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The effect of wind on the snow cover

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Results of wind-tunnel investigations of the propagation of air within snow showed that the process responsible for causing horizontal air flux in the pore space of snow was not necessarily related to specific surface topography. The reasons for this flux formation are: (i) the near-surface wind characteristics, such as the frequency of the pressure variation related to the turbulent character of the near-surface wind; (ii) the structure of the near-surface snow, responsible for the air exchange between the atmosphere and the pore space; and (iii) the temperature difference between the snow and the atmosphere, forming the air-density difference which augments or decreases the air exchange. This paper summarizes the experimentally observed effects that the wind and the air flux generated in the pore space had on snow. These included isothermal temperature distributions through-out the artificial snow cover, snow-density change and snow recrystallization.

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: January 1, 2001

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  • The Annals of Glaciology is a peer-reviewed, thematic journal published 2 to 4 times a year by the International Glaciological Society (IGS). Publication frequency is determined and volume/issue numbers assigned by the IGS Council on a year-to-year basis and with a lead time of 3 to 4 years. The Annals of Glaciology is included in the ISI Science Citation Index from volume 50, number 50 onwards.

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