2019 Graduate Student Showcase

Title of Submission

Comparison of Snow-Covered Area Derived from MODIS Datasets for the East River, Colorado

Degree Program

Hydrologic Science, MS

Major Advisor Name

Alejandro Flores

Type of Submission

Scholarly Poster

Judging Session

10:30am - 12pm - Judging Session #2


Many populations in the western US depend on alpine snowpack as a primary water source. Therefore, monitoring snowmelt is critical for predicting water availability and is often accomplished through spaceborne remote sensing. Many such methods exist, however, a direct comparison of their data for a single location is not often available. This study monitors snowmelt in the East River watershed, Colorado using two MODIS datasets. The fractional snow-cover dataset MODSCAG and the spectral dataset MCD43A4 are evaluated for their representation of snow-cover for spring 2014. Moderate correlations exist between the two, with MODSCAG consistently classifying higher snow-covered area than MCD43A4.

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