Tomography-based monitoring of isothermal snow metamorphism under advective conditions

P. P. Ebner, M. Schneebeli, A. Steinfeld
2015 The Cryosphere Discussions  
Time-lapse X-ray micro-tomography was used to investigate the structural dynamics of isothermal snow metamorphism exposed to an advective airflow. Diffusion and advection across the snow pores were analysed in controlled laboratory experiments. The 3-D digital geometry obtained by tomographic scans was used in direct pore-level numerical simulations to determine the effective transport properties. The results showed that isothermal advection with saturated air have no influence on the
more » ... rate that is typical for isothermal snow metamorphism. Diffusion originating in the Kelvin effect between snow structures dominates and is the main transport process in isothermal snow packs.
doi:10.5194/tcd-9-1021-2015 fatcat:szfqxkas5nehtkol3v4ee36xua