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CR5.6

Characterizing glacier and snow melt dynamics in semi-arid mountain regions
Convener: Eric A. Sproles  | Co-Conveners: Shelley MacDonell , Simon Gascoin , J. Ignacio López-Moreno 
Orals
 / Wed, 20 Apr, 10:30–12:00
Posters
 / Attendance Wed, 20 Apr, 17:30–19:00

Glacier and snow melt in semi-arid regions are critically important for human and environmental systems. Water variability in these regions can exacerbate pressure on an already limited resource. Annual to intra-annual variability may be climatic (for example: climate change or El Niño Southern Oscillation) or due to changes in water demand. Despite its importance, the semi-arid cryosphere is not well understood due to limited data records and limited access.

Within this session, we invite submissions focused on semi-arid and arid regions that include, but are not limited to:

• Approaches to quantifying and modeling melt water generation from the cryosphere
• Understanding the sources stores and pathways of hydrological processes
• Monitoring glaciers and snowpack variability
• Advances in monitoring and modeling the cryosphere in logistically or topographically challenging environments
• The impacts of climate change and variability on the semi-arid cryosphere