Item: A portable capacitance snow sounding instrument
Title: A portable capacitance snow sounding instrument
Proceedings: Proceedings of the 1998 International Snow Science Workshop, Sunriver, Oregon
Authors: Michel Y. Louge, Robert L. Foster, Newel Jensen and Ralph Patterson
Abstract: We describe a penetration field-portable capacitance instrument capable of recording profiles of dielectric permittivity at a horizontal resolution of 2.5 mm through layers of relatively dry snow packs. Using independent calibrations, measurements of the dielectric modulus through a typical winter snow pack provided an accurate profile of density later confirmed by the excavation of a detailed snow cover profile.
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Keywords: avalanche forecasting, snow density, snow electrical properties, snow water equivalent, snow stratigraphy
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