Articles | Volume 14, issue 10
Research article
17 Oct 2020
Research article |  | 17 Oct 2020

Deep ice layer formation in an alpine snowpack: monitoring and modeling

Louis Quéno, Charles Fierz, Alec van Herwijnen, Dylan Longridge, and Nander Wever

Data sets

WFJ_ICE_LAYERS: Multi-instrument data for monitoring deep ice layer formation in an alpine snowpack L. Quéno, C. Fierz, A. van Herwijnen, D. Longridge, and N. Wever

WFJ_MOD: Meteorological and snowpack measurements from Weissfluhjoch, Davos, Switzerland N. Wever

Short summary
Deep ice layers may form in the snowpack due to preferential water flow with impacts on the snowpack mechanical, hydrological and thermodynamical properties. We studied their formation and evolution at a high-altitude alpine site, combining a comprehensive observation dataset at a daily frequency (with traditional snowpack observations, penetration resistance and radar measurements) and detailed snowpack modeling, including a new parameterization of ice formation in the 1-D SNOWPACK model.