Articles | Volume 12, issue 12
The Cryosphere, 12, 3841–3851, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3841-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 3841–3851, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3841-2018

Research article 10 Dec 2018

Research article | 10 Dec 2018

A simulation of a large-scale drifting snowstorm in the turbulent boundary layer

Zhengshi Wang and Shuming Jia

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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (26 Nov 2018) by Valentina Radic
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ED: Publish as is (29 Nov 2018) by Valentina Radic
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Drifting snowstorms that are hundreds of meters in depth are reproduced using a large-eddy simulation model combined with a Lagrangian particle tracking method, which also exhibits obvious spatial structures following large-scale turbulent vortexes. The horizontal snow transport flux at high altitude, previously not observed, actually occupies a significant proportion of the total flux. Thus, previous models may largely underestimate the total mass flux and consequently snow sublimation.