Articles | Volume 12, issue 9
The Cryosphere, 12, 2923–2939, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2923-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 2923–2939, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-2923-2018

Research article 14 Sep 2018

Research article | 14 Sep 2018

Investigation of a wind-packing event in Queen Maud Land, Antarctica

Christian Gabriel Sommer et al.

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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (28 Aug 2018) by Guillaume Chambon
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Short summary
Wind packing is how wind produces hard crusts at the surface of the snowpack. This is relevant for the local mass balance in polar regions. However, not much is known about this process and it is difficult to capture its high spatial and temporal variability. A wind-packing event was measured in Antarctica. It could be quantified how drifting snow leads to wind packing and generates barchan dunes. The documentation of these deposition dynamics is an important step in understanding polar snow.