Changing Arctic snow cover: A review of recent developments and assessment of future needs for observations, modelling, and impacts

S.F. Bokhorst, S. Højlund Pedersen, L. Brucker, O. Anisimov, J.W. Bjerke, R.D. Brown, D. Ehrich, R.L.H. Essery, A. Heilig, S. Ingvander, C. Johansson, M. Johansson, I. Svala Jónsdóttir, N. Inga, K. Luojus, G. Macelloni, H. Mariash, D. McLennan, G. Ninis Rosqvist, A. SatoH. Savela, M. Schneebeli, A. Sokolov, S.A. Sokratov, S. Terzago, D. Vikhamar-Schuler, S. Williamson, Y. Qiu, T.V. Callaghan

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Abstract

Snow is a critically important and rapidly changing feature of the Arctic. However, snow-cover and snowpack conditions change through time pose challenges for measuring and prediction of snow. Plausible scenarios of how Arctic snow cover will respond to changing Arctic climate are important for impact assessments and adaptation strategies. Although much progress has been made in understanding and predicting snow-cover changes and their multiple consequences, many uncertainties remain. In this paper, we review advances in snow monitoring and modelling, and the impact of snow changes on ecosystems and society in Arctic regions. Interdisciplinary activities are required to resolve the current limitations on measuring and modelling snow characteristics through the cold season and at different spatial scales to assure human well-being, economic stability, and improve the ability to predict manage and adapt to natural hazards in the Arctic region.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)516-537
JournalAMBIO: A Journal of the Human Environment
Volume45
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Mar 2016

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