6 April, 2002
Weather: Mostly Sunny
The Science Behind Conductive Heat Flux (Heat Flow), continued
Conductive Heat Flux is the transfer of energy from warmer to colder temperatures. Heat is less dense than cooler temperatures and will flow towards the atmosphere.
Heat flow depends on three variables: surface temperatures, snow depth, and snow density. Below are 6 diagrams illustrating changes from these three variables using temperature gradient within the snow cover. A steep temperature gradient indicates high conductive heat flux whereas a slight slope represents mild heat flow. We only calculate heat flux between the snow cover as a proxy of the entire "picture."
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