Articles | Volume 21, issue 11
Research article
10 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 10 Nov 2017

Liquid water infiltration into a layered snowpack: evaluation of a 3-D water transport model with laboratory experiments

Hiroyuki Hirashima, Francesco Avanzi, and Satoru Yamaguchi


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ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (further review by Editor) (27 Aug 2017) by Günter Blöschl
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ED: Publish as is (21 Sep 2017) by Günter Blöschl
Short summary
We reproduced the formation of capillary barriers and the development of preferential flow through snow using a multi-dimensional water transport model, which was then validated using laboratory experiments of liquid water infiltration into layered, initially dry snow. Simulation results showed that the model reconstructs some relevant features of capillary barriers and the timing of liquid water arrival at the snow base.