Articles | Volume 11, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 11, 2075–2087, 2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 2075–2087, 2017

Research article 05 Sep 2017

Research article | 05 Sep 2017

Wind enhances differential air advection in surface snow at sub-meter scales

Stephen A. Drake et al.


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AR by Stephen Drake on behalf of the Authors (04 Jul 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Jul 2017) by Joel Savarino
RR by Samuel Morin (11 Jul 2017)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (24 Jul 2017) by Joel Savarino
Short summary
Reaction rates of radiatively and chemically active trace species are influenced by the mobility of air contained within the snowpack. By measuring wind speed and the evolution of a tracer gas with in situ sensors over a 1 m horizontal grid, we found that inhomogeneities in a single snow layer enhanced air movement unevenly as wind speed increased. This result suggests small-scale variability in reaction rates that increases with wind speed and variability in snow permeability.