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Volume 11, issue 2 | Copyright
The Cryosphere, 11, 971-987, 2017
© Author(s) 2017. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 18 Apr 2017

Research article | 18 Apr 2017

Surface-layer turbulence, energy balance and links to atmospheric circulations over a mountain glacier in the French Alps

Maxime Litt et al.
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Short summary
Climate variations might change the frequency of typical weather conditions. We present a weather pattern classification as an useful tool for identifying changing glacier wind regimes. We show the intensity of turbulent heat exchanges between ice and air changes with these regimes, as well as the importance of discrepancies between bulk-aerodynamic and eddy-covariance fluxes. The results suggest these discrepancies influence melt estimates from surface energy balance calculations.
Climate variations might change the frequency of typical weather conditions. We present a...