Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 15, 3813–3837, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3813-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 3813–3837, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3813-2021

Research article 18 Aug 2021

Research article | 18 Aug 2021

Synoptic control on snow avalanche activity in central Spitsbergen

Holt Hancock et al.

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Central Spitsbergen Snow Avalanche Activity (2016-2020) Holt Hancock http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/dv4m9bbn9y.1

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We investigate how snow avalanche activity in central Spitsbergen, Svalbard, is broadly controlled by atmospheric circulation. Avalanche activity in this region is generally associated with atmospheric circulation conducive to increased precipitation, wind speeds, and air temperatures near Svalbard during winter storms. Our results help place avalanche activity on Spitsbergen in the wider context of Arctic environmental change and provide a foundation for improved avalanche forecasting here.