Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) is a common snowpack measurement. It is defined as the amount of water contained within the snowpack. These snowpack projections are produced by using a land surface/hydrology model known as the Variable Infiltration Capacity (VIC) model. The VIC model uses a gridded dataset of observed precipitation and temperature data as input to calculate SWE and a suite of additional parameters. Details are described in Livneh et al., 2015.

Spatial Resolution and Extent

The spatial resolution of this data is 1/16ยบ (approximately 6 km). The spatial extent available on Cal-Adapt covers entire state of California and Nevada and parts of Oregon, Mexico and Arizona.

Temporal Resolution

Download Data

  • Download SWE data in NetCDF4 format from Cal-Adapt Data Server maintained by the Geopspatial Innovation Facility, UC Berkeley.
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