Title

Snowpack Reconstructions Incorporating Climate in the Upper Green River Basin (Wyoming)

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-2012

Publication Title

Tree-Ring Research

Volume

68

Issue

2

First page number:

105

Last page number:

114

Abstract

The Green River is the largest tributary of the Colorado River. Given that snowpack is the primary driver of streamflow, information on the long-term regional snowpack (regionalized April 1 Snow Water Equivalent (SWE)) variability would provide useful information for water managers and planners. Previous research efforts were unable to develop skillful SWE reconstructions using tree-ring chronologies in the Upper Green River Basin (UGRB) of Wyoming because of limited tree-ring chronologies in the area. The current research uses Principal Components Analysis to regionalize April 1 snowpack data in the UGRB. Recent research efforts developed six new tree-ring chronologies in and adjacent to the UGRB. These new chronologies, along with 38 existing chronologies, were correlated with the regionalized SWE data. Chronologies positively correlated at a 95% confidence level or higher were retained. Stepwise linear regressions were performed and a reconstruction of UGRB regional April 1 SWE was achieved (R2  =  0.21). Climate signals (Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) and Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)) were introduced to the predictor variables and an additional regression was performed. Inclusion of the SOI resulted in a statistically skillful reconstruction (R2  =  0.58). Temporal drought periods for SWE and for streamflow were examined for the UGRB and a direct relationship was observed.

Keywords

Dendrochronology; Principal components analysis; Snowpack augmentation; Snowpack augmentation--Environmental aspects; Snowpack reconstruction; Southern oscillation; Streamflow; Tree-rings; Upper Green River Basin; Water—Management; Water-supply--Management

Disciplines

Civil and Environmental Engineering | Engineering | Environmental Engineering | Environmental Sciences | Water Resource Management

Language

English

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Identifier

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3959/2011-8.1

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