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Regional sensitivities of seasonal snowpack to elevation, aspect, and vegetation cover in western North America

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This paper explores the main topographic and vegetation drivers for variations in snow accumulation and snow depth. Using LiDAR data from five sites in the western USA, representing a broad range of terrain and land cover conditions, the authors use standard statistical methods to explore relationships between snow depth and elevation, aspect, vegetation, and atmospheric parameters. Such research efforts have only recently been made feasible via the evolution of LiDAR data, and this represents an interesting example of the application of LiDAR-derived products.