SnowClim Model and Dataset

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Created: Nov 03, 2021 at 12:27 a.m.
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DOI: 10.4211/hs.acc4f39ad6924a78811750043d59e5d0
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The SnowClim Model and Dataset address the need for climate and snow data products that are based on physical principles, that are simulated at high spatial resolution, and that cover large geographic domains.

The SnowClim Model is a physics-based snow model that incorporates key energy balance processes necessary for capturing snowpack spatiotemporal variability, including under future climate scenarios, while optimizing computational efficiency throughout several empirical simplifications. The model code can be downloaded or run in the cloud using MATLAB Online through HydroShare.

The SnowClim Dataset consists of climate forcing data for and snow outputs from the SnowClim Model. Climate forcing data was downscaled from 4 km climate data from the Weather Research and Forecasting (WRF) model (Rasmussen and Liu, 2017) to ~210 m across the contiguous western United States. Climate forcings were downscaled from WRF directly for a present day (2000-2013) period and a thirteen year pseudo global warming scenario reflecting conditions between 2071-2100 under RCP 8.5. Climate forcings were prepared for a third time period by perturbing present-day downscaled climate data by the multi-model mean from CMIP5 to reflect conditions under pre-industrial conditions (1850-1879).

Additional details regarding the SnowClim model physics, model calibration, climate data downscaling, model application to the western US, and model performance are available in:
Lute, A. C., Abatzoglou, J., and Link, T.: SnowClim v1.0: high-resolution snow model and data for the western United States, Geosci. Model Dev., 15, 5045–5071,, 2022.

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Coordinate System/Geographic Projection:
WGS84 EPSG:4326
Coordinate Units:
['Decimal degrees']
Place/Area Name:
Contiguous Western United States
North Latitude
East Longitude
South Latitude
West Longitude


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Collection Contents

Add Title Type Owners Sharing Status Remove
SnowClim: Present Snow Data Resource A. Lute Published & Shareable
SnowClim: Present Climate Data Resource A. Lute Published & Shareable
SnowClim: Future Snow Data Resource A. Lute Published & Shareable
SnowClim: Future Climate Data Resource A. Lute Published & Shareable
SnowClim: Pre-industrial Snow Data Resource A. Lute Published & Shareable
SnowClim: Pre-industrial Climate Data Resource A. Lute Published & Shareable
SnowClim Model Resource A. Lute Published & Shareable

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The content of this resource is derived from Rasmussen, R., and C. Liu. 2017. High Resolution WRF Simulations of the Current and Future Climate of North America. Research Data Archive at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, Computational and Information Systems Laboratory. Accessed 24 Sep 2018.


Funding Agencies

This resource was created using funding from the following sources:
Agency Name Award Title Award Number
Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI) Hydroinformatics Innovation Fellowship NSF Cooperative Agreement No. EAR-1849458
National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) Program 1249400

How to Cite

Lute, A. C., J. Abatzoglou, T. Link (2022). SnowClim Model and Dataset, HydroShare,

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