How Snow Shapes Warming in the Sierra Nevada

Dr. Alex Hall and his team at the UCLA Center for Climate Science undertook a comprehensive investigation of future climate in California’s Sierra Nevada. A key factor in the severity of warming and snow cover loss is snow albedo feedback, a feedback loop in which warming causes snow cover loss, and snow cover loss increases warming. Ours is the most comprehensive study of future climate in the Sierra Nevada to date because it takes into account this feedback loop and considers multiple greenhouse gas scenarios.