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Changes of snow cover in Poland


Szwed,  M.
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Pińskwar,  I.
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Kundzewicz,  Zbigniew W.
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research;

Graczyk,  D.
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Mezghani,  A.
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Szwed, M., Pińskwar, I., Kundzewicz, Z. W., Graczyk, D., Mezghani, A. (2017): Changes of snow cover in Poland. - Acta Geophysica, 65, 1, 65-76.

Cite as: https://publications.pik-potsdam.de/pubman/item/item_22311
The present paper examines variability of characteristics of snow cover (snow cover depth, number of days with snow cover and dates of beginning and end of snow cover) in Poland. The study makes use of a set of 43 long time series of observation records from the stations in Poland, from 1952 to 2013. To describe temporal changes in snow cover characteristics, the intervals of 1952–1990 and of 1991–2013 are compared and trends in analysed data are sought (e.g., using the Mann–Kendall test). Observed behaviour of time series of snow-related variables is complex and not easy to interpret, for instance because of the location of the research area in the zone of transitional moderate climate, where strong variability of climate events is one of the main attributes. A statistical link between the North Atlantic Oscillation (NAO) index and the snow cover depth, as well as the number of snow cover days is found.