Articles | Volume 10, issue 3
Research article
03 Jun 2016
Research article |  | 03 Jun 2016

Small-scale variation of snow in a regional permafrost model

Kjersti Gisnås, Sebastian Westermann, Thomas Vikhamar Schuler, Kjetil Melvold, and Bernd Etzelmüller


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AR by Kjersti Gisnås on behalf of the Authors (07 Mar 2016)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (12 Apr 2016) by Michael Krautblatter
AR by Kjersti Gisnås on behalf of the Authors (21 Apr 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (23 May 2016) by Michael Krautblatter
Short summary
In wind exposed areas snow redistribution results in large spatial variability in ground temperatures. In these areas, the ground temperature of a grid cell must be determined based on the distribution, and not the average, of snow depths. We employ distribution functions of snow in a regional permafrost model, showing highly improved representation of ground temperatures. By including snow distributions, we find the permafrost area to be nearly twice as large as what is modelled without.