Articles | Volume 14, issue 10
The Cryosphere, 14, 3381–3398, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 3381–3398, 2020

Research article 12 Oct 2020

Research article | 12 Oct 2020

The mechanical origin of snow avalanche dynamics and flow regime transitions

Xingyue Li et al.


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (29 Jul 2020) by Florent Dominé
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ED: Publish as is (25 Aug 2020) by Florent Dominé
Short summary
This numerical study investigates how different types of snow avalanches behave, how key factors affect their dynamics and flow regime transitions, and what are the underpinning rules. According to the unified trends obtained from the simulations, we are able to quantify the complex interplay between bed friction, slope geometry and snow mechanical properties (cohesion and friction) on the maximum velocity, runout distance and deposit height of the avalanches.