Snow Transport as a Function of Wind Speed and Height

by Ronald D. Tabler, Tabler and Associates, Niwot, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Cold Regions Engineering


When limitations are placed on mass flux in the saltation layer, a regression equation relating mass flux to wind speed and height above surface, developed by Mellor and Fellers (1986), provides reasonable estimates for snow transport totaled to 5 m height. This relationship can be used to estimate the quantity, direction, and vertical distribution of seasonal snow transport from wind records.

Subject Headings: Snow | Wind speed | Wind direction | Regression analysis | Salts | Seasonal variations | Mass transport

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