Published Research

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Azmat, Muhammad, et al. 2016. Hydrological modeling to simulate streamflow under changing climate in a scarcely gauged cryosphere catchment. Environmental Earth Sciences 75. Art. #186. doi:

Boike, Julia, et al. 2016. Satellite-derived changes in the permafrost landscape of central Yakutia, 2000–2011: Wetting, drying, and fires. Global and Planetary Change 139: 116-127. doi:

Bruggeman, Jason E., et al. 2016. Multi-season occupancy models identify biotic and abiotic factors influencing a recovering Arctic Peregrine Falcon Falco peregrinus tundrius population. IBIS 158(1): 61-74. doi:

Chen, Xiaona, Shunlin Liang, and Yunfeng Cao. 2016. Satellite observed changes in the Northern Hemisphere snow cover phenology and the associated radiative forcing and feedback between 1982 and 2013. Environmental Research Letters 11. Art. #084002. doi:

Cornwell, E., N. P. Molotch, and J. McPhee. 2016. Spatio-temporal variability of snow water equivalent in the extra-tropical Andes Cordillera from distributed energy balance modeling and remotely sensed snow cover . Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 20: 411-430. doi:

Da Ronco, Pierfrancesco, et al. 2016. Comparing COSMO-CLM simulations and MODIS data of snow cover extent and distribution over Italian Alps. Climate Dynamics. doi:

Dedieu, Jean-Pierre, et al. 2016. On the Importance of High-Resolution Time Series of Optical Imagery for Quantifying the Effects of Snow Cover Duration on Alpine Plant Habitat. Remote Sensing 8(6). Art. #481. doi:

Dong, Chunyu, and Lucas Menzel. 2016. Improving the accuracy of MODIS 8-day snow products with in situ temperature and precipitation data. Journal of Hydrology 534: 466-477. doi:

Gafurov, A., et al. 2016. MODSNOW-Tool: an operational tool for daily snow cover monitoring using MODIS data. Environmental Earth Sciences 75(14). Art. #1078. doi:

Jeong, Dae Il, Laxmi Sushama, and M. Naveed Khaliq. 2016. Attribution of spring snow water equivalent (SWE) changes over the northern hemisphere to anthropogenic effects. Climate Dynamics. doi:

Jiang, Youyan, et al. 2016. Variation in the snow cover on the Qilian Mountains and its causes in the early 21st century. Geomatics, Natural Hazards and Risk. doi:

Kadlec, J., A. Woodruff Miller, and Daniel P. Ames. 2016. Extracting Snow Cover Time Series Data from Open Access Web Mapping Tile Services. Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA) 52(4): 916-932. doi:

Kar, Sarat C., and Sarita Tiwari. 2016. Model simulations of heavy precipitation in Kashmir, India, in September 2014. Natural Hazards 81(1): 167-188. doi:

Karimi, Hamid, et al. 2016. Comparison of SRM and WetSpa models efficiency for snowmelt runoff simulation. Environmental Earth Sciences 75(8). Art. #664. doi:

Li, Yue, et al. 2016. Evaluating biases in simulated land surface albedo from CMIP5 global climate models. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 121(11): 6178–6190. doi:

Marcil, Gino-Karl, Mélanie Trudel, and Robert Leconte. 2016. Using Remotely Sensed MODIS Snow Product for the Management of Reservoirs in a Mountainous Canadian Watershed. Water Resources Management 30(8): 2735–2747. doi:

Meng, Fanchong, et al. 2016. Impacts of recent climate change on the hydrology in the source region of the Yellow River basin. Journal of Hydrology: Regional Studies 6: 66–81. doi:

Mishra, P. et al. 2016. Accuracy Assessment of MODIS Fractional Snow Cover Product for Eastern Himalayan Catchment. Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing. doi:

Morriss, B. F., et al. 2016. Persistence-based temporal filtering for MODIS snow products. Remote Sensing of Environment 175: 130-137. doi:

Mozaffari, A., et al. 2016. A hierarchical selective ensemble randomized neural network hybridized with heuristic feature selection for estimation of sea-ice thickness. Applied Intelligence. doi:

Mozaffari, A., et al. 2016. A modular ridge randomized neural network with differential evolutionary distributor applied to the estimation of sea ice thickness. Soft Computing. doi:

Muto, Atsuhiro, et al. 2016. Subglacial bathymetry and sediment distribution beneath Pine Island Glacier ice shelf modeled using aerogravity and in situ geophysical data: New results. Earth and Planetary Letters 433: 63-75. doi:

Naeem, Usman Ali, et al. 2016. Investigation of temporal change in glacial extent of Chitral watershed using Landsat data. Environmental Monitoring and Assessment 188. Art. #43. doi:

Painter, Tom, et al. 2016. The Airborne Snow Observatory: Fusion of scanning lidar, imaging spectrometer, and physically-based modeling for mapping snow water equivalent and snow albedo. Remote Sensing of Environment 184: 139-152. doi:

Rani, Seema, and S. Sreekesh. 2016. An Analysis of Pattern of Changes in Snow Cover in the Upper Beas River Basin, Western Himalaya. Geostatistical and Geospatial Approaches for the Characterization of Natural Resources in the Environment: 899-903. New Dehli: Springer International Publishing. N. Janardhana Raju, editor.. doi:

Rhoades, Alan, et al. 2016. Characterizing Sierra Nevada Snowpack Using Variable-Resolution CESM. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 55(1): 173-196. doi:

Rondeau-Genesse, Gabriel, Mélanie Trudel, and Robert Leconte. 2016. Monitoring snow wetness in an Alpine Basin using combined C-band SAR and MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment 183: 304-317. doi:

Saleh, Mahdi, and Ghaleb Faour. 2016. Implementation of an automated snow monitoring system using MODIS products in Lebanon . 2016 18th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference (MELECON) : 1-4. Lemesos: IEEE. doi:

Snehmani, et al. 2016. Analysis of snow cover and climatic variability in Bhaga basin located in western Himalaya. Geocarta International 31(10): 1094-1107.

Spiess, Marina, Eva Huintjes, and Christoph Schneider. 2016. Comparison of modelled- and remote sensing- derived daily snow line altitudes at Ulugh Muztagh, northern Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Mountain Science 13(4): 593-613. doi:

Sugg, Johnathan W., et al. 2016. Sub-regional snow cover distribution across the southern Appalachian Mountains. Physical Geography. doi:

Tahir, Adnan Ahmad, et al. 2016. Comparative assessment of spatiotemporal snow cover changes and hydrological behavior of the Gilgit, Astore and Hunza River basins (Hindukush–Karakoram–Himalaya region, Pakistan). Meteorology and Atmospheric Physics. doi:

Tarasova, L., et al. 2016. Effects of input discretization, model complexity, and calibration strategy on model performance in a data-scarce glacierized catchment in Central Asia. Water Resources Research 52(6): 4674–4699. doi:

Toure, Ally M., et al. 2016. Evaluation of the Snow Simulations from the Community Land Model, Version 4 (CLM4). Journal of Hydrometeorology 17(1): 153–170. doi:

Trubilowicz, Joel William. 2016. Hydrometeorology and streamflow response during rain-on-snow events in a coastal mountain region. . Ph. D. University of British Columbia.

Wang, Jun, Yang Wang, and Shiji Wang. 2016. Biophysical and socioeconomic drivers of the dynamics in snow hazard impacts across scales and over heterogeneous landscape in Northern Tibet. Natural Hazards 81(3): 1499-1514. doi:

Willmes, Sacha, and Gunther Heinemann. 2016. Sea-Ice Wintertime Lead Frequencies and Regional Characteristics in the Arctic, 2003–2015. Remote Sensing 8(1). Art. #4. doi:

Wulf, Hendrik, Bodo Bookhagena, and Dirk Scherlera. 2016. Differentiating between rain, snow, and glacier contributions to river discharge in the western Himalaya using remote-sensing data and distributed hydrological modeling. Advances in Water Resources 88: 152–169. doi:

Wunderle, Stefan, Timm Gross, and Fabia Hüsler. 2016. Snow Extent Variability in Lesotho Derived from MODIS Data (2000–2014). Remote Sensing 8(6). Art. #448. doi:

Xu, Jianhui, et al. 2016. Joint DEnKF-albedo assimilation scheme that considers the common land model subgrid heterogeneity and a snow density-based observation operator for improving snow depth simulations. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 10(3). Art. #036001. doi:

Xu, Y., V. Ramanathan, and W. M. Washington. 2016. Observed high-altitude warming and snow cover retreat over Tibet and the Himalayas enhanced by black carbon aerosols. Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics 16: 1303-1315. doi:

Yi, Shuang, Qiuyu Wang, and Wenke Sun. 2016. Is it possible that a gravity increase of 20μ Galyr-1 in southern Tibet comes from a wide-range density increase?. Geophysical Research Letters 43(4): 1481-1486. doi:

Yuang, Wenping, et al. 2016. Improved snow cover model in terrestrial ecosystem models over the Qinghai–Tibetan Plateau. Agricultural and Forest Meteorology 218-219: 161-170. doi:

Zhang, Yong-Fei, and and Zong Liang-Yang. 2016. Estimating uncertainties in the newly developed multi-source land snow data assimilation system. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 121(14): 8254–8268. doi:


André, C. , et al. 2015. Land surface temperature retrieval over circumpolar Arctic using SSM/I–SSMIS and MODIS data. Remote Sensing of Environment 162: 1-10. doi:

Azmat, Muhammed. 2015. Water Resources Availability and Hydropower Production under Current and Future Climate Scenarios: The Case of Jhelum River Basin, Pakistan. : viii, 223. Ph. D. Politecnico di Torino. doi:

Bao, Wei-jia, et al. 2015. Glacier changes during the past 40 years in the west Kunlun Shan. Journal of Mountain Science 12(2): 344-357. doi:

Berezowski, Tomasz, Jarosław Chormańskia, and Okke Batelaan. 2015. Skill of remote sensing snow products for distributed runoff prediction. Journal of Hydrology 524: 718-732. doi:

Bi, Yunbo, et al. 2015. Snow Cover Variations and Controlling Factors at Upper Heihe River Basin, Northwestern China. Remote Sensing 7(6): 6741-6762. doi:

Bookhagen, Bodo. 2015. Glaciers and monsoon systems. Monsoon and Climate Change. New York, NY: Springer International Publishing, 225-249. doi:

Boori, Mukesh, and Ralph Ferraro. 2015. Global Land Cover Classification Based on Microwave Polarization and Gradient Ratio (MPGR). Geoinformatics for Intelligent Transportation. New York, NY: Springer International Publishing, 17-37. doi:

Brun, F., et al. 2015. Seasonal changes in surface albedo of Himalayan glaciers from MODIS data and links with the annual mass balance. The Cryosphere 9(1): 341-355. doi:

Burakowski, Elizabeth A., et al. 2015. Spatial scaling of reflectance and surface albedo over a mixed-use, temperate forest landscape during snow-covered periods. Remote Sensing of Environment 158: 465-477. doi:

Crawford, Christopher J. 2015. MODIS Terra Collection 6 fractional snow cover validation in mountainous terrain during spring snowmelt using Landsat TM and ETM. Hydrological Processes 29(1): 128-138. doi:

Delbart, Nicolas, et al. 2015. Remote sensing of Andean mountain snow cover to forecast water discharge of Cuyo rivers. Journal of Alpine Research 103(2). doi:

Deng, Jie, et al. 2015. Toward Improved Daily Cloud-Free Fractional Snow Cover Mapping with Multi-Source Remote Sensing Data in China. Remote Sensing 7(6): 6986-7006. doi:

Dietz, Andreas J., Claudia Kuenzer, and Stefan Dech. 2015. Analysis of snow cover time series -- Opportunities and Techniques. Remote Sensing Time Series: Revealing Land Surface Dynamics. New York, NY: Springer, 75-98..

Finger, David, et al. 2015. The value of multiple data set calibration versus model complexity for improving the performance of hydrological models in mountain catchments. Water Resources Research 51(4): 1939-1958. doi:

Gafurov, A., et al. 2015. Snow-cover reconstruction methodology for mountainous regions based on historic in situ observations and recent remote sensing data. The Cryosphere 9(2): 451-463. doi:

Gascoin, S., et al. 2015. A snow cover climatology for the Pyrenees from MODIS snow products. Hydrology and Earth System Sciences 19: 2337-2351. doi:

Haizhu, Pan, Wang Jian, and Li Hongyi. 2015. Accuracy validation of the MODIS snow albedo products and estimate of the snow albedo under cloud over the Qilian Mountains. Journal of Glaciology and Geocryology 37(1): 49-57. doi:

Isenstein, Elizabeth M., et al. 2015. Calibration of a Distributed Hydrologic Model Using Streamflow and Remote Sensing Snow Data. World Environmental and Water Resources Congress 2015: 973 Floods, Droughts, and Ecosystems © ASCE 2015 . Reston, VA: ASCE, 973-982..

Ismail, Muhammad Fraz, et al. 2015. Degree day factor models for forecasting the snowmelt runoff for Naran Watershed. Science International 27(3): 1951-1960.

Jin, Xin, et al. 2015. Spatial and temporal variations of snow cover in the Loess Plateau, China. International Journal of Climatology 35(8): 1721-1731. doi:

Joshi, Rajesh, et al. 2015. Variations in the Seasonal Snow Cover Area (SCA) for Upper Bhagirathi Basin, India. Dynamics of Climate Change and Water Resources of Northwestern Himalaya. New York, NY: Springer International Publishing, 9-21. doi:

Kang, H.-J., et al. 2015. Uncertainties of satellite-derived surface skin temperatures in the polar oceans: MODIS, AIRS/AMSU, and AIRS only. Atmospheric Measurement Techniques 8: 4025-4041. doi:

Karlsson, K. -G., E. Johansson, and A. Devasthale. 2015. Advancing the uncertainty characterisation of cloud masking in passive satellite imagery: Probabilistic formulations for NOAA AVHRR data. Remote Sensing of Environment 158: 126-139. doi:

Khan, Asif, Bibi S. Naz, and Laura C. Bowling. 2015. Separating snow, clean and debris covered ice in the Upper Indus Basin, Hindukush-Karakoram-Himalayas, using Landsat images between 1998 and 2002. Journal of Hydrology 521(1): 46-64. doi:

Kim, Miae, et al. 2015. Landfast sea ice monitoring using multisensor fusion in the Antarctic. GIScience & Remote Sensing 52(2): 239-256. doi:

Klein, Igor, et al. 2015. Global WaterPack: Intra-annual Assessment of Spatio-Temporal Variability of Inland Water Bodies. Remote Sensing and Digital Image Processing . Zurich: Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 99-117. doi:

Klein, Igor, et al. 2015. Results of the Global WaterPack: a novel product to assess inland water body dynamics on a daily basis. Remote Sensing Letters 6(1): 78-87. doi:

Kostadinov, Tihomir Sabinov, et al. 2015. Snow cover variability in a forest ecotone of the Oregon Cascades via MODIS Terra products. Remote Sensing of Environment 164: 155-169. doi:

Kostyuchenko, Yuriy V. 2015. Infrastructure Vulnerability Assessment Toward Extreme Meteorological Events Using Satellite Data. Numerical Methods for Reliability and Safety Assessment: Multiscale and Multiphysics Systems. Zurich: Springer International Publishing Switzerland, 425-438. doi:

Kuenzer, Claudia, et al. 2015. Remote Sensing of River Delta Inundation: Exploiting the Potential of Coarse Spatial Resolution, Temporally-Dense MODIS Time Series. Remote Sensing 7(7): 8516-8542. doi:

Kumar, Sujay V., et al. 2015. Quantifying the Added Value of Snow Cover Area Observations in Passive Microwave Snow Depth Data Assimilation. Journal of Hydrometeorology 16(4): 1736-1741. doi:

Lavoie, C., et al. 2015. Configuration of the Northern Antarctic Peninsula Ice Sheet at LGM based on a new synthesis of seabed imagery. The Cryosphere 9: 613-629. doi:

Li, Hong Yi, et al. 2015. Downscaling Snow Cover Fraction Data in Mountainous Regions Based on Simulated Inhomogeneous Snow Ablation. Remote Sensing 7(7): 8995-9019. doi:

Lindsay, Chuck, et al. 2015. Deriving Snow Cover Metrics for Alaska from MODIS. Remote Sensing 7(10): 12961-12985. doi:

Liu, Xun Chang-Qing Ke, and Zhu-De Shao. 2015. Snow cover variations in Gansu, China, from 2002 to 2013. Theoretical and Applied Climatology 122(3): 487-496. doi:

Liu, Yuqiong, et al. 2015. Blending satellite-based snow depth products with in situ observations for streamflow predictions in the Upper Colorado River Basin. Water Resources Research 51(2): 1182-1202. doi:

Lomidze, N., et al. 2015. Application of Remote sensing and GIS technologies for study of seasonal snow cover in Georgia. Journal of the Georgian Geophysical Society 17. Art. #1647.

Macander, Matthew J., et al. 2015. Landsat-based snow persistence map for northwest Alaska. Remote Sensing of Environment 163: 23-31. doi:

Marchane, A., et al. 2015. Assessment of daily MODIS snow cover products to monitor snow cover dynamics over the Moroccan Atlas mountain range. Remote Sensing of Environment 160: 72-86. doi:

Metsamaki, Sari, et al. 2015. Introduction to GlobSnow Snow Extent products with considerations for accuracy assessment. Remote Sensing of Environment 156: 96-108. doi:

Ming, Jing, et al. 2015. Widespread Albedo Decreasing and Induced Melting of Himalayan Snow and Ice in the Early 21st Century. PLOS One 10(6). Art. #e0126235. doi:

Mir, Riyaz Ahmad, et al. 2015. Accuracy assessment and trend analysis of MODIS-derived data on snow-covered areas in the Sutlej basin, Western Himalayas. International Journal of Remote Sensing 36(15): 3837-3858. doi:

Mir, Riyaz Ahmad, et al. 2015. Decline in snowfall in response to temperature in Satluj basin, western Himalaya. Journal of Earth System Science 124(2): 365-382. doi:

Mir, Riyaz Ahmad, Sanjay K. Jain, and Arun K. Saraf. 2015. Analysis of current trends in climatic parameters and its effect on discharge of Satluj River basin, western Himalaya. Natural Hazards 79(1): 587-619. doi:

Moore, Cara, et al. 2015. A GIS-based method for defining snow zones: application to the western United States. Geocarta International 30(1): 62-81. doi:

Moustafa, S. E., et al. 2015. Multi-modal albedo distributions in the ablation area of the southwestern Greenland Ice Sheet. The Cryosphere 9: 905-923. doi:

Naud, C. M., et al. 2015. A Satellite View of the Radiative Impact of Clouds on Surface Downward Fluxes in the Tibetan Plateau. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology 54(2): 479-493. doi:

Niu, X., and Rachel T. Pinker. 2015. An improved methodology for deriving high-resolution surface shortwave radiative fluxes from MODIS in the Arctic region. Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres 120(6): 2382-2393. doi:

Ossi, Federico, et al. 2015. Snow sinking depth and forest canopy drive winter resource selection more than supplemental feeding in an alpine population of roe deer. European Journal of Wildlife Research 61(1): 111-124. doi:

Pan, Paipai, et al. 2015. Snow cover detection based on two-dimensional scatter plots from MODIS imagery data. Journal of Applied Remote Sensing 9. Art. #096083. doi:

Paul, Stephan, et al. 2015. Spatial Feature Reconstruction of Cloud-Covered Areas in Daily MODIS Composites. Remote Sensing 7(5): 5042-5056. doi:

Paul, Stephan, S. Willmes, and G. Heinemann. 2015. Long-term coastal-polynya dynamics in the southern Weddell Sea from MODIS thermal-infrared imagery. The Cryosphere 9: 2027-2041. doi:

Perez-Luque, A. J., et al. 2015. An ontological system based on MODIS images to assess ecosystem functioning of Natura 2000 habitats: A case study for Quercus pyrenaica forests. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 37(SI): 142-151. doi:

Poggio, Laura, and Alessandro Gimona. 2015. Sequence-based mapping approach to spatio-temporal snow patterns from MODIS time-series applied to Scotland. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation 34: 122-135. doi:

Pohl, Eric, Richard Gloaguen, and Ralf Seiler. 2015. Remote Sensing-Based Assessment of the Variability of Winter and Summer Precipitation in the Pamirs and Their Effects on Hydrology and Hazards Using Harmonic Time Series Analysis. Remote Sensing 7(8): 9727-9752. doi:

Preußer, Andreas, et al. 2015. Multi-Decadal Variability of Polynya Characteristics and Ice Production in the North Water Polynya by Means of Passive Microwave and Thermal Infrared Satellite Imagery. Remote Sensing 7(12): 15844-15867. doi: