Remote sensing is changing the approach in snowmelt runoff modelling. Instead of a simulated snow cover, the areal extent of the real snow cover can be periodically evaluated. Adaptation of depletion curves of the snow coverage for real time forecasts is outlined.
J. Martinec; Snowmelt Runoff Models for Operational Forecasts. Hydrology Research 1 June 1985; 16 (3): 129–136. doi: https://doi.org/10.2166/nh.1985.0010
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