Master of Arts (MA)
American River, Folsom Lake, snow cover
Geography; Remote sensing
This study focused on finding evidence of a relationship between snow cover and reservoir storage in the American River basin. Water availability is very important to the future of California. Landsat Thematic Mapper images of the area taken from 1985-2011 were analyzed by calculating Normalized Difference Snow Index and calculating snow acres. The peak storage data were obtained for Folsom Lake for the same time period as the satellite images. The evaluation of these methods showed that over time there was a correlation between snow cover and reservoir storage downstream.
McGillis-Moskaluk, Karen, "Examining the relationship between snow cover and reservoir storage in the American River basin" (2013). Master's Theses. 4291.