Geometry and Density of Drifts Formed by Snow Fences

Ronald D. Tabler
1980 Journal of Glaciology  
AbstractThis paper presents results from studies of snow-drifts formed by vertical-slat "Canadian" and horizontal-slat "Wyoming" snow fences having 50% porosity and heightsHfrom 0.8 to 3.8 m, on nearly level terrain. Characteristics of equilibrium lee drifts behind the Wyoming fence include cross-sectional area 19.3H2, length 30H, maximum depth 1.20H. and water-equivalent volume 6.8H2.18. Up-wind drift dimensions include maximum depth 0.5Hand length 12H. Drifts behind Canadian fences are about
more » ... 5% smaller than for the Wyoming design. Polynomial regression equations are fitted to drift profiles for both fence types. Relationships are presented for the effects of wind orientation and curvature of drifts near fence ends, as well as empirical equations describing pre-equilibrium geometry relative to degree of saturation. Mean density ρ (kg/m3) of drifted snow having depthy(m), is given by ρ = 376+158 logy.
doi:10.1017/s0022143000010935 fatcat:6h55f5yqfjdhjfzvphb7qztx4m