Articles | Volume 10, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 10, 791–797, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-791-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 791–797, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-791-2016

Research article 07 Apr 2016

Research article | 07 Apr 2016

Metamorphism during temperature gradient with undersaturated advective airflow in a snow sample

Pirmin Philipp Ebner et al.

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AR by Pirmin Philipp Ebner on behalf of the Authors (15 Dec 2015)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Dec 2015) by Guillaume Chambon
RR by Frédéric Flin (21 Jan 2016)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (25 Jan 2016) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by Pirmin Philipp Ebner on behalf of the Authors (06 Mar 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (21 Mar 2016) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by Pirmin Philipp Ebner on behalf of the Authors (29 Mar 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Changes of the porous ice structure were observed in a snow sample. Sublimation occurred due to the slight undersaturation of the incoming air into the warmer ice matrix. Diffusion of water vapor opposite to the direction of the temperature gradient counteracted the mass transport of advection. Therefore, the total net ice change was negligible, leading to a constant porosity profile. However, the strong recrystallization of water molecules in snow may impact its isotopic or chemical content.