Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 11, 3011–3021, 2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 3011–3021, 2017

Research article 20 Dec 2017

Research article | 20 Dec 2017

The significance of vertical moisture diffusion on drifting snow sublimation near snow surface

Ning Huang and Guanglei Shi

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Short summary
Snow is an important part of the cryosphere, and blowing snow sublimation is an important method to change the snow distribution. However, in the previous studies blowing snow sublimation near surface was ignored. Herein, we built a blowing snow sublimation model to study the sublimation in near-surface region. The results showed that the mass of snow sublimation near surface accounted for even more than half of the total. Therefore, blowing snow sublimation near surface cannot be neglected.