Glaciers and snow fields are important and convenient reservoirs of fresh water. In some mountain regions they are the main source of water for irrigation and human consumption during the summer. They are also important for the water supply to some of the richest mining operations in the world. Snow melt is also the main commodity in the production of hydropower, a clean and renewable energy.
Hydropower reserves are a convenient and large storage of energy, which can be released at times of high demand or shortages. Generators derive their profitability from this flexibility. Precise knowledge of melt-water production allows contracting the right amount of energy necessary for pumping. Knowledge of competing generators forecasts, such as wind power, permit a better planning of energy generation and price bids. To solve this uncertainty we can provide tools for forecasting wind power density and estimating accurately the next days melt water production.
At meteoexploration.com we can provide:
- Accurate estimation of melt water production
- Full energy balance of the snow surface
- Assessment for the optimal instrumentation of mountain catchments
- AWAS: Alpine WAter resources: modelling and monitoring through continuous Simulation of ice and snow cover mass balance, in cooperation with Grande Dixance