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Six Years of Snow-Fence Testing in France

  • G. Brugnot (a1)

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Drifting snow creates problems which have practical effects in France in two situations. The first situation is when the result of wind action on snow is to cause accumulation of this snow on mountains, leeward of crests, and consequently to create the potential hazard of avalanche. The second is when the result is to pile up snow in flat regions wherever there are obstacles such as road cuttings and vegetation. This paper focuses on the second type of problem, which affects large areas of central and north-eastern France. We explain how we have chosen our test site, which initial experiments we have conducted in order to assess the general geometrical features which a snow fence must possess in order to function most effectively in collecting snow, and how subsequently we have assessed the properties and costs of different fencing systems.

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Six Years of Snow-Fence Testing in France

  • G. Brugnot (a1)

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