Articles | Volume 11, issue 9
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-5181-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-5181-2018
Research article
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12 Sep 2018
Research article |  | 12 Sep 2018

Characterisation of the melting layer variability in an Alpine valley based on polarimetric X-band radar scans

Floor van den Heuvel, Marco Gabella, Urs Germann, and Alexis Berne

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The paper aims at characterising and quantifying the spatio-temporal variability of the melting layer (ML; transition zone from solid to liquid precipitation). A method based on the Fourier transform is found to accurately describe different ML signatures. Hence, it is applied to characterise the ML variability in a relatively flat area and in an inner Alpine valley in Switzerland, where the variability at smaller spatial scales is found to be relatively more important.