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TC | Volume 12, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 12, 3693–3717, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3693-2018
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Special issue: Changing Permafrost in the Arctic and its Global Effects in...

The Cryosphere, 12, 3693–3717, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-12-3693-2018
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Research article 27 Nov 2018

Research article | 27 Nov 2018

Observation and modelling of snow at a polygonal tundra permafrost site: spatial variability and thermal implications

Isabelle Gouttevin et al.
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Snow insulates the ground from the cold air in the Arctic winter, majorly affecting permafrost. This insulation depends on snow characteristics and is poorly quantified. Here, we characterize it at a carbon-rich permafrost site, using a recent technique that retrieves the 3-D structure of snow and its thermal properties. We adapt a snowpack model enabling the simulation of this insulation over a whole winter. We estimate that local snow variations induce up to a 6 °C spread in soil temperatures.
Snow insulates the ground from the cold air in the Arctic winter, majorly affecting permafrost....
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