"Is now present in that valley? At what elevation is the terrain snow covered? Was somebody on that slope?"
Mysnowmaps allows to answer to these questions as it daily updates the snow information on the territory, thus helping to plan in advance your excursion.
Mysnowmaps provides information on snow evolution through the use of colored maps that, through a legenda, allow to interpret the snow height in all the territory at a given date.
Three types of snow layers are available:
SNOW HEIGHT: reports the snow height (cm) estimated at a given date;
NEW SNOW: reports the new snow (cm) fallen in the previous 72 h;
SNOW FORECAST: reports the predicted new snow (cm) to come in the following 72 h.
PRODUCTION OF MAPS
The snow maps are the result of an innovative system of mathematical models called SnowMaps that calculates from remote the snow evolution in real time. SnowMaps takes in input the data coming from the mete stations, the snow measures from the official monitoring network and the weather forecast. Thanks to a mass and energy balance in the snowpack, the algorithm determines the accumlation, compaction and melting of the snow and thus updates the estimates for the snow height. Differently from other approaches, SnowMaps takes into account the morophological heterogeneity of the terrain (elevation, slope, aspect) thus providing a consistent estimate of snow presence in every valley and slope.
better consinstency of morphological heterogeneiry in mountain terrain;
various layers of information (snow and morphology maps);
accurate in forecast.
SnowMaps has been tested during 2011-2012 in the Dolomites thanks to a collaboration with the Snow and Avalanche center in Arabba and since then applied operatively in most Italian Alps as a helping tool for the analysis of the snow evolution. Since 2015-2016 SnowMaps is operative all over the Alps and receives the snow data from more than 400 snow gauges.