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Volume 10, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 10, 1201–1215, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1201-2016
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Special issue: The evolution of permafrost in mountain regions

The Cryosphere, 10, 1201–1215, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1201-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 03 Jun 2016

Research article | 03 Jun 2016

Small-scale variation of snow in a regional permafrost model

Kjersti Gisnås et al.

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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.
In wind exposed areas snow redistribution results in large spatial variability in ground...
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