This is an improved and hopefully a more precise version of the question Covering spaces of surfaces.

**Question:** Given a regular covering map $\pi:\Sigma_g\to\Sigma_h$, where $\Sigma_n$ denotes a surface of genus $n$, is it possible to describe the covering map?

One example of such a description is the following. In the decomposition of $\Sigma_h$ into the connected sum of tori $T_1$#...#$T_h$, one torus, say $T_1$, is covered $k$-times by another torus $T_1'$, which appears in a similar decomposition of $\Sigma_g$; every other torus $T_i$ in the decomposition of $\Sigma_h$ is covered by $k$ different tori $T_{i_1}'$,...,$T_{i_k}'$ (each covering $T_i$ identically) in the decomposition of $\Sigma_g$.

Any other explicit description would likely also be useful.

A weaker version of the question would be the following: given a regular covering $\rho:\Sigma_l\to \Sigma_h$, is there another regular covering $\rho':\Sigma_g\to \Sigma_l$, such that the composition $\pi=\rho\rho'$ has a description as above (for example)?

1more comment