Articles | Volume 12, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 12, 385–400, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-385-2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 385–400, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-385-2018

Research article 31 Jan 2018

Research article | 31 Jan 2018

Snow farming: conserving snow over the summer season

Thomas Grünewald et al.

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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.