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dc.contributor.author Pigeon, Karine E.
dc.contributor.author Jiskoot, Hester
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-26T22:04:19Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-26T22:04:19Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Pigeon, K. E., & Jiskoot, H. (2008). Meteorological controls on snowpack formation and dynamics in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains. Arctic, Antarctic, and Alpine Research, 40(4), 716-730. DOI: 10.1657/1523-0430(07-054)[PIGEON]2.0.CO;2 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10133/5591
dc.description Sherpa Romeo green journal. Open access article. Creative Commons Attribution license applies en_US
dc.description.abstract Considerable spatial variability in snow properties exists within apparently uniform slopes, often resulting from microscale weather patterns determined by local terrain. Since it is costly to establish abundant weather stations in a region, local lapse rates may offer an alternative for predicting snowpack characteristics. For two Castle Mountain Resort weather stations, we present the 2003–2004 winter season weather and snow profile data and the 1999–2004 winter season lapse rates. A third site was sampled for small-scale spatial variability. Layer thickness, stratigraphy, temperature gradients, crusts, wind drift layers, stability, and settlement were compared between the sites and correlated with temperature, wind, and lapse rates. Average yearly snowfall was 470 cm at the Base and 740 cm at the Upper station. Average daily maximum and minimum temperature lapse rates are 26.1uC km21 and 25.7uC km21 when inversions are removed. Inversions occur mostly at night, adversely affecting lapse rate averages. Lapse rate modes are unaffected and most often 26.3uC km 21. Snowpack spatial variability is ,25% of layer thickness and is controlled by wind and topography. Layer settlement is primarily related to initial snow thickness and wind drift. Snowpacks stabilize with age, unless rain crusts are present, which are important low-force failure horizons. en_US
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dc.publisher Taylor & Francis Open en_US
dc.subject Snowpack
dc.subject Castle Mountain Resort
dc.subject Meteorological data
dc.title Meteorological controls on snowpack formation and dynamics in the southern Canadian Rocky Mountains en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.publisher.faculty Arts and Science en_US
dc.publisher.department Department of Geography en_US
dc.description.peer-review Yes en_US
dc.publisher.institution University of Lethbridge en_US
dc.publisher.url https://doi.org/10.1657/1523-0430(07-054)[PIGEON]2.0.CO;2 en_US


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