Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
Research article
11 Mar 2022
Research article |  | 11 Mar 2022

Elements of future snowpack modeling – Part 1: A physical instability arising from the nonlinear coupling of transport and phase changes

Konstantin Schürholt, Julia Kowalski, and Henning Löwe


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-72', Anonymous Referee #1, 14 May 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-72', Anonymous Referee #2, 20 Jun 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (25 Aug 2021) by Mark Flanner
AR by Henning Löwe on behalf of the Authors (14 Oct 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (23 Oct 2021) by Mark Flanner
Short summary
This companion paper deals with numerical particularities of partial differential equations underlying 1D snow models. In this first part we neglect mechanical settling and demonstrate that the nonlinear coupling between diffusive transport (heat and vapor), phase changes and ice mass conservation contains a wave instability that may be relevant for weak layer formation. Numerical requirements are discussed in view of the underlying homogenization scheme.