Snow temperature gradient

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Snow temperature gradient (Tgrad) The change in the temperature of the snow with depth.
Snow temperature gradient (Tgrad) The change in the temperature of the snow with depth.

Snow temperature gradient Tgrad The change in the temperature of the snow with depth expressed by the equation:

Tgrad = (Ts - Tb) / Zs where

  • Ts: snow surface temperature (°C),
  • Tb: snow bottom temperature (°C), and
  • Zs: snow depth (m).

Tgrad is expressed as °C m-1 (°C/m).

The snow temperature gradient increases as air temperatures (snow surface temperatures) decrease.


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[edit] Reference

  1. ALISON Alaska Lake Ice Snow Observatory Network [1]
  2. Thomas Kaempfer's Snow Page [2]

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