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Remote Sens., Volume 11, Issue 5 (March-1 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) The snow-fed basins of the Near East are experiencing a decline in terrestrial water storage. The [...] Read more. The snow-fed basins of the Near East are experiencing a decline in terrestrial water storage. The full observational record of the GRACE satellite gravimetry shows a clear, declining trend over the higher elevations of four river basins. We used several remote sensors (MODIS, AMSR-E, AMSR2) and the outputs of ERA5 reanalysis to understand the relationship between water storage anomalies and snowpack. MODIS products point toward a significant, declining trend in montane snowpack in this region. The reduction in snow cover duration positively correlated with the GRACE water storage decline and peak snow water equivalent from ERA5. The reanalysis data provided several hints as to the possible drivers of snowpack depletion. We propose that pressure on the water towers of the Near East may increase with continued snowpack depletion in this semi-arid region. View this paper.