Snowpack: Decadal Averages Map

This is an interactive map of California and the Sierra Nevada mountains, showing how the amount of water stored in the snowpack will vary under different climate scenarios. The tool shows observations and projections from 1950 to 2090, and uses low or high emission scenarios to model future snowpack. The tool can be adjusted to show different months of the year and various climate models, graphed by site.

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California Energy Commission

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Students could be paired for exploring this visualization and the resources that accompany it.

Teachers should prep students about units, scenarios, and the difference between observed data and modeled data.

The models listed under 'More Options' should be explained for learners.

Other interactive California-based maps to use in conjunction with this one are available at