Articles | Volume 12, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 12, 1121–1135, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1121-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1121–1135, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-1121-2018

Research article 28 Mar 2018

Research article | 28 Mar 2018

Snowmobile impacts on snowpack physical and mechanical properties

Steven R. Fassnacht et al.

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AR by Anna Mirena Feist-Polner on behalf of the Authors (06 Sep 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (18 Sep 2017) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by Steven Fassnacht on behalf of the Authors (04 Oct 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (11 Oct 2017) by Guillaume Chambon
RR by Edward Bair (24 Oct 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (24 Oct 2017)
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (06 Nov 2017) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by Svenja Lange on behalf of the Authors (24 Jan 2018)  Author's response
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Jan 2018) by Guillaume Chambon
RR by Anonymous Referee #1 (13 Feb 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (15 Feb 2018) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by Anna Wenzel on behalf of the Authors (20 Feb 2018)  Author's response
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (06 Mar 2018) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by Steven Fassnacht on behalf of the Authors (06 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
We conducted a series of experiments to determine how snowpack properties change with varying snowmobile traffic. Experiments were initiated at a shallow (30 cm) and deep (120 cm) snow depth at two locations. Except for initiation at 120 cm, snowmobiles significantly changed the density, hardness, ram resistance, and basal layer crystal size. Temperature was not changed. A density change model was developed and tested. The results inform management of lands with snowmobile traffic.