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Alpine Water Resources: Modelling and Monitoring Through Continuous Simulation of Ice and Snow Cover Mass Balance

PI: Javier Corripio
Institution: Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
Additional Investigators: Ruzica Dadic, Francesca Pelliccioty, Petr Molnar
The project aims at establishing a detailed assessment of water resources from glacierized and snow covered basins in mountain regions, and its sensitivity to future climate change. The methodology is through the application of distributed energy balance models that are fed by direct meteorological measurements and monitored through direct and remote sensing techniques. For the future implications we need to know the likely climatic scenarios, and for that the IPCC data will be extremely useful. Our goal is comparing present outputs of GCMs with local measurements by applying or developing appropriate downscaling and dissagregation tools. This comparison between modelled and measured present climatic conditions will indicate the reliability of future estimations.

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