The transport of water through the atmosphere to mountainous regions and subsequent precipitation in the form of rain and snow is of great importance to mountain hydrology. It feeds the glaciers, infiltrates to become groundwater, runs off into rivers or evaporates to the atmosphere again. However, exact precipitation patterns in the mountains are often difficult to understand. Complex small and large scale orographic effects can have significant effects on the spatial distribution of precipitation.
To get a better understanding of these patterns and their effect on the other hydrological processes in the mountains our team studies them using various tools such as high-altitude precipitation gauges and advanced modelling techniques. This provides us with important insights in the possible future changes to the hydrological dynamics of the mountains.