The 2017 Outstanding Student Poster and PICO (OSPP) Awards is awarded to Louis Quéno for the poster entitled:
Forecasting and modelling ice layer formation on the snowpack due to freezing precipitation in the Pyrenees (Quéno, L.; Vionnet, V.; Cabot, F.; Vrécourt, D.; Dombrowski-Etchevers, I.)
Click here to download the poster/PICO file.
I am a PhD student at the Snow Studies Center (Météo-France/CNRS) of Grenoble in France. My research attempts to better simulate the snowpack variability in mountains through the detailed physical snowpack model Crocus driven by the kilometric-resolution meteorological forecasts from the Numerical Weather Prediction system AROME. We also try to complement the modelling benefits with the use of observations in mountainous terrain (e.g. satellite-derived incoming radiations).
In the PICO presented at EGU 2017, we combine the cloud microphysics of AROME to snowpack modelling to predict and model ice layer formation on the snow surface due to freezing precipitation in the Pyrenees. Such events often lead to fatalities among back-country skiers and mountaineers.