Articles | Volume 8, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 8, 2381–2394, 2014
The Cryosphere, 8, 2381–2394, 2014

Research article 20 Dec 2014

Research article | 20 Dec 2014

Elevation dependency of mountain snow depth

T. Grünewald et al.


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Short summary
Elevation dependencies of snow depth are analysed based on snow depth maps obtained from airborne remote sensing. Elevation gradients are characterised by a specific shape: an increase of snow depth with elevation is followed by a distinct peak at a certain level and a decrease in the highest elevations. We attribute this shape to an increase of precipitation with altitude, which is modified by topographical-induced redistribution processes of the snow on the ground (wind, gravitation).