Western Italian Alps Monthly Snowfall and Snow Cover Duration

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Entry ID

G01186

Summary

This data set consists of snow observations for 18 stations in the western Italian Alps. Two types of data are included: monthly snowfall amounts and monthly snow cover duration in days. The period of record varies with each station, with the longest station record including data from 1877 to 1996. The average station record duration is approximately 61 years. Available stations range from 565 meters to 2720 meters in elevation. The data are summaries of snow stake measurements. Daily observations of total snow depth were generally made at 8 a.m. local time. Data were aquired using a snow measuring rod. Snowfall amount was defined as being any increase over the previous day's reading. This measurement may be an underestimate of as much as 10-20% due to snow pack settlement. However, this underestimation is fairly consistent for all measurements. The daily data were then totaled to yield the monthly values.

Geographic Coverage

 

Spatial Coordinates:
N: 46.425°     S: 44.192°     E: 8.436°     W: 6.695°     Min Altitude: 565 meters     Max Altitude: 2720 meters    

Data Set Citation

Dataset Creator: Mercalli, L. and C. Castellano.
Dataset Title: Western Italian Alps Monthly Snowfall and Snow Cover Duration
Dataset Release Date: 1999-01-01
Dataset Release Place: Boulder, Colorado USA
Dataset Publisher: NSIDC: National Snow and Ice Data Center
Online Resource: http://nsidc.org/data/g01186.html
Dataset DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7265/N5NP22C0

Temporal Coverage

Start Date: 1877-01-01
Stop Date: 1996-12-31

Location Keywords

  • CONTINENT EUROPE SOUTHERN EUROPE ITALY
  • CONTINENT EUROPE WESTERN EUROPE

Science Keywords

  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Cover
  • Cryosphere Snow/Ice Snow Depth
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow Cover
  • Terrestrial Hydrosphere Snow/Ice Snow Depth

Ancillary Keywords

  • Snowfall

ISO Topic Category (View Definitions)

  • Climatology/Meteorology/Atmosphere

Platform

  • GROUND-BASED OBSERVATIONS

Instrument

  • SNOW MEASURING ROD

Data Set Progress

complete

Data Center

National Snow and Ice Data Center
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org

Data Center Personnel

Name: NSIDC User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199
Fax: 1 303 492-2468
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Data Center URL: http://nsidc.org/noaa/

Data Center Personnel

Name: NOAA User Services
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Distribution

Distribution Media: FTP

Personnel

NSIDC User Services
Role: TECHNICAL CONTACT
Phone: 1 303 492-6199 x
Fax: 1 303 492-2468 x
Email: nsidc@nsidc.org
Contact Address:

  • National Snow and Ice Data Center
  • CIRES, 449 UCB
  • University of Colorado

City: Boulder
Province or State: CO
Postal Code: 80309-0449
Country: USA

Luca Mercalli
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: meteo@arpnet.it
Contact Address:

  • International Association for the Environmental Communication
  • Societe Meteorologica Subalpina
  • V. G. Re 86
  • I-10143
  • Turino, Italy

Claudio Castellano
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Email: meteo@arpnet.it
Contact Address:

  • Societe Meteorologica Subalpina
  • V. G. Re 86
  • I-10143
  • Turino, Italy

Metadata Name and Version

Metadata Name: CEOS IDN DIF
Metadata Version: 9.7

Creation and Review Dates

DIF Creation Date: 1999-01-01
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-03-19

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