The landscape of Alexander Island part of the Rocky Mountain range, Antarctica. Credit: Photo courtesy of Michael Studinger/NASA

Climate changing western U.S. mountain snowpack

Projected snowpack losses have serious implications for hydropower, municipal and agricultural sectors in region.

An international team of scientists has found that up to 20% loss in the annual maximum amount of water contained in western U.S. mountain snowpack in the last three decades is due to human influences.

Peak runoff in streams and rivers of the western U.S. is strongly influenced by melting of accumulated mountain snowpack. A significant decline in this resource has a direct connection to streamflow, with substantial economic and societal impacts.

The team showed that observed s

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