snow-related recreational activities.

If global warming emissions are significantly curbed and temperature increases are kept in the lower warming range, snowpack losses are expected to be only half as large as those expected if temperatures were to rise to the higher warming range.

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Description: Access the Snowpack: Decadal Averages Map.

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Description: Climate data provided for this tool is available at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Nevada Applications Program (CNAP).

Projected monthly temperature data for tmax (high), tair (avg), and tmin (low). These data layers were downscaled using a bias correction and spatial downscaling (BCSD) approach and include data for four different models (PCM1, CCSM3, GFDL, CNRM) for two different scenarios (A2, B1).
Service Citation
Title: Snowpack: Decadal Averages Map
Provider: Cal-Adapt
ISO Topic Category
INLAND WATERS
GEOSCIENTIFIC INFORMATION
Access Constraints
None
Use Constraints
This product is provided for informational purposes only. Users of this information agree by their use to hold blameless the State of California, and its respective officers, employees, agents, contractors, and subcontractors for any liability associated with its use in any form. Specifically, this work shall not be used to assess actual hazards, insurance requirements, or property values.
Service Provider


Service Provider Personnel
Name: CAL-ADAPT SUPPORT
Email: support at cal-adapt.org
Distribution Media
Distribution_Media: Online
Fees: No fees
Personnel
CAL-ADAPT SUPPORT
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Email: support at cal-adapt.org

TYLER B. STEVENS
Role: SERF AUTHOR
Phone: (301) 614-6898
Fax: 301-614-5268
Email: Tyler.B.Stevens at nasa.gov
Contact Address:
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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City: Greenbelt
Province or State: MD
Postal Code: 20771
Country: USA
Creation and Review Dates
SERF Creation Date: 2012-10-01
SERF Last Revision Date: 2012-10-01
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