Snowpack (Forced by Gridded Observed Data)

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Basic Information

Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is a common snowpack measurement. It is defined as the amount of water contained within the snowpack. These snowpack projections are produced by using a land surface/hydrology model known as the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model. The VIC model uses a gridded dataset of observed precipitation and temperature data as input to calculate SWE and a suite of additional parameters. Details are described in Livneh et al., 2015.

Ben Livneh
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1/16 degree
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Parameters / Choices
A dataset often contains many geodata layers representing the same kind of measurement, but for different values of some parameters - time periods, models or scenarios, different species, etc. A value must be chosen for each such parameter in order to select a specific layer or raster which associated a single value with each geographic location (cell). The parameters or choices relevant to selecting layers from this dataset are described here.
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Multi-year Ranges: 
1950-2005, 2006-2100