Influence of Strong Winds on Snow Distribution and Avalanche Activity

R. Meister
1989 Annals of Glaciology  
In a local range, crest winds were compared with winds at lower stations to make it possible to initiate a drift-transport model which would predict snow accumulation patterns on leeward slopes. Corrections to the model input were made after consideration of detailed drift-flux measurements in the lowest 2 m above snow surface. Good agreement was found between the total length of large avalanches in a path near the crest, the appropriate wind reading and the corrected snow-depth increments in
more » ... pth increments in the rupture zone. Control of medium-sized avalanches likely to cause injury to skiers can be improved with the proposed method.
doi:10.1017/s0260305500007886 fatcat:46dfrpuy7zgyzfsm6f3k6ppam4