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Title: Seasonal snow of arctic Alaska R4D investigations. Final report

Abstract

Seasonal snow is present on the Arctic Slope of Alaska for nine months each year. Its presence or absence determines whether 80% of the solar radiation is reflected or absorbed, respectively. Although life on the Arctic Slope is adapted to, and in some cases dependent upon seasonal snow, little is known about it from a scientific point of view. Its quantity has been grossly underestimated, and knowledge of its distribution and the extent of wind transport and redistribution is very limited. This research project dealt with the amount, regional distribution and physical properties of wind blown snow and its biological role in the R4D area of the Arctic Slope. Physical processes which operate within the snow that were studied included the flux of heat and vapor and the fractionation of stable isotopes through it during fall and winter, and the complex heat and mass transfer within the snow and between snow, its substrate and the overlying atmosphere during the melt period.

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Alaska Univ., Fairbanks, AK (United States). Geophysical Inst.
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE, Washington, DC (United States)
OSTI Identifier:
10102355
Report Number(s):
DOE/ER/60245-T2
ON: DE93040082
DOE Contract Number:
FG06-84ER60245
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Resource Relation:
Other Information: PBD: Feb 1993
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
58 GEOSCIENCES; ALASKA; ATMOSPHERIC CHEMISTRY; SNOW; WIND; SOLAR RADIATION; PROGRESS REPORT; 580000; GEOSCIENCES

Citation Formats

Benson, C.S.. Seasonal snow of arctic Alaska R4D investigations. Final report. United States: N. p., 1993. Web. doi:10.2172/10102355.
Benson, C.S.. Seasonal snow of arctic Alaska R4D investigations. Final report. United States. doi:10.2172/10102355.
Benson, C.S.. Mon . "Seasonal snow of arctic Alaska R4D investigations. Final report". United States. doi:10.2172/10102355. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10102355.
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abstractNote = {Seasonal snow is present on the Arctic Slope of Alaska for nine months each year. Its presence or absence determines whether 80% of the solar radiation is reflected or absorbed, respectively. Although life on the Arctic Slope is adapted to, and in some cases dependent upon seasonal snow, little is known about it from a scientific point of view. Its quantity has been grossly underestimated, and knowledge of its distribution and the extent of wind transport and redistribution is very limited. This research project dealt with the amount, regional distribution and physical properties of wind blown snow and its biological role in the R4D area of the Arctic Slope. Physical processes which operate within the snow that were studied included the flux of heat and vapor and the fractionation of stable isotopes through it during fall and winter, and the complex heat and mass transfer within the snow and between snow, its substrate and the overlying atmosphere during the melt period.},
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year = {Mon Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 1993},
month = {Mon Feb 01 00:00:00 EST 1993}
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