Articles | Volume 10, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 10, 445–458, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-445-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 445–458, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-445-2016

Research article 29 Feb 2016

Research article | 29 Feb 2016

Wind tunnel experiments: cold-air pooling and atmospheric decoupling above a melting snow patch

Rebecca Mott et al.

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AR by Rebecca Mott on behalf of the Authors (11 Jan 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Jan 2016) by Michiel van den Broeke
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (28 Jan 2016)
RR by Richard L.H. Essery (31 Jan 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (02 Feb 2016) by Michiel van den Broeke
AR by Rebecca Mott on behalf of the Authors (08 Feb 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (08 Feb 2016) by Michiel van den Broeke
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For the first time, this contribution investigates atmospheric decoupling above melting snow in a wind tunnel study. High-resolution vertical profiles of sensible heat fluxes are measured directly over the melting snow patch. The study shows that atmospheric decoupling is strongly increased in topographic sheltering but only for low wind velocities. Then turbulent mixing close to the surface is strongly suppressed, facilitating the formation of cold-air pooling in local depressions.