Snow Hydrology

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Snow hydrology (hydrology, from Greek word Hydrologia, “study of water”)is a scientific study in the field of hydrology which focuses on the composition, dispersion, and movement of snow and ice.Studies within snow hydrology can be seen to predate the Anno Domini era, however major breakthroughs were not made until the mid eighteenth century.

Snowfall, accumulation and melt are important hydrological processes in watersheds at high altitudes or latitudes. In many western states in USA, snow melt accounts for a large percentage of the spring runoff that serves as water supply to reservoirs, urban populations and agricultural activities.[1]

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