Snowmelt Processes

Snowmelt Processes
Describe the development and evolution of snowpack: - Explain the influences of terrain, wind, vegetation, and temperature. - Describe how sublimation affects snowpack. - Describe the process of snow metamorphism. - Explain SLR and SWE. - Describe why and how snow energy exchanges are important. Describe the processes leading up to and during melting: - Explain the importance of latent heat exchange. - Describe what is necessary for rapid melting. - Explain the importance of rainfall on the snowmelt process. Describe the fate of melt water from snow: - Describe how water can move through the snowpack. - Explain what happens when melt water reaches the ground surface. - Discuss a situation that would result in rapid runoff from snowmelt.