Analysis of a Snowfall Enhancement Project in the Snowy Mountains of Australia (Invited Presentation)

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Wednesday, 7 January 2015: 4:00 PM
211B West Building (Phoenix Convention Center - West and North Buildings)
Michael J. Manton, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia; and J. Denholm, K. Kemsley, S. L. Kenyon, A. Peace, J. Speirs, and L. Warren

Using the lessons learned from the Snowy Precipitation Enhancement Research Project (SPERP) described by Manton and Warren (2011), a randomised snowfall enhancement project has been carried out over a larger target area in the winters of 2010 to 2013. The original target area is extended to the north along the mountain ridges, and the control area is adjusted appropriately. To account for differences in orography and to allow comparison with SPERP, the target is separated into north and south areas. The start criteria for seedable events are refined. The data are carefully analysed to determine the impacts of seeding in each target area.