Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 12, 385–400, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 385–400, 2018

Research article 31 Jan 2018

Research article | 31 Jan 2018

Snow farming: conserving snow over the summer season

Thomas Grünewald et al.

Data sets

Snowfarming data set Davos and Martell 2015 Thomas Grünewald, Fabian Wolfsperger, and Michael Lehning

Short summary
Snow farming is the conservation of snow during summer. Large snow piles are covered with a sawdust insulation layer, reducing melt and guaranteeing a specific amount of available snow in autumn, independent of the weather conditions. Snow volume changes in two heaps were monitored, showing that about a third of the snow was lost. Model simulations confirmed the large effect of the insulation on energy balance and melt. The model can now be used as a tool to examine future snow-farming projects.