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Effective Transition to the Use of Energy Budget Snow Models


National Weather Service, Office of Hydrologic Development

RO# Location
26.07.96.B7007 Silver Spring , MD 20910


Name E-mail Phone
Smith, Michael Bryan 301.427.9544


The NWS is pursuing the use of advanced energy budget models for operational river forecasting. Studies have shown that energy budget models have the potential to perform better than conceptual models, especially in the case of conditions beyond those for which the conceptual model was calibrated. However, one aspect in the transition from the currently-used conceptual NWS Snow-17 model is the availability of robust, high quality meteorologic forcings to run an energy budget model in a 24/7 operational environment. Recent work by the NWS and others has indicated that current data sets may not be of sufficient quality to fully exploit the advantages of energy budget models for river forecasting. Continued research is needed to more fully expoit energy budget models for operational forecasting of snow accumulation and melt.


Snow; Energy budget model; Hydrology;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens, permanent residents and non-U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$55,000.00 $2,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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