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dc.contributor.authorJacobs, Jennifer Ellen
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T03:26:24Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T03:26:24Z
dc.date.issued2008-08
dc.identifier.otherjacobs_jennifer_e_200808_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/jacobs_jennifer_e_200808_ms
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/24938
dc.description.abstractThis study examines snow depth trends by elevation in the Southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado. Using cooperative data, trends for accumulated seasonal snow depth, snowfall, snow days, and melting degree days were computed. The relationship of snow depth and meteorological variables versus elevation is assessed. When only the negative trends were plotted by elevation, both snow depth and snowfall have statistically significant relationships (p”5%). However, there is a distinct geographic pattern with negative trends in snow depth to the west of the Continental Divide and positive trends to the east. Regression analysis identifies snowfall as the primary influence on the snow depth trends. The spatial variability of trends in snowfall and snow depth may be explained by Pacific climate variability since correlations with the NPI and the PDO show strong spatial coherence. Melting degree day trends show broad warming across the region, consistent with anthropogenic greenhouse warming.
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subjectSnow
dc.subjectsnow depth trends
dc.subjectclimate change
dc.subjectsouthern Rocky Mountains
dc.subjectColorado
dc.subjectPacific climate variability
dc.titleVariations in snow depth in the Colorado Rocky Mountain
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMS
dc.description.departmentGeography
dc.description.majorGeography
dc.description.advisorAndrew Grundstein
dc.description.committeeAndrew Grundstein
dc.description.committeeThomas Hodler
dc.description.committeeThomas Mote


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