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Snow cover of the Upper Colorado River Basin from satellite passive microwave and visual imagery

Nordic Hydrology

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Abstract

A comparison of passive microwave images from the Nimbus-7 Scanning Multichannel Microwave Radiometer (SMMR) and visual images from the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) of the Upper Colorado River Basin shows that passive microwave satellite imagery can be used to determine the extent of the snow cover. Eight cloud-free DMSP images throughout the winter of 1985-1986 show the extent of the snowpack, which, when compared to the corresponding SMMR images, determine the threshold microwave characteristics for snow-covered pixels. With these characteristics, the 27 sequential SMMR images give a unique view of the temporal history of the snow cover extent through the first half of the water year. -from Authors

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Snow cover of the Upper Colorado River Basin from satellite passive microwave and visual imagery
Series title:
Nordic Hydrology
Volume
20
Issue:
2
Year Published:
1989
Language:
English
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Nordic Hydrology
First page:
73
Last page:
84
Number of Pages:
12