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Snow in Antarctica (SnowAnt)

The Action Group for Snow in Antarctica (SnowAnt) aims to improve the knowledge on depositional and metamorphic processes in Antarctic snow and its feedbacks to the climate system; to develop a snow classification for Antarctica; to protect pristine snow areas, and to implement a database to document disturbed areas, historic snow profiles, accumulation data from AWS, stake farms, surface radar profiles, shallow firn – snow cores.

The SnowAnt Action Group was established in 2014.  Its key goals are to:

  • Investigate: Improve the knowledge on depositional and metamorphic processes in Antarctic snow and its feedbacks to the climate system; develop a snow classification for Antarctica.
  • Protect: What is disturbed today will be in the ice core for the next ~1 My – preserve pristine snow areas; currently disturbed areas have to be mapped and coordinated with national logistic operators.
  • Implement: SnowREADER (database) to document disturbed areas, historic snow profiles, accumulation data from AWS, stake farms, surface radar profiles, shallow firn – snow cores.
  • Educate and Coordinate: Quantitative snow stratigraphy methods developed by the IACS working group MicroSnow should be implemented by snow schools; recognize the importance of snow for SCAR.

The members of the SnowAnt Action Group are on the site Members

And here the link to a presentation of the goals of SnowAnt