Brief communication: Improved measurement of ice layer density in seasonal snowpacks

Watts, Tom, Rutter, Nick, Toose, Peter, Derksen, Chris, Sandells, Melody and Woodward, John (2016) Brief communication: Improved measurement of ice layer density in seasonal snowpacks. The Cryosphere, 10. pp. 2069-2074. ISSN 1994-0416

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Abstract

The microstructure and density of ice layers in snowpacks is poorly quantified. Here we present a new field method for measuring the density of ice layers caused by melt or rain-on-snow events. The method was used on 87 ice layer samples taken from natural and artificial ice layers in the Canadian Arctic and mid-latitudes. Mean measured ice layer density was 909 ± 28 kg m−3 with a standard deviation of 23 kg m−3, significantly higher than values typically used in the literature.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography
Depositing User: Nick Rutter
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2016 11:22
Last Modified: 26 May 2017 05:10
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27779

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