Simple Degree-Day Model

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The simple degree-day model distributes user-defined values of Mean Annual Temperature and Mean Annual Temperature Range over 365 days of the year. The model then calculates daily melt totals based on a user-defined degree-day factor.The model was used in Hughes (2008, 2009a, 2009b, 2010) and is similar to an approach presented in Brugger (2006).


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Hughes, P.D. (2008) Response of a Montenegro glacier to extreme summer heatwaves in 2003 and 2007. Geografiska Annaler 90A, 259-267.

Hughes, P.D. (2009) Loch Lomond Stadial (Younger Dryas) glaciers and climate in Wales. Geological Journal 44, 375-391.

Hughes, P.D. (2009) Twenty-first Century Glaciers in the Prokletije Mountains, Albania. Arctic, Antarctic and Alpine Research 41, 455-459.

Hughes, P.D. (2010) Little Ice Age glaciers in Balkans: low altitude glaciation enabled by cooler temperatures and local topoclimatic controls. Earth Surface Processes and Landforms 35, 229–241.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherNo publisher name
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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