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    Université de Fribourg

    The role of glacier retreat for Swiss hydropower production

    Schaefli, Bettina ; Manso, Pedro ; Fischerc, Mauro ; Huss, Matthias ; Farinotti, Daniel

    In: Renewable Energy, 2019, vol. 132, p. 615–627

    High elevation or high latitude hydropower production (HP) strongly relies on water resources that are influenced by glacier melt and are thus highly sensitive to climate warming. Despite of the wide-spread glacier retreat since the development of HP infrastructure in the 20th century, little quantitative information is available about the role of glacier mass loss for HP. In this paper, we...

    Université de Fribourg

    Integrating point glacier mass balance observations into hydrologic model identification

    Schaefli, Bettina ; Huss, Matthias

    In: Hydrology and Earth System Sciences, 2011, vol. 15, p. 1227-1241

    The hydrology of high mountainous catchments is often predicted with conceptual precipitation-discharge models that simulate the snow accumulation and ablation behavior of a very complex environment using as only input temperature and precipitation. It is hereby often assumed that some glacier-wide annual balance estimates, in addition to observed discharge, are sufficient to reliably calibrate...