A comprehensive study into the insulation property of snow in Kevo Finland

Mountain, James (2007) A comprehensive study into the insulation property of snow in Kevo Finland. BSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    Temperature probes were used to measure the temperature difference between the surface and the bottom of a snowpack, this temperature difference was then converted into an insulation factor for that particular sample site. This insulation factor was standardised so that comparisons could be made between sample sites within the study area. A range of other variables were also recorded at these sample sites, these variables included both variables of the snowpack such as depth but also variable concerning the surrounding environment such as exposure. This study was carried out in an effort to try and discover and explain the relationships that these variables had with the insulation factor. With an aim to finding the variable that the insulation factor is most dependant on. It was found that the snow depth did not have the greatest impact on the insulation factor of the snow, but it was in fact a topographic component that influenced the insulation property of snow the most however the relationships were found to be extremely complex varying over the spatial scale of two consecutive winters.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:47
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:13
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/379

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