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Volume 10, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 10, 1991–2002, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1991-2016
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the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 10, 1991–2002, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-1991-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 07 Sep 2016

Research article | 07 Sep 2016

A representative density profile of the North Greenland snowpack

Christoph Florian Schaller et al.

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Along a traverse through North Greenland in May 2015 we collected snow cores up to 2 m in depth and analyzed their properties (e.g., density). A new technique for this sampling and an adapted algorithm for comparing data sets from different positions and aligning stratigraphic features are presented. We find good agreement of the density layering in the snowpack over hundreds of kilometers. This allows the construction of a representative density profile that is statistically validated.
Along a traverse through North Greenland in May 2015 we collected snow cores up to 2 m in depth...
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