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  1. Frost-free North Polar Layers in the Good Old Summertime

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    2006-01-01

    17 October 2006 The middle portion of the northern summer season is the ideal time of year to capture relatively dust- and haze-free views of martian north polar terrain. This year, much more of the north polar cap has sublimed away than has been evident in previous northern summers going back to 1999, when Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) began the Mapping Phase of the mission. This MGS Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a nearly ice-free view of layers exposed by erosion in the north polar region. The light-toned patches are remnants of water ice frost. The layers are generally considered by the Mars scientific community to be record of past depositions of ice and dust. This picture is located near 82.5oN, 118.6oW, and covers an area about 3 km by 10 km (1.9 by 6.2 miles). Sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left; the image was acquired on 22 September 2006.

  2. Enhanced by Frost

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    2005-01-01

    30 September 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows outcrops of south polar layered terrain. Their appearance in this July 2005 springtime image is enhanced by bright patches of carbon dioxide frost. The frost is left over from the previous southern winter season; by summer, the frost would be gone.

    Location near: 84.6oS, 203.5oW Image width: width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Spring

  3. Frost on Mars Rover Opportunity

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    2004-01-01

    Frost can form on surfaces if enough water is present and the temperature is sufficiently low. On each of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers, the calibration target for the panoramic camera provides a good place to look for such events. A thin frost was observed by Opportunity's panoramic camera on the rover's 257th sol (Oct. 13, 2004) 11 minutes after sunrise (left image). The presence of the frost is most clearly seen on the post in the center of the target, particularly when compared with the unsegmented outer ring of the target, which is white. The post is normally black. For comparison, note the difference in appearance in the image on the right, taken about three hours later, after the frost had dissipated. Frost has not been observed at Spirit, where the amount of atmospheric water vapor is observed to be appreciably lower. Both images were taken through a filter centered at a wavelength of 440 nanometers (blue).

  4. Identifying and Mapping Seasonal Surface Water Frost with MGS TES

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    Bapst, J.; Bandfield, J. L.; Wood, S. E.

    2013-12-01

    The Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) visible/near-infrared and thermal infrared bolometers measured surface broadband albedo and temperature for more than three Mars years. As seasons progress on Mars, surface temperatures may fall below the frost point of volatiles in the atmosphere (namely, carbon dioxide and water). Systematic mapping of the spatial and temporal occurrence of these volatiles in the martian atmosphere, on the surface, and in the subsurface has shown their importance in understanding the climate of Mars. However, few studies have investigated seasonal surface water frost and its role in the global water cycle. We examine zonally-averaged TES daytime albedo, temperature, and water vapor abundance data [after Smith, 2004] to map the presence of surface water frost on Mars. Surface water frost occurs in the polar and mid latitudes, in regions with surface temperatures less than 220 K and above 150 K, and can significantly increase albedo relative to the bare surface. In the northern hemisphere water frost is most apparent in late fall/early winter, before the onset of carbon dioxide frost. Dust storms occurring near northern winter solstice affect albedo data and prevent us from putting a latitudinal lower limit on the water frost in the northern hemisphere. Regardless, seasonal water frost occurs at least as low as 48N in Utopia Planitia, beginning at Ls=~230, as observed by Viking Lander 2 [Svitek and Murray, 1990]. Daytime surface water frost was also observed at the Phoenix Lander site (68N) beginning at Ls=~160 [Cull et al., 2010]. The timing of albedo variations observed by TES agree relatively well with lander observations of seasonal frost. Seasonal water frost is not detected during fall in the southern hemisphere. A potential explanation for this discrepancy, compared with frost detections in the north, is the disparity in atmospheric water vapor abundance between the two hemispheres. The frost point temperatures for water vapor in the southern hemisphere are ~5-10 K lower for the corresponding season and latitude in the north [Smith, 2004]. This inhibits the stability of water frost on the surface in the southern hemisphere and also lowers the maximum thickness of a water frost layer, potentially limiting its effect on surface albedo. Our work here shows that the seasonal progression in the northern hemisphere of Mars involves extensive deposition of water frost, similar in progression to the carbon dioxide seasonal ice cap. This behavior results in variation of surface albedo and therefore affects surface and subsurface temperatures, which could impact the distribution of ground ice. Surface frost and subsequent mixing of vapor back into the atmosphere likely plays an important role in the global water cycle. Mapping of water frost's geographical extent, timing, and impact on surface albedo can provide insight into the processes controlling the present Martian climate. References: Cull, S. et al. (2010) JGR, 115, E00E19. Smith, M. D. (2004) Icarus, 167, 148-165. Svitek, T. and Murray, B. (1990) JGR, 95(B2), 1495-1510.

  5. Robert Frost on Writing.

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    Barry, Elaine

    This book is a collection of Frost's letters, reviews, introductions, lectures, and interviews on writing dating back to 1913. It provides Frost's view of literature, and its relation to language and social order. Part one, "Frost as a Literary Critic," discusses the scope of Frost's criticism and Frost as both critical theorist and practical

  6. Crushed aggregates for roads and their properties for frost protection

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    Kuznetsova, Elena; Willy Danielsen, Svein

    2015-04-01

    Crushed aggregates for roads and their properties for frost protection Elena Kuznetsova, NTNU and Svein Willy Danielsen, SINTEF With natural (fluvial, glaciofluvial) sand/gravel resources being rapidly depleted in many countries, the last decade has seen a significant trend towards using more alternative materials for construction purpose. In Norway the development and implementation of crushed aggregate technology has been the most important way to get around the problem with increased resource scarcity. Today Norway is one the European countries with the highest percentage of crushed/manufactured aggregates. A crushed product will reveal a different particle size distribution, a sharper, more angular particle shape, and not least - a significantly different mineral composition. The latter may often be characterised by more polymineral composition, and it will also much more depend on the local bedrock. When handled with care and knowledge, these differences can give the user a lot of new opportunities relating to materials design. Norwegian road construction practice has changed significantly during the last 40 years due to the replacement of gravel by crushed rock materials in the granular layers of the pavements. The use of non-processed rock materials from blasting was allowed in the subbase layer until 2012. This was a reason for a lot of problems with frost heaving due to inhomogeneity of this material, and in practice it was difficult to control the size of large stones. Since 2012 there is a requirement that rock materials for use in the subbase layer shall be crushed (Handbook N200, 2014). During the spring 2014 The Norwegian Public Roads Administration introduced a new handbook with requirements for roads construction in Norway, including new specifications for the frost protection layer. When pavements are constructed over moist and/or frost susceptible soils in cold and humid environments, the frost protection layer also becomes a very important part of the road system. According to new specification; the size of large stones for this layer should be maximum 0.5 m (longest edge) or ½ layer thickness. And minimum 30% of stones should be less than 90 mm. Fines content (<0.063 mm) should be maximum 15% of the material less than 22.4 mm. Analysing these new requirements, several questions are arising. First of all how this materials size will affect heat exchange in the layer, secondly - if the allowable fines content will make the materials frost susceptible. For calculations of frost protection layer thickness the knowledge of thermal conductivity of the aggregate layers is required. Handbook for geotechnical investigations of the soils provides this data for natural gravel which is limited by 0.7 - 1.3 W/mK. But when it comes to the crushed rocks, it can be significantly increased due to the higher conductivity of minerals (especially if they contain high amount of quartz), as well as due to higher effective conductivity. In rock-fill materials, i.e. materials with large particles and low degree of saturation, convection and radiation are the predominant heat transfer mechanisms. Convection and radiation can increase the effective conductivity by factor 2-10. Lebeau and Konrad (2007) showed that convection heat transfer could lead to the formation of undesirable permafrost conditions in toe drains of embankment dams located in Northern Quebec, i.e. in areas where there are no naturally occurring permafrost soils. In a frost design method the required parameter values of crushed rock aggregates are thermal conductivity, density and water content. The heat transfer during the freezing of natural soils is assumed proportional to thermal conductivity of the material. In a coarse-grained material with abundant pore space, convective heat transfer and radiation may be a considerable factor, sometimes even more significant than conduction. Specifications used by pavement engineers in most countries are solely based on grain size distribution and allowable fines content. The presence of fines in these layers can modify their frost susceptibility and cause severe degradation, especially with recent trends in climate change leading to more freeze-thaw cycle events during the winter season (Konrad & Lemieux, 2005). A higher content of fines due to sub-base wear will increase moisture in the structure and the risk of subsequent frost heave. Guthrie and Hermansson (2003) showed by laboratory tests in a closed drainage system that retained water in a soil sample was sufficient to feed the frost heave. Even though the most severe frost heave in real pavements occurs when the material is in contact with free water (open drainage system) we wanted to study freezing behaviour in aggregate materials having initial water contents (closed drainage system). The study presented here is part of a larger research program to investigate the properties of crushed rock materials in relation to frost heaving in the frost protection layer. An important issue will be the resistivity for frost penetration due to presence of water and fine particles. Due to new requirements for allowed fines content, it's essential to investigate if increased amount of stones <0.063 mm together with increasing of water content in the frost protection layer, will not lead to more frost heave problems. The objective of the present study was to investigate the influence of fines on the freezing characteristics of well-graded crushed aggregate in a closed drainage system. The reason for it is the understanding of the behaviour of the aggregate material when there is no access for any other water resources besides existing in the pavement (ex., from rain-fall). At the same time we did some estimation of thermal conductivity and frost penetration depth for all tested material using different aggregate density and water content. Experiments were made by using greenstones (methamorphic basaltic lava), collected in Vassfjellet, area of Sor-Trondelag, Norway. This material is commonly used for base, subbase and subgrade layers in roads and railways in the area. The material is of average strength (in Norway) and represents a typical material for this purpose. The influence of fines on the frost susceptibility of crushed rock aggregates in a closed drainage system was established by laboratory frost heave tests. A total of 10 samples with fines contents of 5%, 10% and 15% respectively were subjected to freezing in constant temperature. Also we made calculations for thermal conductivity by using Johansen's (1975) model. The study led to the following results: 1. Even for a closed system, without access of water, frost heave can occur just from redistributing water if the following conditions are met: a) Fines content exceeds 10%, b) Water content is around 7% 2. As to frost susceptibility classification, the crushed rock aggregates with 5% and 10% of fine material, fraction less than 0.063 mm, show negligible and/or low frost susceptibility. Those with 15% show medium frost susceptibility 3. Dry thermal conductivity for crushed rock samples, estimated by using Johansen's model, showed that an increase of dry density of 15% led to an increase of thermal conductivity of 75%. 4. Latent heat of fusion for all samples shows significant dependence on the water content, and less on the density 5. Highest calculated frost penetration depth was observed for dry samples. For other samples no big variation was found between 4% and 7% water content.

  7. Frost Growth and Densification in Laminar Flow Over Flat Surfaces

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    Kandula, Max

    2011-01-01

    One-dimensional frost growth and densification in laminar flow over flat surfaces has been theoretically investigated. Improved representations of frost density and effective thermal conductivity applicable to a wide range of frost circumstances have been incorporated. The validity of the proposed model considering heat and mass diffusion in the frost layer is tested by a comparison of the predictions with data from various investigators for frost parameters including frost thickness, frost surface temperature, frost density and heat flux. The test conditions cover a range of wall temperature, air humidity ratio, air velocity, and air temperature, and the effect of these variables on the frost parameters has been exemplified. Satisfactory agreement is achieved between the model predictions and the various test data considered. The prevailing uncertainties concerning the role air velocity and air temperature on frost development have been elucidated. It is concluded that that for flat surfaces increases in air velocity have no appreciable effect on frost thickness but contribute to significant frost densification, while increase in air temperatures results in a slight increase the frost thickness and appreciable frost densification.

  8. Dielectrophoretic interdigitated electrode arrays in the presence of double layer

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    Loire, Sophie; Mezic, Igor

    2008-11-01

    Uncharged particles in electrolytic solutions can be manipulated using a nonuniform AC electric field which generates a dielectrophoretic (DEP) force, acting on those particles. Nonuniform AC electric fields generated by coplanar microelectrodes also produce steady fluid flow in electrolytic solutions also called AC electroosmosis, ACEO. This fluid flow is explained by the presence of an electrode shielding or double layer where ions from the bulk fluid are distributed above electrodes when an electric field is applied. If the electric field is constant, the distribution of ions can be described by Debye and Huckel. If the electric field is alternating, as is the case in dielectrophoretic, the behavior of the double layer becomes more complex. The presence of this double layer is significant for microfluidic applications and combined use of ACEO and DEP have been used to manipulate micro and nano-particles. DEP force fields have been studied ignoring the presence of the double layer. We study the influence of the electrode shielding on the dielectrophoresis forces. We adopt the simple mathematical model used in previous simulations of ACEO pumps. Neglecting Faradaic reactions, the double layer on each electrode acts like a capacitor with a constant capacitance in the linear regime of small voltages. According to this approach, the DEP force field has interesting properties which could now give an understanding of some previously unexplained experimental observations.

  9. Frost formation with salt

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    Guadarrama-Cetina, J.; Mongruel, A.; González-Viñas, W.; Beysens, D.

    2015-06-01

    The formation of frost in presence of salt (NaCl) crystal is experimentally investigated on a hydrophobic surface. It presents several remarkable features due to the interplay of salty-water saturation pressure evolution, initially lower than the saturation pressure of ice and water, and the percolating propagation of ice dendrites from defects throughout the supercooled water droplet pattern. In particular, it is remarkable that nucleation of supercooled water and/or ice is prevented around the salty drop in a region of inhibited condensation where the substrate remains dry. As condensation proceeds, salt concentration decreases to eventually become lower than ice's, allowing ice dendrites to hit the salty drop. Salty water then melts ice but eventually freezes as an effect of dilution.

  10. Frost Flower Chemistry and Physics: a Hudson Bay Field Study

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    Obbard, R. W.; Atkinson, H. M.; Hutterli, M. A.; Roscoe, H. K.; Wolff, E.

    2008-12-01

    Frost flowers are an important part of air-ice surface exchange in the polar regions and play a role in halogen chemistry in the troposphere. Their presence affects our ice core interpretation, understanding of past atmospheric circulation and climate modeling. Frost flowers were observed and collected in areas of differing salinity from sea ice on the Hudson Bay, Quebec in March 2008. Specific surface areas of the frost flower samples were obtained using CH4 adsorption at 77K in a volumetric apparatus, followed by Brunuaer- Emmett-Teller analysis. The enrichment or depletion in certain ions in frost flowers helps us understand their contributions to atmospheric chemistry. Chemical analysis was performed on the frost flower melt and on local seawater and brine, and we examine sulfate and bromide enrichment factors (with respect to chloride). We present this data together with photomicrographs of frost flowers from the area to illustrate the effects of temperature and salinity on frost flower morphology and composition.

  11. Influence of Several Parameters on Frost Growth in Low Temperature Environments

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    Yamashita, Koji; Ohkubo, Hidetoshi

    In order to increase the coefficient of performance of heat exchangers under frosting conditions such as in air conditioners, showcases, and unit coolers, it is necessary to elucidate the frost deposition mechanism in low temperature environments. Frost properties were measured at air temperature below 0°C. The experimental results were analyzed and a simulation model of frost growth in low temperature environments was developed. In the simulation model, frost growth during the crystal growth period was calculated by using the ice column model of Tao et al. and during the subsequent frost growth period, another model was used; the frost growth was calculated according to diffusion into the frost layer on the basis of Fick's law and the model of Le Gall et al. The simulations were performed to calculate the frost growth on a flat plate and the influences of several parameters on frosting phenomenon were elucidated at air temperature of about 0°C.

  12. Polygons in Martian Frost

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-428, 21 July 2003

    This June 2003 Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a polygonal pattern developed in seasonal carbon dioxide frost in the martian southern hemisphere. The frost accumulated during the recent southern winter; it is now spring, and the carbon dioxide frost is subliming away. This image is located near 80.4oS, 200.2oW; it is illuminated by sunlight from the upper left, and covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) across.

  13. Frosted Sand Dunes

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    2002-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] (Released 22 July 2002) This image, located near 79.6 N and 142.7 E, displays sand dunes covered in CO2 frost. This is a region of Mars that contains circumpolar sand seas. The large sand deposits and the high winds that circulate around the pole allow for the formation of a huge dune field that surrounds the north polar cap. As the northern hemisphere progresses towards winter, CO2 frost condenses out of the atmosphere and covers the dunes. During northern spring, the CO2 sublimates and the dunes are once again uncovered and active. This image was taken as northern spring progresses and the crests of the dunes are just starting to be exposed. The dark dune material absorbs sunlight more efficiently than the brighter frost, aiding in the sublimation of the remaining frost.

  14. A model for nocturnal frost formation on a wing section: Aircraft takeoff performance penalties

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    Dietenberger, M. A.

    1983-01-01

    The nocturnal frost formation on a wing section, to explain the hazard associated with frost during takeoff was investigated. A model of nocturnal frost formation on a wing section which predicts when the nocturnal frost will form and also its thickness and density as a function of time was developed. The aerodynamic penalities as related to the nocturnal frost formation properties were analyzed to determine how much the takeoff performance would be degraded by a specific frost layer. With an aircraft takeoff assuming equations representing a steady climbing flight, it is determined that a reduction in the maximum gross weight or a partial frost clearance and a reduction in the takeoff angle of attack is needed to neutralize drag and life penalities which are due to frost. Atmospheric conditions which produce the most hazardous frost buildup are determined.

  15. The control of carbon dioxide cryodeposits. [of frost for liquid hydrogen tankage thermal protection

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    Sharpe, E. L.

    1973-01-01

    An experimental study has been conducted to investigate the parameters affecting the cryodeposition of carbon dioxide frost. In the investigation carbon dioxide frost was cryodeposited from a helium-carbon dioxide mixture into a layer of fibrous insulation surrounding a cylindrical cryogenic tank. Results of the study indicated that not only did deposition occur on the frost surface but also within the frost layer. Over the range of variables investigated both the frost density and the mass of frost deposited were most sensitive to the time of deposition, the percent of carbon dioxide in the purge-gas mixture, and the thickness of the insulation. Frost density and mass of frost deposition were found to increase with time and percent carbon dioxide, and to decrease with increasing insulation thickness.

  16. Moisture performance analysis of EPS frost insulation

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    Ojanen, T.; Kokko, E.

    1997-11-01

    A horizontal layer of expanded polystyrene foam (EPS) is widely used as a frost insulation of building foundations in the Nordic countries. The performance properties of the insulation depend strongly on the moisture level of the material. Experimental methods are needed to produce samples for testing the material properties in realistic moisture conditions. The objective was to analyze the moisture loads and the wetting mechanisms of horizontal EPS frost insulation. Typical wetting tests, water immersion and diffusive water vapor absorption tests, were studied and the results were compared with the data from site investigations. Usually these tests give higher moisture contents of EPS than what are detected in drained frost insulation applications. Also the effect of different parameters, like the immersion depth and temperature gradient were studied. Special attention was paid to study the effect of diffusion on the wetting process. Numerical simulation showed that under real working conditions the long period diffusive moisture absorption in EPS frost insulation remained lower than 1% Vol. Moisture performance was determined experimentally as a function of the distance between the insulation and the free water level in the ground. The main moisture loads and the principles for good moisture performance of frost insulation are presented.

  17. Frost on Mars

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    2008-01-01

    This image shows bluish-white frost seen on the Martian surface near NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander. The image was taken by the lander's Surface Stereo Imager on the 131st Martian day, or sol, of the mission (Oct. 7, 2008). Frost is expected to continue to appear in images as fall, then winter approach Mars' northern plains.

    The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  18. A frost formation model and its validation under various experimental conditions

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    Dietenberger, M. A.

    1982-01-01

    A numerical model that was used to calculate the frost properties for all regimes of frost growth is described. In the first regime of frost growth, the initial frost density and thickness was modeled from the theories of crystal growth. The 'frost point' temperature was modeled as a linear interpolation between the dew point temperature and the fog point temperature, based upon the nucleating capability of the particular condensing surfaces. For a second regime of frost growth, the diffusion model was adopted with the following enhancements: the generalized correlation of the water frost thermal conductivity was applied to practically all water frost layers being careful to ensure that the calculated heat and mass transfer coefficients agreed with experimental measurements of the same coefficients.

  19. Frost-covered dunes

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    1999-01-01

    MOC image of dunes in Chasma Boreale, a giant trough in the north polar cap. This September 1998 view shows dark sand emergent from beneath a veneer of bright frost left over from the northern winter that ended in July 1998.

  20. Tints, Shades and Frost

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    Sterling, Joan

    2009-01-01

    This article describes a classroom art project inspired by the work of Robert Frost, one of the most acclaimed and beloved American poets of all time. Using tints and shades in a composition, this project demonstrates how quality literature may be incorporated into elementary art lessons in a very useful way, making art an important complement to

  1. A transient analysis of frost formation on a parallel plate evaporator

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    Martinez-Frias, J.; Aceves, S.M.; Hernandez-Guerrero, A.

    1996-12-31

    This paper presents the development of a transient model for evaluating frost formation on a parallel plate evaporator for heat pump applications. The model treats the frost layer as a porous substance, and applies the equations of conservation of mass, momentum and energy to calculate the growth and densification of the frost layer. Empirical correlations for thermal conductivity and tortuosity as a function of density are incorporated from previous studies. Frost growth is calculated as a function of time, Reynolds number, longitudinal location, plate temperature, and ambient air temperature and humidity. The main assumptions are: ideal gas behavior for air and water vapor, uniform frost density and thermal conductivity across the thickness of the frost layer; and quasi-steady conditions during the whole process. The mathematical model is validated by comparing the predicted values of frost thickness and frost density with results obtained in recent experimental studies. A good agreement was obtained in the comparison. The frost formation model calculates pressure drop and heat transfer resistance that result from the existence of the frost layer, and it can therefore be incorporated into a heat pump model to evaluate performance losses due to frosting as a function of weather conditions and time of operation since the last evaporator defrost.

  2. Morning Frost on Martian Surface

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    2008-01-01

    A thin layer of water frost is visible on the ground around NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander in this image taken by the Surface Stereo Imager at 6 a.m. on Sol 79 (August 14, 2008), the 79th Martian day after landing. The frost begins to disappear shortly after 6 a.m. as the sun rises on the Phoenix landing site.

    The sun was about 22 degrees above the horizon when the image was taken, enhancing the detail of the polygons, troughs and rocks around the landing site.

    This view is looking east southeast with the lander's eastern solar panel visible in the bottom lefthand corner of the image. The rock in the foreground is informally named 'Quadlings' and the rock near center is informally called 'Winkies.'

    This false color image has been enhanced to show color variations.

    The Phoenix Mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development is by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  3. Ultrasonic Frost Suppression

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    Adachi, Kazunari; Saiki, Kazushi; Sato, Hiroki; Ito, Takahiro

    2003-02-01

    The authors have observed the accumulation of frost on the surface of a rectangular aluminum alloy (duralumin) plate flexurally vibrating at approximately 37 kHz in an atmosphere of almost 100% relative humidity at 2C. The plate surface, which had been prepolished with abrasive slurry for maintaining its average surface roughness of about 100 nm, was refrigerated at a temperature of -20C with cold carbon-dioxide gas as coolant. Experiments have been conducted with and without fine silver oxide powder spread on the plate surface so as to examine the effect of artificial ice crystal nuclei. Ultrasonic vibrations with an amplitude of 3.4 ?m (rms) are found to suppress frost accumulation by approximately 60%. The phenomenon cannot be ascribed directly to the heat generation caused by high-amplitude vibration, but may have a complex mechanical and/or acoustical effect on small ice crystals.

  4. Polygons in Seasonal Frost

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    2004-01-01

    8 February 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a summertime scene in the south polar region of the red planet. A patch of bright frost--possibly water ice--is seen in the lower third of the image. Polygon patterns that have developed in the ice as it sublimes away can be seen; these are not evident in the defrosted surfaces, so they are thought to have formed in the frost. This image is located near 82.6oS, 352.5oW. Sunlight illuminates this scene from the upper left; the image covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide.

  5. Frost in Charitum Montes

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-387, 10 June 2003

    This is a Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) wide angle view of the Charitum Montes, south of Argyre Planitia, in early June 2003. The seasonal south polar frost cap, composed of carbon dioxide, has been retreating southward through this area since spring began a month ago. The bright features toward the bottom of this picture are surfaces covered by frost. The picture is located near 57oS, 43oW. North is at the top, south is at the bottom. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the upper left. The area shown is about 217 km (135 miles) wide.

  6. Casimir force in presence of multi layer magnetodielectric slabs

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    Kheirandish, Fardin; Soltani, Morteza; Sarabadani, Jalal

    2011-03-15

    Research Highlights: > The Casimir force has been obtained in the presence of some dielectrics. > The approach is based on a Lagrangian. > It can be generalized to include the rough surfaces. > Finite temperature correction can be easily obtained. - Abstract: By using the path-integral formalism, electromagnetic field in the presence of some linear, isotropic magnetodielectric slabs is quantized and related correlation functions are found. In the framework of path-integral techniques, Casimir force between two infinitely large, parallel and ideal conductors, with a different number of magnetodielectric slabs in between, is obtained by calculating the Green's function corresponding to each geometry.

  7. Frost Forecasting for Fruitgrowers

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    Martsolf, J. D.; Chen, E.

    1983-01-01

    Progress in forecasting from satellite data reviewed. University study found data from satellites displayed in color and used to predict frost are valuable aid to agriculture. Study evaluated scheme to use Earth-temperature data from Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite in computer model that determines when and where freezing temperatures endanger developing fruit crops, such as apples, peaches and cherries in spring and citrus crops in winter.

  8. Water frost on Charon

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    Buie, Marc W.; Cruikshank, Dale P.; Lebofsky, Larry A.; Tedesco, Edward F.

    1987-01-01

    New spectra of the Pluto-Charon system taken just before and during a total eclipse of the satellite are presented. The spectrum of Charon extracted from the data reveals the signature of water ice. There is no evidence for any methane or ammonia frost on the surface of Charon. The significance of these findings for the evolution of the Pluto-Charon system are discussed.

  9. Frost on Dunes

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    2005-01-01

    18 March 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows dark dunes on a crater floor during the southern spring. Some of the dunes have frost on their south-facing slopes.

    Location near: 52.3oS, 326.7oW Image width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Spring

  10. Ubiquitous presence of laminae in altered layers of glass artefacts

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    Gentaz, L.; Lombardo, T.; Verney-Carron, A.; Chabas, A.; Loisel, C.; Neff, D.; Gin, S.; Leroy, E.

    Whatever the chemical composition and the origin (natural or man-made) or the surrounding environment is, glass materials undergo alteration processes leading to the modification of their structure and chemical composition. Similar alteration patterns can be observed in different historical glass types, especially alteration layers characterized by a laminated structure. The study of medieval stained glass windows (14th century AD, from Northern France) and Roman glass blocks (2nd century AD, from a shipwreck in the Mediterranean Sea) with several centuries of exposure in atmospheric and marine conditions, respectively, show that laminated features, commonly described at micro-scale (e.g. lamination), can also be found at the nano-scale (laminae) using TEM analysis on FIB ultra-thin section. These features develop on different alteration layers - in the gel layer for medieval glass and in crystalline secondary phases (smectites) for Roman glass - showing that the formation mechanisms vary according to the exposure environment and the chemical composition of the glass.

  11. Polar frost formation on Ganymede

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    Johnson, R. E.

    1985-01-01

    Voyager photographs have shown the presence of polar frost on Ganymede, a satellite of Jupiter. A number of models have been proposed for the formation of this feature. The models are based on the transport of material from the equatorial to the polar regions. The present paper is concerned with a model regarding the origin and appearance of the Ganymede caps which does not depend on such a transport. The model is based on observations of the surficial changes produced by ion bombardment. It is pointed out that experiments on ion and electron bombardment of water ice at low temperatures have shown that these particles sputter significant quantities of water molecules. In addition, they also change the visual characteristics of the surface significantly. Ion bombardment competing with thermal reprocessing may be sufficient to explain the latitudinal differences observed on Ganymede.

  12. Influences of surface hydrophilicity on frost formation on a vertical cold plate under natural convection conditions

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    Liu, Zhongliang; Zhang, Xinghua; Wang, Hongyan; Meng, Sheng; Cheng, Shuiyuan

    2007-07-15

    Surface hydrophilicity has a strong influence on frost nucleation according to phase transition theory. To study this effect, a close observation of frost formation and deposition processes on a vertical plate was made under free convection conditions. The formation and shape variation of frost crystals during the initial period are described and the frost thickness variation with time on both hydrophobic and plain copper cold surfaces are presented. The various influencing factors are discussed in depth. The mechanism of surface hydrophilicity influence on frost formation was analyzed theoretically. This revealed that increasing the contact angle can increase the potential barrier and restrain crystal nucleation and growth and thus frost deposition. The experimental results show that the initial water drops formed on a hydrophobic surface are smaller and remain in the liquid state for a longer time compared with ones formed on a plain copper surface. It is also observed that the frost layer deposited on a hydrophobic surface is loose and weak. Though the hydrophobic surface can retard frost formation to a certain extent and causes a looser frost layer, our experimental results show that it does not depress the growth of the frost layer. (author)

  13. Seasonal Frost Changes on Mars

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    2003-01-01

    Observations by NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft show a comparison of wintertime (left) and summertime (right) views of the north polar region of Mars in intermediate-energy, or epithermal, neutrons. The maps are based on data from the high-energy neutron detector, an instrument in Odyssey's gamma-ray spectrometer suite. Soil enriched by hydrogen is indicated by the purple and deep blue colors on the maps. Progressively smaller amounts of hydrogen are shown in the colors light blue, green, yellow and red. The hydrogen is believed to be in the form of water ice. In some areas, the abundance of water ice is estimated to be up to 90% by volume. In winter, much of the hydrogen is hidden beneath a layer of carbon dioxide frost (dry ice). In the summer, the hydrogen is revealed because the carbon dioxide frost has dissipated. A shaded-relief rendition of topography is superimposed on these maps for geographic reference.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. Investigators at Arizona State University in Tempe, the University of Arizona in Tucson, and NASA's Johnson Space Center, Houston, operate the science instruments. The gamma-ray spectrometer was provided by the University of Arizona in collaboration with the Russian Aviation and Space Agency and Institute for Space Research (IKI), which provided the high-energy neutron detector, and the Los Alamos National Laboratories, New Mexico, which provided the neutron spectrometer. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  14. Winter Frost and Fog

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    2005-01-01

    This somewhat oblique blue wide angle Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows the 174 km (108 mi) diameter crater, Terby, and its vicinity in December 2004. Located north of Hellas, this region can be covered with seasonal frost and ground-hugging fog, even in the afternoon, despite being north of 30oS. The subtle, wavy pattern is a manifestation of fog.

    Location near: 28oS, 286oW Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Winter

  15. Sand Dunes with Frost

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    2004-01-01

    9 May 2004 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a suite of frost-covered sand dunes in the north polar region of Mars in early spring, 2004. The dunes indicate wind transport of sand from left to right (west to east). These landforms are located near 78.1oN, 220.8oW. This picture is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left and covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across.

  16. Frost-free Dunes

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    2006-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA03291 Frost-free Dunes

    These dark dunes are frost covered for most of the year. As southern summer draws to a close, the dunes have been completely defrosted.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -66.6N, Longitude 37.0E. 34 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  17. Frost characteristics and heat transfer on a flat plate under freezer operating conditions: Part 2, Numerical modeling and comparison with data

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    Chen, H.; Besant, R.W.; Tao, Y.X.

    1999-07-01

    An existing numerical model for frost growth as a porous media is modified to include boundary conditions for a relatively high-density frost layer adjacent to a cold plate and turbulent airflow over a rough frost-air interface. Low-density frost grows on top of this high-density surface layer. Simulation results compare well with the data for selected test conditions where experimental uncertainty is small. When the experimental uncertainty is small, a validated physical/numerical model may be the best means of interpreting the physical nature of frost growth and extrapolating a limited database for frost growth.

  18. Dunes with Frost

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    2004-01-01

    31 May 2004 Springtime for the martian northern hemisphere brings defrosting spots and patterns to the north polar dune fields. This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an example located near 76.7oN, 250.4oW. In summer, these dunes would be darker than their surroundings. However, while they are still covered by frost, they are not any darker than the substrate across which the sand is slowly traveling. Dune movement in this case is dominated by winds that blow from the southwest (lower left) toward the northeast (upper right). The picure covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated by sunlight from the lower left.

  19. Seasonal Frost in Terra Sirenum

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    2006-01-01

    This image of the Terra Sirenum region of Mars was taken by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) at 0918 UTC (4:18 a.m. EST) on Nov. 25, 2006, near 38.9 degrees south latitude, 195.9 degrees east longitude. CRISM's image was taken in 544 colors covering 0.36-3.92 micrometers, and shows features as small as 18 meters (60 feet) across.

    At this time, Mars' southern hemisphere was experiencing mid-winter. During Martian southern winter, the southern polar cap is covered and surrounded by carbon dioxide frost and water frost. This is unlike Earth, whose frozen winter precipitation is made up of only one volatile -- water. The carbon dioxide frost evaporates, or sublimates, at a lower temperature than water frost. So, during spring, the carbon dioxide ice evaporates first and leaves a residue of water frost, which later sublimates as well.

    The image shown here covers part of a crater rim, which is illuminated from the upper left. North is at the top. The topography creates a cold microenvironment on the south side of the rim that is partially protected from solar illumination. That cold surface contains an outlier of the southern seasonal frost about 15 degrees of latitude closer to the equator than the average edge of the frost at this season.

    The top image was constructed from three infrared wavelengths that highlight the bluer color of frost than the background rock and soil. Note that the frost occurs both on sunlit and shaded surfaces on the south side of the rim. The shaded areas are still visible because they are illuminated indirectly by the Martian sky.

    The bottom image was constructed by measuring the depths of spectral absorption bands due to water frost and carbon dioxide frost, and displaying the results in image form. Blue shows strength of an absorption due to water frost near 1.50 micrometers, and green shows strength of an absorption due to carbon dioxide frost near 1.45 micrometers. Red shows brightness of the surface at 1.33 micrometers -- outside of the frost absorption bands -- in order to show the relationship of frost to the illuminated crater rim.

    In comparing the top and bottom images, note that water frost occurs in many locations on the south-facing side of the crater rim, both in sunlit and shaded areas. Because it faces away from the sun, this side of the crater rim is colder than the north, sun-facing side. This favors the formation of frost. In contrast, carbon dioxide frost occurs only in the coldest, most shaded areas.

    CRISM's mission: Find the spectral fingerprints of aqueous and hydrothermal deposits and map the geology, composition and stratigraphy of surface features. The instrument will also watch the seasonal variations in Martian dust and ice aerosols, and water content in surface materials -- leading to new understanding of the climate.

    The Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) is one of six science instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Led by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the CRISM team includes expertise from universities, government agencies and small businesses in the United States and abroad.

  20. Modeling the effects of martian surface frost on ice table depth

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    Williams, K. E.; McKay, Christopher P.; Heldmann, J. L.

    2015-11-01

    Ground ice has been observed in small fresh craters in the vicinity of the Viking 2 lander site (48N, 134E). To explain these observations, current models for ground ice invoke levels of atmospheric water of 20 precipitable micrometers - higher than observations. However, surface frost has been observed at the Viking 2 site and surface water frost and snow have been shown to have a stabilizing effect on Antarctic subsurface ice. A snow or frost cover provides a source of humidity that should reduce the water vapor gradient and hence retard the sublimation loss from subsurface ice. We have modeled this effect for the Viking 2 landing site with combined ground ice and surface frost models. Our model is driven by atmospheric output fields from the NASA Ames Mars General Circulation Model (MGCM). Our modeling results show that the inclusion of a thin seasonal frost layer, present for a duration similar to that observed by the Viking Lander 2, produces ice table depths that are significantly shallower than a model that omits surface frost. When a maximum frost albedo of 0.35 was permitted, seasonal frost is present in our model from Ls = 182 to Ls = 16, resulting in an ice table depth of 64 cm - which is 24 cm shallower than the frost-free scenario. The computed ice table depth is only slightly sensitive to the assumed maximum frost albedo or thickness in the model.

  1. Robert Frost: Teacher "Earner, Learner, Yearner."

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    Vogel, Nancy Sue

    An account of Robert Frost's teaching, along with an assessment of it, are presented. Material consulted includes Frost's published letters, prose, and poetry; Lawrance Thompson's authorized biography; Lesley Frost's "New Hampshire's Child: The Derry Journals of Lesley Frost;" and additional sources such as films and periodicals, particularly

  2. Experimental strategies for frost analysis

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    Janssen, Daniel D.

    An area of increasing importance in the field of refrigeration is the study of frosting and defrosting. Frosting poses a concern to many refrigeration systems, as frost growth both obstructs airflow through low temperature heat exchangers and increases heat transfer resistance. Drastic decreases in system efficiency result from the compounding of these problems, and because it is difficult to prevent the frosting process, refrigeration systems must be defrosted periodically to restore optimal operating conditions. A deeper understanding of the complex physical processes of frosting and defrosting will lead to more efficient refrigeration system designs; an idea which has driven a rise in frost growth research over recent decades. Although research has shown great progress, there remain significant challenges associated with predicting the frosting and defrosting processes accurately under wide ranges of conditions. The equations governing such behavior still remain insoluble by exact analytical methods. Numerical approaches have shown the most promising results, but are yet in an early stage of development. Most research has instead been concerned with developing correlations for frost properties and growth, though few are applicable to varying conditions. The most commonly used correlations are shown to have widely different results, perhaps owing to different experimental methods used to acquire data and a lack of deeper level analysis. A new thickness correlation is proposed which attempts to reconcile to some degree the gap between theory and application. Broader ranges of data are used for fitment which enables the application of the correlation to a wider range of conditions. To improve the consistency of results in frost research, it is suggested that new forms of data acquisition be explored. Proposed alternative methods utilize high magnification imaging equipment in combination with computer based measurements, which are shown to be capable of improving accuracy by an order of magnitude in some areas (specifically frost thickness measurement) when calibrated appropriately. In addition to improving measurement accuracy such methods make possible the rapid calculation of droplet geometry during defrosting, an area which has seen little research until recently. The influence of the experimental apparatus on results is also investigated, and a variety of different setups used in past and recent research are categorized according to capability and functionality. Pros and cons of related parameters are discussed with an emphasis on goals. Opportunities for future work include the further development of computer based measurement methods, the acquisition of data over wider ranges of conditions and improvements on the experimental apparatus required to achieve those conditions reliably. It is clear from this research that frost growth is a developing field where much progress is yet to be made. Experimental setups of types ranging from small enclosed tests to wind tunnels on industrial evaporators have provided a clearer understanding of the phenomenon in many aspects. Research presented in this thesis shows that small scale experiments are preferable at this point in time to reach deeper understanding of the frost growth process. It is shown here that many current methods of measurement for important frost growth parameters can be greatly improved upon by the use of computer based algorithms. Faster and more accurate measurement opportunities mean that larger data sets spread across wider ranges of testing conditions can be obtained, setting the stage for more advanced correlation development. Currently, most correlations are only applicable to specific conditions and are still not highly accurate. An attempt is made to show that larger collections of reliable data can be used to develop more robust correlations. To do so a new correlation is proposed which fits a wide range of conditions well. Finally it is shown that the defrosting process may be understood more fully by the use of digital analysis of visual data during defrosting.

  3. Accretion onto neutron stars with the presence of a double layer

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    Williams, A. C.; Weisskopf, M. C.; Elsner, R. F.; Darbro, W.; Sutherland, P. G.

    1986-01-01

    It is known from laboratory experiments that double layers can form in plasmas, usually in the presence of an electric current. It is argued that a double layer may be present in the accretion column of a neutron star in a binary system. It is suggested that the double layer may be the predominant deceleration mechanism for the accreting ions, especially for sources with X-ray luminosities of less than about 10 to the 37th erg/s. Previous models have involved either a collisionless shock or an assumed gradual deceleration of the accreting ions to thermalize the energy of the infalling matter.

  4. Accretion onto neutron stars with the presence of a double layer

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    Williams, A. C.; Weisskopf, M. C.; Elsner, R. F.; Darbro, W.; Sutherland, P. G.

    1987-01-01

    It is known, from laboratory experiments, that double layers will form in plasmas, usually in the presence of an electric current. It is argued that a double layer may be present in the accretion column of a neutron star in a binary system. It is suggested that the double layer may be the predominant deceleration mechanism for the accreting ions, especially for sources with X-ray luminosities of less than about 10 to the 37th erg/s. Previous models have involved either a collisionless shock or an assumed gradual deceleration of the accreting ions to thermalize the energy of the infalling matter.

  5. Stratocumulus to cumulus transition in the presence of elevated smoke layers

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    Yamaguchi, Takanobu; Feingold, Graham; Kazil, Jan; McComiskey, Allison

    2015-12-01

    The transition from stratocumulus to cumulus clouds in the presence of elevated light-absorbing smoke layers is investigated with idealized large-eddy simulations. A smoke layer is placed 1 km above stratocumulus top and evolves with the cloud fields over the course of a 3 day simulation. The simulations presented vary the smoke-generated heating and the moisture content of the smoke layer. A control case without smoke is simulated for comparison. On day 2 of the transition, when still above cloud, smoke generates a more broken cloud field than the control case, depending weakly on the strength of the aerosol heating but strongly on the water vapor content in the smoke layer. Following nighttime recovery and contact with the stratocumulus, smoke hinders the transition by strengthening the inversion, limiting boundary layer deepening and reducing precipitation-related breakup. This modulation delays the transition, which may extend the stratocumulus deck westward, with concomitant implications for climate forcing.

  6. Three-dimensional shock-wave/boundary-layer interaction at the presence of entropy layer

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    Borovoy, V.; Egorov, I.; Maximenko, A.; Mosharov, V.; Radchenko, V.; Skuratov, A.; Struminskaya, I.

    2013-06-01

    An experimental and numerical investigation of a gas flow on a flat plate near a single fin and a fin pair, generating crossings shocks, is performed. The study is focused on the plate bluntness influence on the flow field and the heat transfer in the interaction region. The experiments are carried out in a short duration wind tunnel at Mach numbers M = 5, 6, and 8 and Reynolds numbers Re∞L up to 27·106. Luminescent substances are used for heat flux and pressure distribution measurements and for the surface flow visualization. In addition, the heat flux is measured with thermocouple sensors. For a numerical flow simulation, the three-dimensional (3D) Reynolds-averaged Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations are solved using the q-ω turbulence model. It is found that even a small plate blunting affects heat transfer and pressure distributions significantly. Moreover, in the case of crossing shocks, it can cause a global transformation of the flow structure in the area of the interaction between the shock waves and the boundary layer.

  7. Mixed layer formation and restratification in presence of mesoscale and submesoscale turbulence

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    Couvelard, X.; Dumas, F.; Garnier, V.; Ponte, A. L.; Talandier, C.; Treguier, A. M.

    2015-12-01

    Recent realistic high resolution modeling studies show a net increase of submesoscale activity in fall and winter when the mixed layer depth is at its maximum. This submesoscale activity increase is associated with a reduced deepening of the mixed layer. Both phenomena can be related to the development of mixed layer instabilities, which convert available potential energy into submesoscale eddy kinetic energy and contribute to a fast restratification by slumping the horizontal density gradient in the mixed layer. In the present work, the mixed layer formation and restratification were studied by uniformly cooling a fully turbulent zonal jet in a periodic channel at different resolutions, from eddy resolving (10 km) to submesoscale permitting (2 km). The effect of the submesoscale activity, highlighted by these different horizontal resolutions, was quantified in terms of mixed layer depth, restratification rate and buoyancy fluxes. Contrary to many idealized studies focusing on the restratification phase only, this study addresses a continuous event of mixed layer formation followed by its complete restratification. The robustness of the present results was established by ensemble simulations. The results show that, at higher resolution, when submesoscale starts to be resolved, the mixed layer formed during the surface cooling is significantly shallower and the total restratification is almost three times faster. Such differences between coarse and fine resolution models are consistent with the submesoscale upward buoyancy flux, which balances the convection during the formation phase and accelerates the restratification once the surface cooling is stopped. This submesoscale buoyancy flux is active even below the mixed layer. Our simulations show that mesoscale dynamics also cause restratification, but on longer time scales. Finally, the spatial distribution of the mixed layer depth is highly heterogeneous in the presence of submesoscale activity, prompting the question of whether it is possible to parameterize submesoscale effects and their effects on the marine biology as a function of a spatially-averaged mixed layer depth.

  8. Device for determining frost depth and density

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    Huneidi, F.

    1983-01-01

    A hand held device having a forward open window portion adapted to be pushed downwardly into the frost on a surface, and a rear container portion adapted to receive the frost removed from the window area are described. A graph on a side of the container enables an observer to determine the density of the frost from certain measurements noted. The depth of the frost is noted from calibrated lines on the sides of the open window portion.

  9. With Robert Frost in Tesolonia.

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    Welninski, Virginia

    A teacher's guide and exercises for teaching poetry by Robert Frost to English as a second language students are presented. Suggestions are presented for developing meanings for words and other meaningful units through the use of realia, pictures, demonstrations, definitions, context clues, paraphrasing, completion exercises, solving and creating

  10. Field measurements of frost penetration into a landfill cover that uses a paper sludge barrier

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    Moo-Young, H.K.; LaPlante, C.; Zimmie, T.F.; Quiroz, J.

    1999-07-01

    Frost penetration is a major environmental concern in landfill design. Freezing and thawing cycles may deteriorate the permeability of the liner or cap. In this study, the depth of frost penetration into a landfill cover that uses paper sludge as the impermeable barrier (the Hubbardston landfill in Massachusetts) was measured using a frost measurement system. A thermistor probe measured the temperature at various depths. Although temperature measurements are important, soil resistivity measurements are required to accurately predict the freezing level, since soil resistivity increases greatly upon freezing. A conductivity probe measured the half-bridge voltage between conductivity rings and a ground rod. Data were collected in data loggers. The data collected from 1992--1996 showed that the frost level did not penetrate the paper sludge capping layer. Heavy snow cover throughout the winters decreased the depth of frost penetration by insulating the landfill. The high water content in the sludge also contributed to the lack of freezing.

  11. Frost as a first wall for the ICF Laboratory Microfusion Facility

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    Orth, C.D.

    1988-11-15

    We introduce the concept of using frost as the first wall of the ICF Laboratory Microfusion Facility being designed to produce 200--1000 MJ of thermonuclear yield. We present one design incorporating 2 cm of frost deposited at 0.1 g/cm/sup 3/ on an LN-cooled fiber-reinforced polymer substrate. We calculate that such a frost layer will protect the substrate from ablation by target x rays and debris, and from shock-induced spallation. Postshot washdown with water should permit low-activation operation, and should preserve the original wall properties. We expect the impact of the frost on laser optics to be minimal, and expect the preshot lifetime of thermally unprotected cryogenic targets to be extended by operating the wall at 100-150 K. Moreover, we believe that such a frost first wall will involve little technical risk, and will be inexpensive to construct and operate. 4 refs., 1 fig.

  12. Cave development by frost weathering

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    Oberender, Pauline; Plan, Lukas

    2015-01-01

    This paper deals with the description and genesis of a special type of shelter cave. In German they are termed Auswitterungshhlen which goes back to the 19th century and the genesis is supposed to be related to frost weathering, but to our knowledge, detailed studies are missing so far. This type of cave is very common in the area of investigation that comprises pre-Alpine and Alpine regions in the north-eastern part of the Eastern Alps: They make up 32% of the 5138 registered caves but surprisingly they entirely developed in carbonate rocks. Although most of them are smaller than a dozen metres, some have lengths of more than 50 m and entrances can be more than 100 m wide or similarly high. Besides general observations that lead to a list of characteristics for these caves, two of them in a pre-Alpine setting were studied in-depth. A detailed map, descriptions, and measurements concerning cave morphology, host rock geology, and climate are given. The thickness and composition of clastic sediments were investigated by small trenches and electric resistivity measurements. Sediment thicknesses reach up to 2 m inside the caves and below the entrances. For one year nets were installed to measure rockfall in both caves. In warm periods generally less than 5 g/month of debris could be collected, but a few 100 g/month for frost periods. This strong correlation and the significant amount of debris together with other observations suggest that frost weathering is an on-going and very important process for the formation of these caves. Grain-size distribution of the collected debris argues for the activity of both microgelivation and ice segregation. Therefore we suggest that the term frost weathering caves should be used for shelter caves whose genesis is related to frost weathering. As dissolution seems to be of marginal importance for the genesis they are a paradox as they develop in karstic rock but have pseudokarst features.

  13. Convective initiation sensitivity to the presence of an oceanic barrier layer

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    Chen, S.; Schmidt, J.; Flatau, M. K.; Richman, J. G.; Jensen, T. G.

    2014-12-01

    Observations from the CINDY/DYNAMO field campaign reveal the formation of an oceanic barrier layer after the passage of Madden Julian Oscillation (MJO) events. The motivation for the work stems from the CINDY/DYNAMO hypothesis III which states: "The barrier-layer, wind- and shear-driven mixing, shallow thermocline, and mixing-layer entrainment all play essential roles in the MJO initiation over the Indian Ocean by controlling the upper-ocean heat content and sea surface temperature, and thereby surface flux feedback". An idealized Coupled Ocean/Atmospheric Mesoscale Prediction System (COAMPS) framework is used to study the sensitivity of the barrier layer influence on the transition of post MJO dry phase to the pre-MJO moist phase. We will discuss results from the idealized coupled simulations that are initialized either with or without the barrier layer. The sensitivity of the atmospheric boundary moisture recovery due to the presence of barrier layer as well as the sensitivity to the convective initiation will be presented.

  14. Heavy metal frost on Venus

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    Schaefer, Laura; Fegley, Bruce

    2004-03-01

    Chemical equilibrium calculations of volatile metal geochemistry on Venus show that high dielectric constant compounds of lead and bismuth such as PbS (galena), Bi 2S 3 (bismuthite) or Pb-Bi sulfosalts condense in the venusian highlands and may be responsible for the low radar emissivities observed by Magellan and Pioneer Venus. Our calculations also show that elemental tellurium is unstable on Venus' surface and will not condense below 46.6 km. This is over 30 km higher than Maxwell Montes, the highest point on Venus' surface. Elemental analyses of Venus' highlands surface by laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) and/or X-ray fluorescence (XRF) can verify the identity of the heavy metal frost on Venus. The Pb-Pb age of Venus could be determined by mass spectrometric measurements of the Pb 207/Pb 204 and Pb 206/Pb 204 isotopic ratios in Pb-bearing frosts. All of these measurements are technologically feasible now.

  15. Mapping Statistical Characteristics of Frosts in Iran

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    Mahmoudi, P.

    2014-10-01

    To model and map the statistical characteristics of frost in Iran, the data related to the minimum daily temperature for a 15-year period (1990-2005) was obtained from Iran Meteorological Organization. Then using multivariate regression models, the relationship among five statistical characteristics, i.e. the mean Julian day of the first frost, mean Julian day of the last frost, mean number of frost days per year, mean length of the frost period and mean length of growing season were modeled by three geo - climate factors: elevation, longitude and latitude. The precision of each model was explored using four hypotheses: linearity of the relationship between independent variables and the dependent variable, normality of errors, constancy of error variance and lake of correlation of errors were tested, and their precisions were confirmed. At the second stage, contour lines resulting from STRM were converted to the point features class. Altogether, 661 474 points were gathered from all over Iran. Then, the studied five frost characteristics were generalized to 661 474 points; then, the regionalization maps of statistical characteristics of frost were obtained for Iran using Kriging interpolation method. The results showed that the temperature of highland areas above 4200 m above sea level always was at least zero and below zero during the year, and also the coastal strip of southern Iran had no frost. Elevation was the most effective factor in the spatial arrangement for the frequency of occurrence of Julian day of the first frost. The most effective factors in spatial arrangement for the frequency of occurrence of Julian day of the last frost, length of frost period and length of growing season were elevation and latitude. Finally, spatial arrangement for the frequency of occurrence of the frost days was also a function of three factors of elevation, longitude and latitude. The dominant role of elevation in spatial arrangement for the occurrence of the first frost day in Iran showed that the occurrence of the first frost day in Iran could be of the type of radiation frosts and the dominant role of elevation and latitude demonstrated that late-winter frosts can be mostly of the type of advection frosts. Therefore, arrangement of statistical features of frost in Iran is both a function of geo - climate factors and the synoptic systems which have entered the country.

  16. Unexpected Presence of Graminan- and Levan-Type Fructans in the Evergreen Frost-Hardy Eudicot Pachysandra terminalis (Buxaceae): Purification, Cloning, and Functional Analysis of a 6-SST/6-SFT Enzyme1[W

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    Van den Ende, Wim; Coopman, Marlies; Clerens, Stefan; Vergauwen, Rudy; Le Roy, Katrien; Lammens, Willem; Van Laere, Andr

    2011-01-01

    About 15% of flowering plants accumulate fructans. Inulin-type fructans with ?(2,1) fructosyl linkages typically accumulate in the core eudicot families (e.g. Asteraceae), while levan-type fructans with ?(2,6) linkages and branched, graminan-type fructans with mixed linkages predominate in monocot families. Here, we describe the unexpected finding that graminan- and levan-type fructans, as typically occurring in wheat (Triticum aestivum) and barley (Hordeum vulgare), also accumulate in Pachysandra terminalis, an evergreen, frost-hardy basal eudicot species. Part of the complex graminan- and levan-type fructans as accumulating in vivo can be produced in vitro by a sucrose:fructan 6-fructosyltransferase (6-SFT) enzyme with inherent sucrose:sucrose 1-fructosyltransferase (1-SST) and fructan 6-exohydrolase side activities. This enzyme produces a series of cereal-like graminan- and levan-type fructans from sucrose as a single substrate. The 6-SST/6-SFT enzyme was fully purified by classic column chromatography. In-gel trypsin digestion led to reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction-based cDNA cloning. The functionality of the 6-SST/6-SFT cDNA was demonstrated after heterologous expression in Pichia pastoris. Both the recombinant and native enzymes showed rather similar substrate specificity characteristics, including peculiar temperature-dependent inherent 1-SST and fructan 6-exohydrolase side activities. The finding that cereal-type fructans accumulate in a basal eudicot species further confirms the polyphyletic origin of fructan biosynthesis in nature. Our data suggest that the fructan syndrome in P. terminalis can be considered as a recent evolutionary event. Putative connections between abiotic stress and fructans are discussed. PMID:21037113

  17. Aircraft Observations of Marine Aerosol Properties in the Presence of Boundary Layer Rolls

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    Kapustin, V.; Clarke, A.; Howell, S.; Conley, S.; Faloona, I.; Brekhovskikh, V.; McNaughton, C.

    2008-12-01

    The Hawaii Group for Environmental Aerosol Research deployed a wide range of airborne aerosol instrumentation as part of MILAGRO/INTEX (2006) and PASE (2007) experiments. These were designed to provide rapid information on aerosol composition, state of mixing (internal or external), spectral optical properties (scattering and absorption), the humidity dependence of light scattering - f(RH). The measurements revealed frequently observed presence of numerous periodic structures related both to horizontal convective rolls (HCRs) and Kelvin-Helmholtz instability (KHI). HCRs, commonly formed when some vertical wind shear is present, are significant to the vertical transport of momentum, heat, moisture, and air pollutant including aerosols within the boundary layer. KHIs, occurred in areas of enhanced velocity shear and/or a local minimum of static stability, contribute strongly to the dissipation of large-scale motions into turbulence. This presentation focused on the direct in-situ marine aerosol properties in the presence of BL rolls by providing evidence that the observed variations are caused by rolls. We also studied whether the presence of rolls leads to the enhancement of aerosol fluxes. We have investigated roll structures in diverse MBL settings and have demonstrated that these can play an active role in the redistribution of aerosol, gas and water vapor in the MBL. Depending upon the thermodynamic profiles and the roll size, altitude, temporal duration these rolls can have a marked effect on the exchange of air masses between the buffer layer, the surface mixed layer and the free troposphere. This will lead to changes in the horizontal extinction in these layers relative to regions not influenced by the rolls. Hence, the evolution of aerosol optical properties in the near-surface mixed layer will be affected by rolls and the conditions that stimulate them. These can occur with or without associated cloud features. Some ongoing studies include the following: what are the aerosol optics differences in rolls updraft and downdraft caused by RH, aerosol concentration and entrainment? what are implications of roll structure for extinction measurements and remote sensing? what are implications of rolls on the redistributions of aerosol and gases during transport?

  18. Electron scattering in a graphene nanoribbon in the presence of ferromagnetic layer and Rashba interaction

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    Chuburin, Yu. P.

    2016-03-01

    We study the possibility to control the spin polarization and spin-dependent transport in a graphene sheet by considering a ferromagnetic layer in the presence of the Rashba spin-orbit interaction. Studying the scattering problem with the help of the Green function (which was found explicitly), we obtained simple analytical expressions for the spin dependent transmission probability. Using the small exchange parameter and Rashba coupling constant, we can obtain any degree of spin polarization, but in the case of a small interaction region, only for slow electrons.

  19. Air-sea boundary layer dynamics in the presence of mesoscale surface currents

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    Rooth, Claes; Xie, Lian

    1992-09-01

    In the presence of surface currents, a shear stress at the air-sea interface is induced by the surface currents. In the case of a unidirectional current, a quadratic stress law leads to a stress curl proportional to and opposing the surface current vorticity even with a uniform wind. This causes a spindown effect on the surface vorticity field at a rate proportional to the wind speed. In the steady state, or in slowly varying processes which can be treated as parametrically developing quasi-steady states, the surface-layer potential vorticity modulation causes upwelling and downwelling patterns associated with the surface-current vorticity. These effects are analyzed for an idealized jet current, and for a physical situation characteristic of a Gulf Stream boundary ring along the Florida Keys, where the induced transport patterns may be important for onshore transport of fish and spiny lobster larvae, as well as for onshore transport to the Florida Keys of general flotsam transported past them by the Gulf Stream. The spindown time scale (t*) for a 1.5-layer system is H/( ?'cdVa) for a surface jet on the deformation radius scale (where H is the thickness of the surface layer, Va the surface wind speed, ?' the air to water density ratio and cd the surface drag coefficient) and increases for large horizontal scales in proportion to the current width squared. For a typical wind speed of 5 m/s and a density normalized drag coefficient ?'cd= 2 10-6, t* is on the order of 1 month for a 30-m surface layer. In the more general case of a stratified interior water column, the vorticity spindown directly affects only the potential vorticity of the surface layer and generally leads to subsurface velocity and vorticity maxima for mesoscale eddies and jets.

  20. Winter frost at Viking Lander 2 site

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    Svitek, T.; Murray, B.

    1990-02-01

    This paper presents quantitative evidence for cold trapping (frost redeposition) at the Viking Lander 2 site. This evidence consists of the frost surface coverage and color transition, the timing of this transition, and the limited vertical mixing and horizontal water transport. It is argued that cold trapping must be a general property of seasonal frost and, therefore, must be considered in order to understand the evolution of the surface environment of Mars.

  1. Frost resistance in alpine woody plants.

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    Neuner, Gilbert

    2014-01-01

    This report provides a brief review of key findings related to frost resistance in alpine woody plant species, summarizes data on their frost resistance, highlights the importance of freeze avoidance mechanisms, and indicates areas of future research. Freezing temperatures are possible throughout the whole growing period in the alpine life zone. Frost severity, comprised of both intensity and duration, becomes greater with increasing elevation and, there is also a greater probability, that small statured woody plants, may be insulated by snow cover. Several frost survival mechanisms have evolved in woody alpine plants in response to these environmental conditions. Examples of tolerance to extracellular freezing and freeze dehydration, life cycles that allow species to escape frost, and freeze avoidance mechanisms can all be found. Despite their specific adaption to the alpine environment, frost damage can occur in spring, while all alpine woody plants have a low risk of frost damage in winter. Experimental evidence indicates that premature deacclimation in Pinus cembra in the spring, and a limited ability of many species of alpine woody shrubs to rapidly reacclimate when they lose snow cover, resulting in reduced levels of frost resistance in the spring, may be particularly critical under the projected changes in climate. In this review, frost resistance and specific frost survival mechanisms of different organs (leaves, stems, vegetative and reproductive over-wintering buds, flowers, and fruits) and tissues are compared. The seasonal dynamics of frost resistance of leaves of trees, as opposed to woody shrubs, is also discussed. The ability of some tissues and organs to avoid freezing by supercooling, as visualized by high resolution infrared thermography, are also provided. Collectively, the report provides a review of the complex and diverse ways that woody plants survive in the frost dominated environment of the alpine life zone. PMID:25520725

  2. Winter frost at Viking Lander 2 site

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    Svitek, Thomas; Murray, Bruce

    1990-01-01

    This paper presents quantitative evidence for cold trapping (frost redeposition) at the Viking Lander 2 site. This evidence consists of the frost surface coverage and color transition, the timing of this transition, and the limited vertical mixing and horizontal water transport. It is argued that cold trapping must be a general property of seasonal frost and, therefore, must be considered in order to understand the evolution of the surface environment of Mars.

  3. Frost resistance in alpine woody plants

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    Neuner, Gilbert

    2014-01-01

    This report provides a brief review of key findings related to frost resistance in alpine woody plant species, summarizes data on their frost resistance, highlights the importance of freeze avoidance mechanisms, and indicates areas of future research. Freezing temperatures are possible throughout the whole growing period in the alpine life zone. Frost severity, comprised of both intensity and duration, becomes greater with increasing elevation and, there is also a greater probability, that small statured woody plants, may be insulated by snow cover. Several frost survival mechanisms have evolved in woody alpine plants in response to these environmental conditions. Examples of tolerance to extracellular freezing and freeze dehydration, life cycles that allow species to escape frost, and freeze avoidance mechanisms can all be found. Despite their specific adaption to the alpine environment, frost damage can occur in spring, while all alpine woody plants have a low risk of frost damage in winter. Experimental evidence indicates that premature deacclimation in Pinus cembra in the spring, and a limited ability of many species of alpine woody shrubs to rapidly reacclimate when they lose snow cover, resulting in reduced levels of frost resistance in the spring, may be particularly critical under the projected changes in climate. In this review, frost resistance and specific frost survival mechanisms of different organs (leaves, stems, vegetative and reproductive over-wintering buds, flowers, and fruits) and tissues are compared. The seasonal dynamics of frost resistance of leaves of trees, as opposed to woody shrubs, is also discussed. The ability of some tissues and organs to avoid freezing by supercooling, as visualized by high resolution infrared thermography, are also provided. Collectively, the report provides a review of the complex and diverse ways that woody plants survive in the frost dominated environment of the alpine life zone. PMID:25520725

  4. Ground level air convection produces frost damage patterns in turfgrass.

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    Ackerson, Bruce J; Beier, Richard A; Martin, Dennis L

    2015-11-01

    Frost injury patterns are commonly observed on the warm-season turfgrass species bermudagrass (Cynodon species Rich.), zoysiagrass (Zoysia species Willd.), and buffalograss [Bouteloua dactyloides (Nutt.) J.T. Columbus] in cool-temperate and subtropical zones. Qualitative observations of these injury patterns are presented and discussed. A model for the formation of such patterns based on thermal instability and convection of air is presented. The characteristic length scale of the observed frost pattern injury requires a temperature profile that decreases with height from the soil to the turfgrass canopy surface followed by an increase in temperature with height above the turfgrass canopy. This is justified by extending the earth temperature theory to include a turf layer with atmosphere above it. Then the theory for a thermally unstable layer beneath a stable region by Ogura and Kondo is adapted to a turf layer to include different parameter values for pure air, as well as for turf, which is treated as a porous medium. The earlier porous medium model of Thompson and Daniels proposed to explain frost injury patterns is modified to give reasonable agreement with observed patterns. PMID:25796203

  5. Ground level air convection produces frost damage patterns in turfgrass

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    Ackerson, Bruce J.; Beier, Richard A.; Martin, Dennis L.

    2015-11-01

    Frost injury patterns are commonly observed on the warm-season turfgrass species bermudagrass ( Cynodon species Rich.), zoysiagrass ( Zoysia species Willd.), and buffalograss [ Bouteloua dactyloides (Nutt.) J.T. Columbus] in cool-temperate and subtropical zones. Qualitative observations of these injury patterns are presented and discussed. A model for the formation of such patterns based on thermal instability and convection of air is presented. The characteristic length scale of the observed frost pattern injury requires a temperature profile that decreases with height from the soil to the turfgrass canopy surface followed by an increase in temperature with height above the turfgrass canopy. This is justified by extending the earth temperature theory to include a turf layer with atmosphere above it. Then the theory for a thermally unstable layer beneath a stable region by Ogura and Kondo is adapted to a turf layer to include different parameter values for pure air, as well as for turf, which is treated as a porous medium. The earlier porous medium model of Thompson and Daniels proposed to explain frost injury patterns is modified to give reasonable agreement with observed patterns.

  6. Mixed Layer Formation and Restratification in the Presence of Mesoscale and Submesoscale Turbulence

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    Couvelard, X.; Trguier, A. M.; Dumas, F.; Garnier, V.; Ponte, A.

    2014-12-01

    Recent realistic high resolution modeling studies show a net increase of submesoscale activity in fall and winter when the Mixed Layer Depth (hereafter MLD) is at its maximum. This submesoscale activity is associated with the shallowing of the MLD when compared to similar model configurations at lower resolution. Both phenomena can be related to the development of Mixed Layer Instabilities (MLIs), which by slumping the horizontal density gradient in the mixed layer convert Available Potential Energy into submesoscale Eddy Kinetic Energy and contribute to a fast restratification. While parameterizations of the shallowing of the mixed layer by MLIs have been proposed they are based on idealized configurations and are not yet fully tested in realistically forced simulations. In the present work, the ML formation and restratification is studied by uniformly cooling a fully turbulent zonal jet in a periodic channel at different resolutions (eddy resolving (10km) to submesoscale permitting (2km)). The effect of horizontal resolution is quantified in terms of MLD, restratification rate, buoyancy fluxes, and conversion of Available Potential Energy in Eddy Kinetic Energy. At the highest resolution when submesoscale is active the MLD formed during the surface cooling is shallower by about 30% and the total restratification almost three times faster. Such differences between low and high resolution models are explained by the submesoscale vertical buoyancy flux which compensates the convection during the formation phase and accelerates the restratification once the surface cooling stops. These findings are robust and the uncertainties are quantified by ensemble experiments. The most common parameterization of MLIs has been implemented and tested in our coarse resolution configuration, leading as expected to a slightly faster restratification, but the shallowing of the MLD is not represented, suggesting a caveat in such parameterization in presence of strong convection.

  7. Chemistry of dews and frosts in Indianapolis. (Reannouncement with new availability information)

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    Foster, J.R.; Pribush, R.A.

    1990-12-31

    Dews and frosts forming on chemically clean Teflon surfaces were sampled for pH and ion concentrations during a 13-month period in urban Indianapolis, Indiana. We predicted that dews forming in this polluted atmosphere would be acidic due to absorption of SO2 NO2 and CO2, but that frost pH would be neutral due to the lack of gas absorption. However, measured pH ranged from 6.0 to 7.2, and dew and frost pH were not significantly different. Anion and cation concentrations did not differ between dews and frosts, implying similar mechanisms and rates for scavenging of atmospheric chemicals. Sulfite and nitrite were present in many samples, indicating SO2 and NO2 absorption by both dews and frosts. The presence of ions lacking gaseous sources suggested that sedimentation of aerosols, primarily carbonates and salts, from surrounding agricultural lands occurred into dews and frosts as they formed. Carbonate deposition may have been responsible for near-neutral dew and frost pH. Dews sampled from sugar maple leaves were depleted of ammonium and enriched in other ions, but did not differ substantially in pH, compared to dews simultaneously sampled from Teflon. Temporal (overnight) sampling of dews on Teflon showed that dew chemistry changed substantially during the course of the night.

  8. Frost flowers growing in the Arctic ocean-atmosphere-sea ice-snow interface: 1. Chemical composition

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    Douglas, Thomas A.; Domine, Florent; Barret, Manuel; Anastasio, Cort; Beine, Harry J.; Bottenheim, Jan; Grannas, Amanda; Houdier, Stephan; Netcheva, Stoyka; Rowland, Glenn; Staebler, Ralf; Steffen, Alexandra

    2012-07-01

    Frost flowers, intricate featherlike crystals that grow on refreezing sea ice leads, have been implicated in lower atmospheric chemical reactions. Few studies have presented chemical composition information for frost flowers over time and many of the chemical species commonly associated with Polar tropospheric reactions have never been reported for frost flowers. We undertook this study on the sea ice north of Barrow, Alaska to quantify the major ion, stable oxygen and hydrogen isotope, alkalinity, light absorbance by soluble species, organochlorine, and aldehyde composition of seawater, brine, and frost flowers. For many of these chemical species we present the first measurements from brine or frost flowers. Results show that major ion and alkalinity concentrations, stable isotope values, and major chromophore (NO3- and H2O2) concentrations are controlled by fractionation from seawater and brine. The presence of these chemical species in present and future sea ice scenarios is somewhat predictable. However, aldehydes, organochlorine compounds, light absorbing species, and mercury (part 2 of this research and Sherman et al. (2012)) are deposited to frost flowers through less predictable processes that probably involve the atmosphere as a source. The present and future concentrations of these constituents in frost flowers may not be easily incorporated into future sea ice or lower atmospheric chemistry scenarios. Thinning of Arctic sea ice will likely present more open sea ice leads where young ice, brine, and frost flowers form. How these changing ice conditions will affect the interactions between ice, brine, frost flowers and the lower atmosphere is unknown.

  9. Shock induced Richtmyer-Meshkov instability in the presence of a wall boundary layer

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    Jourdan, G.; Billiotte, M.; Houas, L.

    1996-06-01

    An experimental investigation on gaseous mixing zones originated from the Richtmyer-Meshkov instability has been undertaken in a square cross section shock tube. Mass concentration fields, of one of the two mixing constituents, have been determined within the mixing zone when the shock wave passes from the heavy gas to the light one, from one gas to an other of close density, and from the light gas to the heavy one. Results have been obtained before and after the coming back of the reflected shock wave. The diagnostic method is based on the infrared absorption of one of the two constituents of the mixing zone. It is shown that the mixing zone is strongly deformed by the wall boundary layer. The consequence is the presence of strong gradients of concentration in the direction perpendicular to the shock wave propagation. Finally, it is pointed out that the mixing goes more homogeneous when the Atwood number tends to zero.

  10. Robert Frost and the Poetry of Physics.

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    Coletta, W. John; Tamres, David H.

    1992-01-01

    Examines five poems by Robert Frost that illustrate Frost's interest in science. The poems include allusions to renowned physicists, metaphoric descriptions of some famous physics experiments, explorations of complementarity as enunciated by Bohr, and poetic formulations of Heisenberg's uncertainty principle. (20 references) (MDH)

  11. FROST CONTROL IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST

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    The basic physics of frost protection in orchards and vineyard in the Pacific Northewest USA are presented. Various frost protection techniques are discussed and compared. Potential emerging technologies in cold temperature modification are also discussed for potential applications in New Zealand k...

  12. Frost heave induced mechanics of buried pipelines

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    Selvadurai, A.P.S.; Shinde, S.B.

    1993-12-01

    This paper examines the problem of the flexural interaction between a long-distance buried pipeline embedded in a soil medium that experiences differential frost heave. The modeling takes into consideration the interaction at a transition zone between a frozen region and a frost-susceptible region that experiences a time-dependent growth of a frost bulb around the buried pipeline. The heave that accompanies the development of a frost bulb induces the soil-pipeline interaction process. The analysis focuses on the development of a computational scheme that addresses the three-dimensional nature of the soil-pipeline interaction problem, the creep susceptibility of the frozen region, and a prescribed time- and stress-dependent heave in an evolving frost bulb zone. The numerical results presented in the paper illustrate the influence of the heave process and the creep behavior of the frozen soil on the displacements and stresses in the buried pipeline.

  13. Galilean satellites - Identification of water frost.

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    Pilcher, C. B.; Mccord, T. B.; Ridgway, S. T.

    1972-01-01

    Water frost absorptions have been detected in the infrared reflectivities of Jupiter's Galilean satellites JII (Europa) and JIII (Ganymede). We have determined the percentage of frost-covered surface area to be 50 to 100 percent for JII, 20 to 65 percent for JIII, and possibly 5 to 25 percent for JIV (Callisto). The leading side of JIII has 20 percent more frost cover than the trailing side, which explains the visible geometric albedo differences between the two sides. The reflectivity of the material underlying the frost on JII, JIII, and JIV resembles that of silicates. The surface of JI (Io) may be covered by frost particles much smaller than those on JII and JIII.

  14. Frost flowers on young Arctic sea ice: The climatic, chemical, and microbial significance of an emerging ice type

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    Barber, D. G.; Ehn, J. K.; Pu?ko, M.; Rysgaard, S.; Deming, J. W.; Bowman, J. S.; Papakyriakou, T.; Galley, R. J.; Sgaard, D. H.

    2014-10-01

    Ongoing changes in Arctic sea ice are increasing the spatial and temporal range of young sea ice types over which frost flowers can occur, yet the significance of frost flowers to ocean-sea ice-atmosphere exchange processes remains poorly understood. Frost flowers form when moisture from seawater becomes available to a cold atmosphere and surface winds are low, allowing for supersaturation of the near-surface boundary layer. Ice grown in a pond cut in young ice at the mouth of Young Sound, NE Greenland, in March 2012, showed that expanding frost flower clusters began forming as soon as the ice formed. The new ice and frost flowers dramatically changed the radiative and thermal environment. The frost flowers were about 5C colder than the brine surface, with an approximately linear temperature gradient from their base to their upper tips. Salinity and ?18O values indicated that frost flowers primarily originated from the surface brine skim. Ikaite crystals were observed to form within an hour in both frost flowers and the thin pond ice. Average ikaite concentrations were 1013 mol kg-1 in frost flowers and 1061 mol kg-1 in the surface slush layer. Chamber flux measurements confirmed an efflux of CO2 at the brine-wetted sea ice surface, in line with expectations from the brine chemistry. Bacteria concentrations generally increased with salinity in frost flowers and the surface slush layer. Bacterial densities and taxa indicated that a selective process occurred at the ice surface and confirmed the general pattern of primary oceanic origin versus negligible atmospheric deposition.

  15. Frost-ring chronologies as dendroclimatic proxies of boreal environments

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    Payette, Serge; Delwaide, Ann; Simard, Martin

    2010-01-01

    Frost rings are formed in tree stems when growing-season frosts affect immature wood cells, producing collapsed cells within annual tree rings. Open boreal forests are most susceptible to record growing-season frost because they lack the greenhouse effect commonly observed in closed forests. Here we present a novel method to construct regional frost-ring chronologies in lichen-black spruce woodlands of the boreal forest zone. Because the ability of trees to form frost rings depends on several factors (including bark thickness and ring width), we used two models to produce a Frost Composite Index based on a frost susceptibility window of cambial age <30 years. The frost-ring chronology showed alternating periods of high and low frost activity that were highly consistent within and among sites. Reconstruction of growing-season frost activity may be used as dendroclimatic proxies of climate variability and may give insights into future risks of frost damage in a warming climate.

  16. Evolution of symmetric reconnection layer in the presence of parallel shear flow

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    Lu Haoyu; Cao Jinbin

    2011-07-15

    The development of the structure of symmetric reconnection layer in the presence of a shear flow parallel to the antiparallel magnetic field component is studied by using a set of one-dimensional (1D) magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) equations. The Riemann problem is simulated through a second-order conservative TVD (total variation diminishing) scheme, in conjunction with Roe's averages for the Riemann problem. The simulation results indicate that besides the MHD shocks and expansion waves, there exist some new small-scale structures in the reconnection layer. For the case of zero initial guide magnetic field (i.e., B{sub y0} = 0), a pair of intermediate shock and slow shock (SS) is formed in the presence of the parallel shear flow. The critical velocity of initial shear flow V{sub zc} is just the Alfven velocity in the inflow region. As V{sub z{infinity}} increases to the value larger than V{sub zc}, a new slow expansion wave appears in the position of SS in the case V{sub z{infinity}} < V{sub zc}, and one of the current densities drops to zero. As plasma {beta} increases, the out-flow region is widened. For B{sub y0} {ne} 0, a pair of SSs and an additional pair of time-dependent intermediate shocks (TDISs) are found to be present. Similar to the case of B{sub y0} = 0, there exists a critical velocity of initial shear flow V{sub zc}. The value of V{sub zc} is, however, smaller than the Alfven velocity of the inflow region. As plasma {beta} increases, the velocities of SS and TDIS increase, and the out-flow region is widened. However, the velocity of downstream SS increases even faster, making the distance between SS and TDIS smaller. Consequently, the interaction between SS and TDIS in the case of high plasma {beta} influences the property of direction rotation of magnetic field across TDIS. Thereby, a wedge in the hodogram of tangential magnetic field comes into being. When {beta}{yields}{infinity}, TDISs disappear and the guide magnetic field becomes constant.

  17. Io - Longtudinal distribution of sulfur dioxide frost

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    Nelson, R. M.; Lane, A. L.; Matson, D. L.; Fanale, F. P.; Nash, D. B.; Johnson, T. V.

    1980-01-01

    A longitudinal variation in the distribution of SO2 frost on Io is examined. Twenty spectra of Io (0.26 to 0.33 micrometer) are presented and a strong ultraviolet absorption is found shortward of 0.33 micrometer. The abundance of frost is greatest at orbital longitudes 72 to 137 degrees. Longitudes 250 to 323 degrees are least abundant in SO2. Comparisons are made with a Voyager color relief map, which suggest that SO2 frost is in greatest concentration in the white areas of Io and other sulfurous materials are in greatest concentration in the red areas.

  18. Dissecting the genetic architecture of frost tolerance in Central European winter wheat

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    Reif, Jochen C.

    2013-01-01

    Abiotic stress tolerance in plants is pivotal to increase yield stability, but its genetic basis is still poorly understood. To gain insight into the genetic architecture of frost tolerance, this work evaluated a large mapping population of 1739 wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) lines and hybrids adapted to Central Europe in field trials in Germany and fingerprinted the lines with a 9000 single-nucleotide polymorphism array. Additive effects prevailed over dominance effects. A two-dimensional genome scan revealed the presence of epistatic effects. Genome-wide association mapping in combination with a robust cross-validation strategy identified one frost tolerance locus with a major effect located on chromosome 5B. This locus was not in linkage disequilibrium with the known frost loci Fr-B1 and Fr-B2. The use of the detected diagnostic markers on chromosome 5B, however, does not allow prediction of frost tolerance with high accuracy. Application of genome-wide selection approaches that take into account also loci with small effect sizes considerably improved prediction of the genetic variation of frost tolerance in wheat. The developed prediction model is valuable for improving frost tolerance because this trait displays a wide variation in occurrence across years and is therefore a difficult target for conventional phenotypic selection. PMID:24006418

  19. Frosting and defrosting on rigid superhydrohobic surface

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    Jing, Tengyue; Kim, Yeongae; Lee, Sangmin; Kim, Dongseob; Kim, Jinyul; Hwang, Woonbong

    2013-07-01

    Lotus leaves, which have superhydrophobic surfaces, have been extensively studied as a result of their extreme water repellency. Lotus leaves are liable to lose their superhydrophobicity when water condenses or frost forms and then melts on their surfaces. We have performed experiments to investigate the frosting and defrosting phenomena on various surfaces having differing wetting properties, ranging from superhydrophobicity to superhydrophilicity and including two kinds of superhydrophobic surface. Both flexible and rigid superhydrophobic surface have advantage of anti-frosting. However, only on the rigid superhydrophobic surface is defrosting effective without any water droplets. Therefore, the rigid superhydrophobic surface is most effective in defrosting and against frosting. Our results widen the potential applications of superhydrophobic surfaces and increase our understanding of water behavior at surfaces.

  20. Extension of Humidity Standards to Frost Point

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    Choi, B. I.; Lee, S.-W.; Kim, J. C.; Woo, S. B.

    2015-08-01

    The KRISS low frost-point humidity generator which has been operated by the two-temperature method in the frost-point range from to since 2006 is reformed to a two-temperature, two-pressure type, in order to extend the calibration capability to a frost point of . The temperature and pressure of the saturator were controlled to and 1 MPa, respectively. The water-vapor mole ratio generated by the upgraded humidity generator reached . The uncertainty of the generator was estimated by calculations as well as a series of experiments including the stability of the generated frost point, the saturation efficiency with a varied gas flow rate, and the change of water-vapor mole ratio in the tubing line. The standard uncertainty of the generator is less than at the frost point of and is increased to at the frost point of . The increase in uncertainty is mainly due to the water adsorption/desorption on the internal surface of tubing from the saturator to the hygrometer.

  1. Five second helium neutral beam injection using argon-frost cryopumping techniques

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    Phillips, J.C.; Kellman, D.H.; Hong, R.; Kim, J.; Laughon, G.M.

    1995-10-01

    High power helium neutral beams for the heating of tokamak discharges can now be provided for 5 s by using argon cryopumping (of the helium gas) in the beamlines. A system has now been installed to deposit a layer of argon frost on the DIII-D neutral beam cryopanels, between tokamak injection pulses. The layer serves to trap helium on the cryopanels providing sufficient pumping speed for 5 s helium beam extraction. The argon frosting hardware is now present on two of four DIII-D neutral beamlines, allowing injection of up to 6 MW of helium neutral beams per discharge, with pulse lengths of up to 5 s. The argon frosting system is described, along with experimental results demonstrating its effectiveness as a method of economically extending the capabilities of cryogenic pumping panels to allow multi-second helium neutral beam injection.

  2. Optical absorption in silicon layers in the presence of charge inversion/accumulation or ion implantation

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    Alloatti, L.; Lauermann, M.; Koos, C.; Freude, W.; Sürgers, C.; Leuthold, J.; Institute of Electromagnetic Fields , ETH Zurich, Zurich

    2013-07-29

    We determine the optical losses in gate-induced charge accumulation/inversion layers at a Si/SiO{sub 2} interface. Comparison between gate-induced charge layers and ion-implanted thin silicon films having an identical sheet resistance shows that optical losses can be significantly lower for gate-induced layers. For a given sheet resistance, holes produce higher optical loss than electrons. Measurements have been performed at λ = 1550 nm.

  3. Frost periods and frost-free periods in Poland and neighbouring countries

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    Tomczyk, Arkadiusz M.; Szyga-Pluta, Katarzyna; Majkowska, Agnieszka

    2015-11-01

    The main objective of this article is to analyse the multiannual variability of frost occurrence and the length of the frost-free period in Poland and neighbouring countries between 1971 and 2010. A frost day was de- fined as a day onwhich the minimum temperaturewas below 0°C and the maximum temperature was above 0°C. On average, between March and November, there were 30 frost days in Poland and neighbouring countries, and their number ranged between 12 and 61. In the analysed multiannual period, there was a statistically significant tendency for the last spring frost to be earlier. Conversely, the first autumn frost occurred increasingly late, although the changes were not statistically significant. All but three stations (Augsburg, Kaliningrad, Olsztyn) recorded an increase in the length of frost-free periods, which was statistically significant in 51% of stations. The pressure condition conducive to the occurrence of frosts was anticyclonic circulation, as confirmed by the SLP and z500 hPa maps which were drawn up, and the Grosswetterlagen (GWL) classification types which were distinguished.

  4. Frost streaks in the south polar cap of Mars

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    Thomas, P.; Veverka, J.; Campos-Marquetti, R.

    1979-01-01

    Viking Orbiter images of the annual south polar cap on Mars exhibit elongated bright features that are associated with craters and resemble wind streaks observed elsewhere on Mars. The study focuses on the well-documented frost streaks. The discussion covers the morphology of frost streaks, occurrence, seasonal behavior, thickness of frost in streak deposits, wind patterns inferred from frost streaks and other eolian features in the south polar region, formation of frost streaks, and other locales of preferential frost accumulation. The form and seasonal behavior of the bright elongated albedo markings which extend from the rims of many craters in the south polar cap suggest that they are accumulations of CO2 frost in the lee of craters. The frost streaks appear in the fall, increasing in length but not changing in direction during fall and winter. The frost streaks indicate a prograde circulation pattern of near-surface winds around the pole. Other details are also presented.

  5. An experimental investigation of the effect of hydrophobicity on the rate of frost growth in laminar channel flows

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    Dyer, J.M.; Storey, B.D.; Hoke, J.L.; Jacobi, A.M.; Georgiadis, J.G.

    2000-07-01

    An experimental investigation of the effect of the substrate on frost growth rate is presented. Measurements of frost height as a function of time are presented for a flat, bare, horizontally oriented aluminum substrate and four coated substrates, two hydrophilic and two hydrophobic. The average frost growth rate on the hydrophilic coated aluminum substrate is 13% higher than the control substrate, while the frost growth rate on the hydrophilic kapton substrate is 4% higher. Frost grows on the hydrophobic substrates at a rate 19% and 3% lower than the reference substrate for the polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) coated steel and PTFE tape, respectively. Differences in the receding and advancing contact angles for these substrates do not fully explain the difference in growth rates. Differences in initial water deposition, freezing, and frost growth on hydrophilic and hydrophobic substrates are examined using confocal microscopy. On the basis of the microscopic observations, the authors hypothesize that the water coverage on the substrate before and after freezing can affect the thermal resistance of the mature frost layer. Differences in thermal resistance, in turn, affect the growth rate.

  6. Frost halos from supercooled water droplets.

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    Jung, Stefan; Tiwari, Manish K; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2012-10-01

    Water freezing on solid surfaces is ubiquitous in nature. Even though icing/frosting impairs the performance and safety in many processes, its mechanism remains inadequately understood. Changing atmospheric conditions, surface properties, the complexity of icing physics, and the unorthodox behavior of water are the primary factors that make icing and frost formation intriguing and difficult to predict. In addition to its unquestioned scientific and practical importance, unraveling the frosting mechanism under different conditions is a prerequisite to develop "icephobic" surfaces, which may avoid ice formation and contamination. In this work we demonstrate that evaporation from a freezing supercooled sessile droplet, which starts explosively due to the sudden latent heat released upon recalescent freezing, generates a condensation halo around the droplet, which crystallizes and drastically affects the surface behavior. The process involves simultaneous multiple phase transitions and may also spread icing by initiating sequential freezing of neighboring droplets in the form of a domino effect and frost propagation. Experiments under controlled humidity conditions using substrates differing up to three orders of magnitude in thermal conductivity establish that a delicate balance between heat diffusion and vapor transport determines the final expanse of the frozen condensate halo, which, in turn, controls frost formation and propagation. PMID:23012410

  7. Frost halos from supercooled water droplets

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    Jung, Stefan; Tiwari, Manish K.; Poulikakos, Dimos

    2012-01-01

    Water freezing on solid surfaces is ubiquitous in nature. Even though icing/frosting impairs the performance and safety in many processes, its mechanism remains inadequately understood. Changing atmospheric conditions, surface properties, the complexity of icing physics, and the unorthodox behavior of water are the primary factors that make icing and frost formation intriguing and difficult to predict. In addition to its unquestioned scientific and practical importance, unraveling the frosting mechanism under different conditions is a prerequisite to develop “icephobic” surfaces, which may avoid ice formation and contamination. In this work we demonstrate that evaporation from a freezing supercooled sessile droplet, which starts explosively due to the sudden latent heat released upon recalescent freezing, generates a condensation halo around the droplet, which crystallizes and drastically affects the surface behavior. The process involves simultaneous multiple phase transitions and may also spread icing by initiating sequential freezing of neighboring droplets in the form of a domino effect and frost propagation. Experiments under controlled humidity conditions using substrates differing up to three orders of magnitude in thermal conductivity establish that a delicate balance between heat diffusion and vapor transport determines the final expanse of the frozen condensate halo, which, in turn, controls frost formation and propagation. PMID:23012410

  8. Transition of the boundary layer on a circular cylinder in the presence of a trip

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    Behara, Suresh; Mittal, Sanjay

    2011-07-01

    The instabilities in the flow past a cylinder are reviewed. The transition of the boundary layer on the cylinder is investigated numerically. In order to promote early transition, the boundary layer on the upper half is tripped by placing a roughness element of height, 0.5% of the cylinder diameter, at 55° to the freestream direction. Large eddy simulation (LES) is utilized to simulate the turbulent flow in three dimensions. A comparison is made between the characteristics of the flow past a smooth cylinder and the cylinder with roughness element for 1×104≤Re≤1×106. As Re is increased beyond 5×104, the boundary layer on the upper half of the cylinder with a trip experiences transition to a turbulent state. The transition is facilitated by the instability of the shear layer that rolls up into small vortices. As a result, the time-averaged drag coefficient, CD\\OverBar, decreases rapidly with Re leading to drag-crisis. On the smooth cylinder drag decreases in a single stage, while a two-stage staggered drag-crisis is observed for the cylinder with a trip. The flow becomes asymmetric due to the tripping of the boundary layer on only one half. This leads the cylinder to experience a net lift in a time-averaged sense. In the first stage of the drag-crisis positive lift is observed and during the second stage lift reversal takes place.

  9. Effect of sodium monofluorophosphate treatment on microstructure and frost salt scaling durability of slag cement paste

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    Copuroglu, O. . E-mail: o.copuroglu@citg.tudelft.nl; Fraaij, A.L.A.; Bijen, J.M.J.M.

    2006-08-15

    Sodium-monofluorophosphate (Na-MFP) is currently in use as a surface applied corrosion inhibitor in the concrete industry. Its basic mechanism is to protect the passive layer of the reinforcement steel against disruption due to carbonation. Carbonation is known as the most detrimental environmental effect on blast furnace slag cement (BFSC) concrete with respect to frost salt scaling. In this paper the effect of Na-MFP on the microstructure and frost salt scaling resistance of carbonated BFSC paste is presented. The results of electron microscopy, mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) and X-ray diffraction (XRD) are discussed. It is found that the treatment modifies the microstructure and improves the resistance of carbonated BFSC paste against frost salt attack.

  10. Spectra of SO2 frost for application to emission observations of Io

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    Slobodkin, L. S.; Buyakov, I. F.; Triput, N. S.

    1980-05-01

    Laboratory reflection spectra of SO2 frost in the range 6-14 microns are presented for comparison with Voyager 1 IR spectra of Io. The spectra were obtained for 3-mm thick frost layers formed at 80 K and subsequently warmed to 140 K and cooled to 80 K to represent a 140 K formation temperature. It is shown that only the spectrum of frost deposited on a substrate at a rate of 1500 microns/min and a temperature of 80K exhibits a strong absorption band at 7.5 microns, consistent with the possible Voyager identification of solid SO2 absorption feature in emission observations. Plans for acquiring laboratory spectra covering a wider range of frequencies and formation temperatures and thus enabling further diagnostics of the Io surface are noted.

  11. Enhanced interlayer trapping of a tetracycline antibiotic within montmorillonite layers in the presence of Ca and Mg.

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    Aristilde, Ludmilla; Lanson, Bruno; Mih-Brendl, Jocelyne; Marichal, Claire; Charlet, Laurent

    2016-02-15

    The formation of a ternary antibiotic-metal-clay complex is hypothesized as the primary adsorption mechanism responsible for the increased adsorption of tetracycline antibiotics on smectites in the presence of divalent metal cations under circumneutral and higher pH conditions. To evaluate this hypothesis, we conducted a spectroscopic investigation of oxytetracycline (OTC) interacting with Na-montmorillonite in the presence and absence of Ca or Mg salts at pH 6 and pH 8. Despite a two-fold increase in OTC adsorbed in the presence of Ca or Mg, both solid-state nuclear magnetic resonance and infrared signatures of the OTC functional groups involved in metal complexation implied that the formation of an inner-sphere ternary complexation was not significant in stabilizing the adsorbate structures. The spectroscopic data further indicated that the positively-charged amino group mediated the OTC adsorption both in the absence and presence of the divalent metal cations. Focusing on the experiments with Mg, X-ray diffraction analysis revealed that the metal-promoted adsorption was coupled with an increased intercalation of OTC within the montmorillonite layers. The resulting interstratified clay layers were characterized by simulating X-ray diffraction of theoretical stacking compositions using molecular dynamics-optimized montmorillonite layers with and without OTC. The simulations uncovered the evolution of segregated interstratification patterns that demonstrated how increased access to smectite interlayers in the presence of the divalent metal cations enhanced adsorption of OTC. Our findings suggest that specific aqueous structures of the clay crystallites in response to the co-presence of Mg and OTC in solution served as precursors to the interlayer trapping of the antibiotic species. Elucidation of these structures is needed for further insights on how aqueous chemistry influences the role of smectite clay minerals in trapping organic molecules in natural and engineered soil particles. PMID:26613334

  12. Measurement of Frost-Induced Snowmelt Runoff in a Forest Soil

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    Stadler, Daniel; Wunderli, Hans; Auckenthaler, Adrian; Flhler, Hannes; Brndl, Michael

    1996-10-01

    Snow interception in a coniferous stand leads to considerable short-range variability in snowcover depth, which in turn affects the water and heat regime of the soil. To study the coupling between snow accumulation, frost penetration, and hydrological response, plot-scale experiments were conducted in a subalpine spruce forest. The stony, sandy-loamy Spodosol was highly permeable and had an organic layer of 5-15 cm thickness. Within two plots, one underneath a tree crown and one in a canopy gap, we measured near-surface runoff, soil temperature, and liquid water content. Snow and frost depths varied more in space than between two winter periods at given locations. Frost penetration was greater near the trunk, where a higher portion of snowmelt water drained downslope close to the surface than in the gap due to frost-induced reduction of infiltration. In both years, the spring snowmelt occurred over two distinct periods. During the first snowmelt, the water percolated primarily through the frozen layer and part of it probably refroze within the frozen layer, thereby raising the total water and ice content. During the second event, near-surface runoff was more pronounced.

  13. [Distribution of Redox Zone at Different Water Layers in the Presence of Periphyton and the Responsible Microorganisms].

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    Wang, Feng-wu; Liu, Wei; Wan, Juan-juan; Yang, Jia-li; Liu, Xue-mei; Xiang, Su-lin; Wu, Yong-hong

    2015-11-01

    So far, many types of carriers (such as artificial mat, industrial soft carriers) have been widely used in removing pollutants, purifying water quality via the periphyton attached on the surface of these carriers. In the presence of periphyton, the distribution of redox zone at different water layers is directly or indirectly associated with the removal rate of pollutants. Therefore, it is more practically significant to study the distribution of redox zone at different water layers and the microbial diversity in the presence of periphyton. In this study, the pilot experiment was performed in a simulated water column bioreactor. Firstly, the eutrophic water collected from XuanWu Lake was added into the simulated water column bioreactor. The industrial soft carriers were then suspended into the water column in order to enhance the growth of periphyton. After periphyton gained a steady growth state, the oxidation reduction zones (redox zones) and the responsible microorganisms at different water layers were monitored. The results showed that five sequent redox zones (i. e. oxygen reduction, nitrate reduction, iron reduction, methanogenic and sulfate reduction zones, respectively) appeared in different water layers from top-down in the presence of periphyton and their responsible terminal electron acceptors were O2, NO3(-), Fe3+, CO2 and SO4(2-) respectively. The indicators of the different zones were DO, NO2(-), Fe(2+), HCO3(-) and sulfide, and the highest concentrations were 11.290 mg x L(-1), 4.950 mg x L(-1), 38.326 mg x L(-1), 120.000 mg x L(-1) and 12.180 mg x L(-1), respectively. The results of microbiological characteristics tested by Biolog EcoPlate technology revealed that there were significant differences in the composition, metabolic activity, carbon utilization of periphyton at different water layers, causing the difference in the distribution of redox zones at different water layers. These findings implies that study on the distribution of redox zones and microbiological characteristics in the presence of periphyton provides a better understanding that periphyton is capable of improving water quality at different layer, and also provides some theoretical basis for the development of technology for purifying water quality based on periphyton. PMID:26910988

  14. Measurements of thermal infrared spectral reflectance of frost, snow, and ice

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    Salisbury, John W.; D'Aria, Dana M.; Wald, Andrew

    1994-01-01

    Because much of Earth's surface is covered by frost, snow, and ice, the spectral emissivities of these materials are a significant input to radiation balance calculations in global atmospheric circulation and climate change models. Until now, however, spectral emissivities of frost and snow have been calculated from the optical constants of ice. We have measured directional hemispherical reflectance spectra of frost, snow, and ice from which emissivities can be predicted using Kirchhoff's law (e = 1-R). These measured spectra show that contrary to conclusions about the emissivity of snow drawn from previously calculated spectra, snow emissivity departs significantly from blackbody behavior in the 8-14 micrometer region of the spectrum; snow emissivity decreases with both increasing particle size and increasing density due to packing or grain welding; while snow emissivity increases due to the presence of meltwater.

  15. Measurements of thermal infrared spectral reflectance of frost, snow, and ice

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    Salisbury, John W.; D'Aria, Dana M.; Wald, Andrew

    1994-12-01

    Because much of Earth's surface is covered by frost, snow, and ice, the spectral emissivities of these materials are a significant input to radiation balance calculations in global atmospheric circulation and climate change models. Until now, however, spectral emissivities of frost and snow have been calculated from the optical constants of ice. We have measured directional hemispherical reflectance spectra of frost, snow, and ice from which emissivities can be predicted using Kirchhoff's law (e=1-R). These measured spectra show that contrary to conclusions about the emissivity of snow drawn from previously calculated spectra, snow emissivity departs significantly from blackbody behavior in the 8-14 μm region of the spectrum; snow emissivity decreases with both incresing particle size and increasing density due to packing or grain welding; while snow emissivity increases due to the presence of meltwater.

  16. Summer Boundary Layer structure and circulations in the presence of a large man made lake

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    Salgado, Rui; Soares, Pedro; Policarpo, Carlos; Le Moigne, Patrick; Miranda, Pedro; Potes, Miguel

    2015-04-01

    The evolution of the thermodynamic structure of the atmospheric boundary layer over and in the vicinity of the Alqueva reservoir, a 250 km2 man made lake in south Portugal, is studied using mesoscale simulations and observations. The Observations were carried out during the intensive period (IOP) of the ALqueva hydro-meteorological Experiment, ALEX 2014 (www.alex2014.cge.uevora.pt), which took place between 22 and 24 July 2014. Twomodels were used, and the results have been inter-compared: The Weather Research and Forecasting, WRF, andthe non-hydrostatic Meso-NH. During the ALEX 2014 IOP, radiosondes were launched every tree hours and the near surface fluxes of energy, vapor and momentum were measured using an eddy covariance system installed on a floating platform in the lake. The ALEX field campaign includes also several surface meteorological stations, over water and land in order to characterize the local horizontal structure of the surface layer. The simulations, validated by the observations, allows the study of the effects of the lake in the boundary layer and on the atmospheric flow.

  17. On the active control of shear layer oscillations across a cavity in the presence of pipeline acoustic resonance

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    Huang, X. Y.; Weaver, D. S.

    1991-03-01

    This paper presents an experimental study of shear layer oscillations past an axisymmetric cavity in a pipeline in the presence of acoustic resonance and active control. The acoustic pressure and velocity fluctuations were measured using a flush-mounted microphone in the pipe wall and a hot-wire probe located in the cavity, respectively. Control was achieved by passing such signals through a phase shifter and amplifier to a loudspeaker at the pipeline entrance. It was found that the shear layer instability could be driven to higher sound pressure levels than naturally occurring at resonance or entirely eliminated by the controller, depending on the phase shift given to the feedback signal. The flow visualization photographs clearly show the first three modes of shear layer instability across the cavity and their elimination. The accompanying hot-wire spectra show the frequency content of the flow in each case.

  18. A Gentle Frost: Poet Helen Frost Talks about the Healing Power of Poetry and Her Latest Novel

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    Margolis, Rick

    2006-01-01

    This article presents an interview with poet Helen Frost. Frost talked about how poetry can help at-risk children. She also related the challenges she faced when she wrote her latest book titled "The Braid."

  19. Latest results from FROST at Jefferson Lab

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    Ritchie, Barry G.

    2014-06-01

    The spectrum of broad and overlapping nucleon excitations can be greatly clarified by use of a polarized photon beam incident on a polarized target in meson photoproduction experiments. At Jefferson Lab, a program of such measurements has made use of the Jefferson Lab FROzen Spin Target (FROST). An overview of preliminary results are presented.

  20. Robert Frost and the American College.

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    Newdick, Robert S.

    1999-01-01

    The life and works of poet Robert Frost are examined for insights into his philosophy concerning higher education, particularly formal education, his own style of teaching, perceptions of the teacher's role within and outside the classroom, and the relationship between student and teacher. (Originally published in 1936) (MSE)

  1. Autumn Frost, North Polar Sand Dunes

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    1999-01-01

    Autumn in the martian northern hemisphere began around August 1, 1999. Almost as soon as northern fall began, the Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) started documenting the arrival of autumn frost--a precursor to the cold winter that will arrive in late December 1999. The first features to become covered by frost were the sand dunes that surround the north polar ice cap. The dunes seen here would normally appear very dark--almost black--except when covered by frost. Why the dunes begin to frost sooner than the surrounding surfaces is a mystery: perhaps the dunes contain water vapor that emerges from the sand during the day and condenses again at night. This picture shows dunes near 74.7oN, 61.4oW at a resolution of about 7.3 meters (24 feet) per pixel. The area covered is about 3 km (1.9 mi) across and is illuminated from the upper right. The picture appears to be somewhat fuzzy and grainy because the dunes here are seen through the thin haze of the gathering north polar winter hood (i.e., clouds).

  2. PROXIMITY TO CONIFERS MINIMIZES FROST EXPOSURE

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    In temperate climates, agricultural production is frequently damaged at both ends of the growing season due to episodic radiation frost. During these periods, air temperature is frequently adequate for forage and specialty crop growth. The effect of thermal radiation from conifer tree canopies on ...

  3. Insulator (Heat and Frost). Occupational Analyses Series.

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    McRory, Aline; Ally, Mohamed

    This analysis covers tasks performed by an insulator, an occupational title some provinces and territories of Canada have also identified as heat and frost insulator. A guide to analysis discusses development, structure, and validation method; scope of the occupation; trends; and safety. To facilitate understanding the nature of the occupation,

  4. Distribution of Sulfur Dioxide Frost on Io

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    1997-01-01

    Sulfur dioxide, normally a gas at room temperatures, is known to exist on Io's surface as a frost, condensing there from the hot gases emanating from the Io volcanoes. However, the deposition patterns and relation of the frost distribution to the volcanic activity is unknown, since prior measurements lacked the spatial resolution to accurately map the surface frost.

    The Galileo Near Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (NIMS) obtained relatively high spatial and spectral resolution images during the C3 orbit, and the characteristic infrared absorptions of sulfur dioxide frost appearing in the spectra were used to produce the SO2 frost map shown on the right. The comparison image on the left (from 1979 Voyager measurements) shows the same view and indicates the surface brightness as seen in visible light.

    The frost map shows maximum SO2 concentration as white, lesser amounts as blue coloration, and areas with little or no SO2 as black. The resolution of this map is about 120 km (75 miles), which spans the latitude range 120 W to 270 W.

    It is interesting to compare this frost distribution with regions of volcanic activity. Volcanic hotspots identified from NIMS and SSI images occur in many of the dark - low SO2 - areas, a reasonable finding since sulfur dioxide would not condense on such hot regions. The Pele region (to the lower left), N. Colchis hot spots (upper center) and S. Volund (upper right) are good examples of hot spot areas depleted in sulfur dioxide. Much of the rest of this hemisphere of Io has varying amounts of sulfur dioxide present. The most sulfur dioxide-rich area is Colchis Regio, the white area to the right of center.

    Of particular interest is the dark area to the south of Colchis Regio. From the study of other NIMS images, it is seen that this region does not have any large, obvious hotspots. However, it is depleted in sulfur dioxide.

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    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC.

    This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the World Wide Web, on the Galileo mission home page at URL http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov.

  5. Polymerization of microtubules in the presence of diffusing tubulins: a boundary layer analysis

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    Yadav, Vandana; Mukherji, Sutapa

    2015-02-01

    Microtubules are biopolymers with an interesting growth dynamics that alternates between persistent phases of polymerization and depolymerization. The growth dynamics is expected to be influenced by the dynamics of the tubulin molecules around the microtubule. In this paper, we present a boundary layer based method that allows us to study systematically a nonlinear growth model coupling the growth dynamics of microtubule and the diffusive dynamics of free tubulins in the neighboring environment. Following previous experimental studies, we consider the growth and the rescue rates to be dependent on the tubulin density in the neighborhood of the microtubule tip. Considering the effect of various regulatory proteins that facilitate the motion of tubulin molecules along the direction of growth, we incorporate an effective biased diffusion of tubulin molecules. Based on the values of the bias velocity and other parameters, the boundary layer analysis shows two regions with distinct nature of microtubule length distributions. In order to show the wider applicability of the method, we briefly discuss the case of tubulin density dependent catastrophe rate. Some of our results are supported by numerical simulations.

  6. Ubiquitous presence of gluconeogenic regulatory enzyme, fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase, within layers of rat retina

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    Mamczur, Piotr; Mazurek, Jakub

    2010-01-01

    To shed some light on gluconeogenesis in mammalian retina, we have focused on fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase (FBPase), a regulatory enzyme of the process. The abundance of the enzyme within the layers of the rat retina suggests that, in mammals in contrast to amphibia, gluconeogenesis is not restricted to one specific cell of the retina. We propose that FBPase, in addition to its gluconeogenic role, participates in the protection of the retina against reactive oxygen species. Additionally, the nuclear localization of FBPase and of its binding partner, aldolase, in the retinal cells expressing the proliferation marker Ki-67 indicates that these two gluconeogenic enzymes are involved in non-enzymatic nuclear processes. Electronic supplementary material The online version of this article (doi:10.1007/s00441-010-1008-2) contains supplementary material, which is available to authorized users. PMID:20614135

  7. Bridge Frost Prediction by Heat and Mass Transfer Methods

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    Greenfield, Tina M.; Takle, Eugene S.

    2006-03-01

    Frost on roadways and bridges can present hazardous conditions to motorists, particularly when it occurs in patches or on bridges when adjacent roadways are clear of frost. To minimize materials costs, vehicle corrosion, and negative environmental impacts, frost-suppression chemicals should be applied only when, where, and in the appropriate amounts needed to maintain roadways in a safe condition for motorists. Accurate forecasts of frost onset times, frost intensity, and frost disappearance (e.g., melting or sublimation) are needed to help roadway maintenance personnel decide when, where, and how much frost-suppression chemical to use. A finite-difference algorithm (BridgeT) has been developed that simulates vertical heat transfer in a bridge based on evolving meteorological conditions at its top and bottom as supplied by a weather forecast model. BridgeT simulates bridge temperatures at numerous points within the bridge (including its upper and lower surface) at each time step of the weather forecast model and calculates volume per unit area (i.e., depth) of deposited, melted, or sublimed frost. This model produces forecasts of bridge surface temperature, frost depth, and bridge condition (i.e., dry, wet, icy/snowy). Bridge frost predictions and bridge surface temperature are compared with observed and measured values to assess BridgeT's skill in forecasting bridge frost and associated conditions.

  8. Kinetic Alfven wave in the presence of kappa distribution function in plasma sheet boundary layer

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    Shrivastava, G.; Shrivastava, J.; Ahirwar, G.

    2015-07-01

    The particle aspect approach is adopted to investigate the trajectories of charged particles in the electromagnetic field of kinetic Alfven wave. Expressions are found for the dispersion relation, damping/growth rate and associated currents in the presence of kappa distribution function. Kinetic effect of electrons and ions are included to study kinetic Alfven wave because both are important in the transition region. It is found that the ratio ? of electron thermal energy density to magnetic field energy density and the ratio of ion to electron thermal temperature (Ti/Te), and kappa distribution function affect the dispersion relation, damping/growth rate and associated currents in both cases(warm and cold electron limit).The treatment of kinetic Alfven wave instability is based on assumption that the plasma consist of resonant and non resonant particles. The resonant particles participate in an energy exchange process, whereas the non resonant particles support the oscillatory motion of the wave.

  9. Soil surface water content estimation by full-waveform GPR signal inversion in presence of thin layers

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    Minet, J.; Lambot, S.; Slob, E.; Vanclooster, M.

    2009-04-01

    Characterizing the spatial distribution of the soil surface water content at various scales is essential in many researches and applications. There is still now a scale gap between small-scale invasive techniques and large-scale remote sensing acquisition of soil water content data. To bridge this scale gap, we have developed a specific proximal ground penetrating radar (GPR) approach based on international standard vector network analyzer technology and full-waveform inverse modeling of the radar data. The method is particularly suited for high-resolution real-time mapping of the soil surface water content at the field scale, implying some required adaptations for facing real field conditions. In that respect, we analyzed the effect of the presence of shallow thin layers on the estimation of soil surface water content using full-waveform inversion of off-ground GPR data. Indeed, strong dielectric contrasts close to the surface are expected to occur under fast wetting or drying weather conditions, thereby leading to constructive and destructive interferences with respect to the surface reflection. Using numerical experiments, we first quantified the resulting errors in case these thin layers are not accounted for in the electromagnetic model, and then, we investigated the possibility to reconstruct them. Laboratory experiments were conducted to assess the stability of the inverse solution with respect to actual measurement and modeling errors. Results showed that neglecting shallow thin layers may lead to significant errors on the estimation of soil surface water content, increasing with the contrast between the two layers. Accounting for these layers in the inversion process strongly improved the results, although some optimization issues were encountered. In the laboratory, the proposed method permitted to retrieve thin layers parameters, i.e., the dielectric permittivity and the layer thickness, with a good agreement compared to direct measurements. Furthermore, laboratory results have strengthened numerical experiments outcomes, showing same contrast-related discrepancies when the shallow layering is not taken into account. These results suggest that the proposed GPR method is promising for field-scale mapping of soil surface water content and put up inverse modeling strategies to deal with shallow layered soil conditions.

  10. Synthesis of layered zinc hydroxide chlorides in the presence of Al(III)

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    Ishikawa, Tatsuo . E-mail: ishikawa@cc.osaka-kyoiku.ac.jp; Matsumoto, Kumi; Kandori, Kazuhiko; Nakayama, Takenori

    2006-04-15

    Zinc hydroxide chloride particles were synthesized by hydrolysis of ZnCl{sub 2} solutions dissolving AlCl{sub 3} at different atomic Al/Zn ratios from 0 to 1.0 and characterized by various techniques. Increasing Al/Zn ratio changed the crystal phases of the products as ZnO{sup {yields}}ZnO+ZHC (Zn{sub 5}(OH){sub 8}Cl{sub 2}.H{sub 2}O){sup {yields}}ZHC{sup {yields}}LDH (layered double hydroxides, Zn-Al-Cl) and the particle morphology as agglomerates (ZnO){sup {yields}}fine particles (ZnO){sup {yields}}plates (ZHC)+rods (ZnO){sup {yields}}plates (ZHC){sup {yields}}plates (LDH). The atomic Cl/Zn ratios of LDH particles formed at Al/Zn{>=}0.3 were ca. 0.3 despite the increase of Al/Zn ratio, being due to the intercalation of CO{sub 3} {sup 2-} into the LDH crystal. The OH{sup -} content of LDH estimated by TG was reduced by the deprotonation of OH{sup -} to counteract the excess positive charge produced by replacing Zn(II) with Al(III). ZHC exhibited a high adsorption selectivity of H{sub 2}O.

  11. Synthesis of layered zinc hydroxide chlorides in the presence of Al(III)

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    Ishikawa, Tatsuo; Matsumoto, Kumi; Kandori, Kazuhiko; Nakayama, Takenori

    2006-04-01

    Zinc hydroxide chloride particles were synthesized by hydrolysis of ZnCl 2 solutions dissolving AlCl 3 at different atomic Al/Zn ratios from 0 to 1.0 and characterized by various techniques. Increasing Al/Zn ratio changed the crystal phases of the products as ZnO?ZnO+ZHC (Zn 5(OH) 8Cl 2H 2O)?ZHC?LDH (layered double hydroxides, Zn-Al-Cl) and the particle morphology as agglomerates (ZnO)?fine particles (ZnO)?plates (ZHC)+rods (ZnO)?plates (ZHC)?plates (LDH). The atomic Cl/Zn ratios of LDH particles formed at Al/Zn?0.3 were ca. 0.3 despite the increase of Al/Zn ratio, being due to the intercalation of CO 32- into the LDH crystal. The OH - content of LDH estimated by TG was reduced by the deprotonation of OH - to counteract the excess positive charge produced by replacing Zn(II) with Al(III). ZHC exhibited a high adsorption selectivity of H 2O.

  12. GTD analysis of airborne antennas radiating in the presence of lossy dielectric layers

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    Rojas-Teran, R. G.; Burnside, W. D.

    1981-01-01

    The patterns of monopole or aperture antennas mounted on a perfectly conducting convex surface radiating in the presence of a dielectric or metal plate are computed. The geometrical theory of diffraction is used to analyze the radiating system and extended here to include diffraction by flat dielectric slabs. Modified edge diffraction coefficients valid for wedges whose walls are lossy or lossless thin dielectric or perfectly conducting plates are developed. The width of the dielectric plates cannot exceed a quarter of a wavelength in free space, and the interior angle of the wedge is assumed to be close to 0 deg or 180 deg. Systematic methods for computing the individual components of the total high frequency field are discussed. The accuracy of the solutions is demonstrated by comparisons with measured results, where a 2 lambda by 4 lambda prolate spheroid is used as the convex surface. A jump or kink appears in the calculated pattern when higher order terms that are important are not included in the final solution. The most immediate application of the results presented here is in the modelling of structures such as aircraft which are composed of nonmetallic parts that play a significant role in the pattern.

  13. Method and apparatus for detecting the presence and thickness of carbon and oxide layers on EUV reflective surfaces

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    Malinowski, Michael E.

    2005-01-25

    The characteristics of radiation that is reflected from carbon deposits and oxidation formations on highly reflective surfaces such as Mo/Si mirrors can be quantified and employed to detect and measure the presence of such impurities on optics. Specifically, it has been shown that carbon deposits on a Mo/Si multilayer mirror decreases the intensity of reflected HeNe laser (632.8 nm) light. In contrast, oxide layers formed on the mirror should cause an increase in HeNe power reflection. Both static measurements and real-time monitoring of carbon and oxide surface impurities on optical elements in lithography tools should be achievable.

  14. [Frosted-branch angiitis revealing Behet's disease].

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    Renard, E; Chiquet, C; Bouillet, L; Romanet, J-P

    2009-11-01

    A 30-year-old man with a history of skin and recurrent oral ulceration over 1 year developed loss of visual acuity in the right eye. The diagnosis of acute frosted branch angiitis was based on retinal vasculitis associated with retinal edema and hemorrhages, confirmed using fluorescein angiography (venous leakage and extensive staining of the vein walls). General examination revealed pseudofolliculitis and recurrent oral ulcers. The diagnosis of Behet's disease was based on the international criteria. The patient was treated with prednisolone and colchicine, which were effective with a normalization of the fundus 1 month later. The initial presentation of Behet's disease as frosted branch angiitis is exceptional, the main differential diagnosis being herpetic infections, which must be ruled out. PMID:19616344

  15. Ice-frosted crater tops on Ganymede

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    1996-01-01

    Scientists believe that water-ice frosts are the likely cause for the brightening seen around the circular rims of these craters located at a high northern latitude (57 degrees) on Jupiter's moon Ganymede in this image taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on September 6, 1996. The image, just recently radioed to Earth from the spacecraft, shows the same kind of bright, high-latitude surface areas as those first seen by the Voyager spacecraft in 1979, but at higher resolution (this image spans about 18 kilometers or 11 miles on a side). Even though the Sun is shining from the south, the north-facing walls of the ridges and craters are brighter than the walls facing the Sun. This is interpreted to mean that the very bright north-facing slopes are covered with surface water-ice frosts, and that these frosts preferentially accumulate in such high-latitude locations. Galileo scientists say that at the high resolution seen in Galileo images, the high-latitude brightness seen by Voyager is partly attributable to frosts forming on cooler, north-facing slopes.

    The right-hand side of the image is dominated by a north-south line of impact craters; the smallest ones at the top are about 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in diameter and the large one at the bottom is about 5 kilometers (about 3 miles) in diameter. Ganymede is the largest moon in the solar system, larger than the planet Mercury and nearly the size of Mars.

    The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, manages the mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, DC. This image and other images and data received from Galileo are posted on the Galileo mission home page on the World Wide Web at http://galileo.jpl.nasa.gov. Background information and educational context for the images can be found at http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galileo/sepo

  16. Rapid frost weathering and its potential role as a periglacial buzzsaw

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    Hallet, Bernard; Roche, James

    2010-05-01

    Icy Bay, in the Chugach-St.Elias mountains of southern Alaska, provides an excellent opportunity to 1) document exceptionally rapid breakdown of cobbles on surfaces recently exposed by glacial retreat, 2) examine frost-induced breakdown in light of recent advances in theory, and 3) explore the potential role of periglacial processes in limiting the height of mountain ranges. The latter adds to the current interest in the interactions between topography, tectonics and climate, and in particular, the so-called glacial buzzsaw (Egholm, et al. 2009. Nature, 460, p 884; doi:10.1038/nature08263). This is the notion that the growth of mountains is curtailed by erosion and related effects of glaciers with little or no dependence on the factors that are generally thought to control the height of mountains; height increases with the elevation of the snow line, with little or no influence of uplift and exhumation rates, rock type, and precipitation. A well-documented retreat of tidewater glaciers in Icy Bay has resulted in a succession of outwash surfaces on which cobbles of diverse lithology were exposed to atmospheric conditions sequentially. Following deposition, initial breakdown rates were determined for each of four distinct lithologies: siltstone, sandstone, greenschist, and granite/gneiss. These rates decrease to negligible values after 10-15 years of exposure. Breakdown is significantly enhanced adjacent to the current shoreline with the fraction of surface cobbles fractured after 30 years ranging from 20% for granite/gneiss to 90% for siltstone. Theoretical considerations suggest that the susceptibility of a rock type to frost weathering is dictated by its specific surface area and resistance to fracture. These parameters define a threshold zone for frost weathering specific to ambient thermal and moisture conditions in Icy Bay, a conclusion substantiated by independent experimental evidence. This result, coupled with the fact that this and other studies have shown enhanced rock breakdown under relatively mild climatic conditions, suggests the importance of unfrozen water migration in frost weathering under natural conditions and a significantly greater spatial importance of frost weathering than previously recognized. The rate of frost weathering should be maximized for temperatures between -3 to -10C and in the presence of abundant moisture. These conditions ought to define an elevation interval in mountainous landscapes most conducive to frost weathering. Climatic fluctuations ought to drive large altitudinal changes in this interval causing variations in affected land area. Frost weathering appears to be significantly faster than other subaerial weathering mechanisms, and probably contributes significantly to the rapid exhumation documented in the Icy Bay region (Berger, A.L., et al. 2008. Nature Geoscience,1, 793-802.)

  17. Algorithm for Estimating the Plume Centerline Temperature and Ceiling Jet Temperature in the Presence of a Hot Upper Layer

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    Davis, William D.; Notarianni, Kathy A.; Tapper, Phillip Z.

    1998-01-01

    The experiments were designed to provide insight into the behavior of jet fuel fires in aircraft hangars and to study the impact of these fires on the design and operation of a variety of fire protection systems. As a result, the test series included small fires designed to investigate the operation of UV/IR detectors and smoke detectors as well as large fires which were used to investigate the operation of ceiling mounted heat detectors and sprinklers. The impact of the presence or absence of draft curtains was also studied in the 15 m hangar. It is shown that in order to predict the plume centerline temperature within experimental uncertainty, the entrainment of the upper layer gas must be modeled. For large fires, the impact of a changing radiation fraction must also be included in the calculation. The dependence of the radial temperature profile of the ceiling jet as a function of layer development is demonstrated and a ceiling jet temperature algorithm which includes the impact of a growing layer is developed.

  18. A coupled thermo-mechanical model of the differential frost heave

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    Nicolsky, D. J.; Tipenko, G. S.; Romanovsky, V.; Walker, D. A.

    2004-12-01

    Research investigates cryoturbation processes in the Arctic tundra, and mechanisms that cause differential frost heave in the active layer. The project explores the influence of seasonal freeze/thaw cycles on the dynamics of frost boils north of the Alaska's Brook Range. The main question to be addressed is, "How changes in surface conditions such as vegetation, snow cover and climate affect the seasonal dynamics of water and heat within frost-boil systems?" A coupled thermo-mechanical model of the frost boil phenomena based on principles of thermodynamic equilibrium and continuum mechanics will be presented. The soil is treated as a heterogeneous fully saturated mixture of ice, water and soil particles, which obeys laws of elasticity for slow deformations in a porous media. The pore water migration towards the freezing zone and its consequent freezing are the main driving forces of the soil deformation. The model includes the heat and mass conservation laws, continuity equation, the Claiperon equation, and an empirical formula, which relates unfrozen water content to temperature. The basic system of equations is reduced to a computationally convenient set of coupled equations for temperature, liquid water pressure, porosity, and the velocity of soil particles in a three-dimensional domain with an assumption of cylindrical symmetry. A finite element method and an implicit scheme in time are utilized to construct a non-linear system of equations, which are solved iteratively.

  19. How endangered is sexual reproduction of high-mountain plants by summer frosts? Frost resistance, frequency of frost events and risk assessment.

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    Ladinig, Ursula; Hacker, Jürgen; Neuner, Gilbert; Wagner, Johanna

    2013-03-01

    In temperate-zone mountains, summer frosts usually occur during unpredictable cold spells with snow-falls. Earlier studies have shown that vegetative aboveground organs of most high-mountain plants tolerate extracellular ice in the active state. However, little is known about the impact of frost on reproductive development and reproductive success. In common plant species from the European Alps (Cerastium uniflorum, Loiseleuria procumbens, Ranunculus glacialis, Rhododendron ferrugineum, Saxifraga bryoides, S. moschata, S. caesia), differing in growth form, altitudinal distribution and phenology, frost resistance of reproductive and vegetative shoots was assessed in different reproductive stages. Intact plants were exposed to simulated night frosts between -2 and -14 °C in temperature-controlled freezers. Nucleation temperatures, freezing damage and subsequent reproductive success (fruit and seed set, seed germination) were determined. During all reproductive stages, reproductive shoots were significantly less frost resistant than vegetative shoots (mean difference for LT50 -4.2 ± 2.7 K). In most species, reproductive shoots were ice tolerant before bolting and during fruiting (mean LT50 -7 and -5.7 °C), but were ice sensitive during bolting and anthesis (mean LT50 around -4 °C). Only R. glacialis remained ice tolerant during all reproductive stages. Frost injury in reproductive shoots usually led to full fruit loss. Reproductive success of frost-treated but undamaged shoots did not differ significantly from control values. Assessing the frost damage risk on the basis of summer frost frequency and frost resistance shows that, in the alpine zone, low-statured species are rarely endangered as long as they are protected by snow. The situation is different in the subnival and nival zone, where frost-sensitive reproductive shoots may become frost damaged even when covered by snow. Unprotected individuals are at high risk of suffering from frost damage, particularly at higher elevations. It appears that ice tolerance in reproductive structures is an advantage but not an absolute precondition for colonizing high altitudes with frequent frost events. PMID:23386042

  20. The periglacial engine of mountain erosion - Part 1: Rates of frost cracking and frost creep

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    Andersen, J. L.; Egholm, D. L.; Knudsen, M. F.; Jansen, J. D.; Nielsen, S. B.

    2015-10-01

    With accelerating climate cooling in the late Cenozoic, glacial and periglacial erosion became more widespread on the surface of the Earth. The resultant shift in erosion patterns significantly changed the large-scale morphology of many mountain ranges worldwide. Whereas the glacial fingerprint is easily distinguished by its characteristic fjords and U-shaped valleys, the periglacial fingerprint is more subtle but potentially prevails in some mid- to high-latitude landscapes. Previous models have advocated a frost-driven control on debris production at steep headwalls and glacial valley sides. Here we investigate the important role that periglacial processes also play in less steep parts of mountain landscapes. Understanding the influences of frost-driven processes in low-relief areas requires a focus on the consequences of an accreting soil mantle, which characterises such surfaces. We present a new model that quantifies two key physical processes: frost cracking and frost creep, as a function of both temperature and sediment thickness. Our results yield new insights into how climate and sediment transport properties combine to scale the intensity of periglacial processes. The thickness of the soil mantle strongly modulates the relation between climate and the intensity of mechanical weathering and sediment flux. Our results also point to an offset between the conditions that promote frost cracking and those that promote frost creep, indicating that a stable climate can provide optimal conditions for only one of those processes at a time. Finally, quantifying these relations also opens up the possibility of including periglacial processes in large-scale, long-term landscape evolution models, as demonstrated in a companion paper.

  1. The periglacial engine of mountain erosion - Part 1: Rates of frost cracking and frost creep

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    Andersen, J. L.; Egholm, D. L.; Knudsen, M. F.; Jansen, J. D.; Nielsen, S. B.

    2015-04-01

    With accelerating climate cooling in the late Cenozoic, glacial and periglacial erosion became more widespread on the surface of the Earth. The resultant shift in erosion patterns significantly changed the large-scale morphology of many mountain ranges worldwide. Whereas the glacial fingerprint is easily distinguished by its characteristic fjords and U-shaped valleys, the periglacial fingerprint is more subtle but potentially prevailing in some landscape settings. Previous models have advocated a frost-driven control on debris production on steep headwalls and glacial valley sides. Here we investigate the important role that periglacial processes also play in less steep parts of mountain landscapes. Understanding the influences of frost-driven processes in low-relief areas requires a focus on the consequences of an accreting soil-mantle, which characterizes such surfaces. In this paper, we present a new model that quantifies two key physical processes: frost cracking and frost creep, as a function of both temperature and sediment thickness. Our results yield new insights to how climate and sediment transport properties combine to scale the intensity of periglacial processes. The thickness of the soil-mantle strongly modulates the relation between climate and the intensity of mechanical weathering and sediment flux. Our results also point to an offset between the conditions that promote frost cracking and those that promote frost creep, indicating that a stable climate can only provide optimal conditions for one of those processes at a time. Finally, quantifying these relations also opens the possibility of including periglacial processes in large-scale, long-term landscape evolution models, as demonstrated in a companion paper.

  2. Mathematical model of frost heave and thaw settlement in pavements

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    Guymon, Gary L.; Berg, Richard L.; Hromadka, Theodore V.

    1993-04-01

    Since 1975 the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Highway Administration and the Federal Aviation Administration have been working cooperatively to develop a mathematical model to estimate frost heave and thaw weakening under various environmental conditions and for various pavement designs. A model has been developed. It is a one-dimensional representation of vertical heat and moisture flux. It is based on a numerical solution technique termed the nodal domain integration method, and it estimates frost heave and frost penetration reasonably well for a variety of situations. The model is now ready for additional field evaluation and implementation in appropriate cases. The main objectives of this report are: (1) to describe the model, FROST, including modeling uncertainties and errors; (2) to summarize recent comparisons between measured and computed values for frost heave and frost penetration; and (3) to describe parameters necessary for input into the model.

  3. The characteristics of frost growth on parallel plates

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    Han, Heung Do; Ro, Sung Tack

    An experimental investigation was undertaken to characterize the effect of environmental conditions on frost growth on a vertical plate in a parallel flow geometry. Humid air was conditioned to have a dew point below 0C and laminar flow prevailed. The test section was fabricated by using three cooling plates with individual insulators to minimize longitudinal conduction. It is known that frost formation on the heat exchanger surfaces seriously affects the performance of the system. The frost is dominantly formed in the inlet region of a heat exchanger. In order to understand the characteristics of frost growth in the entrance region, several experiments were carried out. The experimental parameters were plate temperature, air humidity, air temperature, air Reynolds number, location, and uncooled inlet length. The frosting conditions were limited to air temperatures from 5 to 15C, air Reynolds numbers from 1600 to 2270, air humidity ratios from 0.00275 to 0.0037 kg w /kg a , and plate temperatures from -10 to -20C. Frost growth toward the front of the plate was thicker and denser than toward the rear. In the low humidity conditions below 0C dew point frost growth increased with decreasing plate temperature and increasing humidity. For laminar flow, the dew point below 0C and non-cyclic frosting period, the frost thickness increased with increasing air temperature. This behavior can be explained by an increase of the transfer rate and a non-cyclic frosting without melting in a sublimation-ablimation process. The average growth thickness at three locations showed little dependence on the Reynolds numbers. However, there were only small differences in the front and rear plates. Frost thickness decreased with increasing uncooled inlet length. This result could be used to suppress frost growth in the plate finned tube heat exchanger.

  4. Transition Components of the Frost Center, a Model Program Background: The Frost Center and Its Students.

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    Mosso, Janet L.

    The Frost Center (Rockville, Maryland) is a private, nonprofit school and therapeutic day program that serves adolescents with emotional, learning, and behavioral disabilities and their families. Approximately two-thirds of each student's day is spent in academic classes, acquiring the skills and behavior necessary for a return to a less

  5. Geophysical Implications of Enceladus' CO2 Frost

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    Matson, D.; Davies, A. G.; Johnson, T. V.; Castillo, J. C.; Lunine, J. I.

    2013-12-01

    CO2 frost has been reported on the surface of Enceladus [1]. We suggest that the frost originated from shallow gas pockets below the surface. These pockets are a natural consequence of the ocean water circulation hypothesis [2]. They are different from the plume chambers [3] and would constitute a previously unrecognized structure in the surface. The oceanic circulation uses gas bubbles to make seawater buoyant and bring up water, chemicals, and heat from a warm ocean at depth [2]. The ocean water rises through the icy crust and near the surface it spreads out laterally beneath a relatively thin ice cap, following the pattern indicated by the thermal anomalies identified in Cassini data [4,5]. Topography on the bottom of this cap ice is conducive to the formation of gas pockets. As the ocean water flows horizontally, the gas bubbles in it continue to rise vertically. Even though their vertical migration may be slow and even if the flow is relatively turbulent, some bubbles reach recesses in the bottom of the ice cap and, over time, pop and form gas pockets. The gas pockets are envisioned as being ruptured by the regular fissuring of ice in the South Polar Region. Hurford et al. [6] have modelled the tidally controlled openings of rifts in the SPR. If one of these rifts reaches a gas pocket, CO2 gas may come to the surface. The tortuosity and other properties of its route will determine if it vents as a seep or a jet. If enough gas is vented and the molecules in the transient cloud have many collisions, some of them will be scattered to the surface and freeze. It was noted by Brown, et al. [1] that the frost deposits may not be permanent and that an active replenishment processes might be necessary. Studies of CO2 frost on Iapetus suggest that migration can be significant [7]. This work was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract to NASA. al., Science 311, 1425-1428, 2006. [2] Matson D. L. et al., Icarus 221, 53-62, 2012. (also see Matson et al. LPS 44 Abstract 1371, 2013). [3] Schmidt J. et al., Nature 451, 685-688, 2008. [4] Spencer J. R. et al., Science 311, 1401-1405, 2006. [5] Howett C. et al., JGR 116, E03003, 2011. [6] Hurford T. A. et al., Nature 447, 292-294, 2007. [7] Palmer E. E. and Brown R. H. Icarus 195, 434-446, 2008.

  6. Fundamentals, accuracy and input parameters of frost heave prediction models

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    Schellekens, Fons Jozef

    In this thesis, the frost heave knowledge of physical geographers and soil physicists, a detailed description of the frost heave process, methods to determine soil parameters, and analysis of the spatial variability of these soil parameters are connected to the expertise of civil engineers and mathematicians in the (computer) modelling of the process. A description is given of observations of frost heave in laboratory experiments and in the field. Frost heave modelling is made accessible by a detailed description of the main principles of frost heave modelling in a language which can be understood by persons who do not have a thorough mathematical background. Two examples of practical one-dimensional frost heave prediction models are described: a model developed by Wang (1994) and a model developed by Nixon (1991). Advantages, limitations and some improvements of these models are described. It is suggested that conventional frost heave prediction using estimated extreme input parameters may be improved by using locally measured input parameters. The importance of accurate input parameters in frost heave prediction models is demonstrated in a case study using the frost heave models developed by Wang and Nixon. Methods to determine the input parameters are discussed, concluding with a suite of methods, some of which are new, to determine the input parameters of frost heave prediction models from very basic grain size parameters. The spatial variability of the required input parameters is analysed using data obtained along the Norman Wells-Zama oil pipeline at Norman Wells, NWT, located in the transition between discontinuous and continuous permafrost regions at the northern end of Canada's northernmost oil pipeline. A method based on spatial variability analysis of the input parameters in frost heave models is suggested to optimize the improvement that arises from adequate sampling, while minimizing the costs of obtaining field data. A series of frost heave predictions is made using a modified version of the model of Wang and the determined series of input data along the Norman Wells pipeline. The spatial variation in computed frost heave, an indicator of differential frost heave resulting from a spatial variation of input parameters, is discussed. The thesis concludes with an analysis of the sources of potential errors in, and an evaluation of the merits of frost heave prediction.

  7. The distribution of water frost on Charon

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    Buie, Marc W.; Shriver, Scott K.

    1994-01-01

    We present high-spatial-resolution imaging observations of the Pluto-Charon system taken with ProtoCAM on the Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). Our dataset consists of measurements from eight nights at widely separated rotational longitudes and covering five wavelengths -- standard J, H, and K, plus two special narrow band filters at 1.5 and 1.75 microns. The relative flux contributions of Pluto and Charon were extracted, when possible, by fitting a two-source Gaussian image model to the observed images. At K, we find the Charon-Pluto magnitude difference to be on average 1.8 mag, somewhat less than the value of 2.2 mag found by Bosh et al. (1992). The average differential magnitude at 1.5 and 1.75 microns is 2.0 and 1.6, respectively. The larger magnitude difference at 1.5 microns is due to a water-frost absorption band on the surface of Charon. Our observations are consistent with a surface of Charon dominated by water frost at all longitudes.

  8. The distribution of water frost on Charon

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    Buie, Marc W.; Shriver, Scott K.

    1994-04-01

    We present high-spatial-resolution imaging observations of the Pluto-Charon system taken with ProtoCAM on the Infrared Telescope Facility (IRTF). Our dataset consists of measurements from eight nights at widely separated rotational longitudes and covering five wavelengths -- standard J, H, and K, plus two special narrow band filters at 1.5 and 1.75 microns. The relative flux contributions of Pluto and Charon were extracted, when possible, by fitting a two-source Gaussian image model to the observed images. At K, we find the Charon-Pluto magnitude difference to be on average 1.8 mag, somewhat less than the value of 2.2 mag found by Bosh et al. (1992). The average differential magnitude at 1.5 and 1.75 microns is 2.0 and 1.6, respectively. The larger magnitude difference at 1.5 microns is due to a water-frost absorption band on the surface of Charon. Our observations are consistent with a surface of Charon dominated by water frost at all longitudes.

  9. Argon frost continuous cryopump for fusion applications

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    Foster, C.A.; McCurdy, H.C.

    1993-12-01

    A cryopumping system based on the snail continuous cryopump concept is being developed for fusion applications under a DOE SBIR grant. The primary pump is a liquid helium cooled compound pump designed to continuously pump and fractionate deuterium/tritium and helium. The D/T pumping stage is a 500 mm bore cryocondensation pump with a nominal pumping speed of 45,000 L/s. It will be continuously regenerated by a snail regeneration by head every 12 minutes. Continuous regeneration will dramatically reduce the vulnerable tritium inventory in a fusion reactor. Operating at an inlet pressure of 1 millitorr, eight of these pumps could pump the projected D/T flow in the ITER CDA design while reducing the inventory of tritium in the pumping system from 630 to 43 grams. The helium fraction will be pumped in a compound argon frost stage. This stage will also operate continuously with a snail regeneration head. In addition the argon spray head will be enclosed inside the snail, thereby removing gaseous argon from the process chamber. Since the cryocondensation stage will intercept over 90% of the D/T/H steam, a purified stream from this stage could be directly reinjected into the plasma as gas or pellets, thereby bypassing the isotope separation system and further simplifying the fuel cycle. Experiments were undertaken in Phase I which demonstrated continuous cryosorption pumping of hydrogen on CO{sub 2} and argon frosts. The pumping system and its relevance to fusion reactor pumping will be discussed.

  10. Comparison of soil frost depth and its duration determined by soil frost tube and soil temperature interpolation

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    St?edov, Hana; Fukalov, Petra; St?eda, Tom

    2012-09-01

    Soil frost and the depth of freezing are important for the plant development and for the building industry as well. The depth of soil frost is estimated directly by soil frost tube and indirectly from diagrams of soil temperature according to the isotherm of 0 C (zero-isotherm). The soil temperature measurement is often used for evaluation of freezing depth, because the frost tubes measurement is rarely performed. Measurement by frost tube is done once a day at 7 a.m. and soil temperature in 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 cm is measured in three observation terms at 7 a.m., 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. Data from agroclimatological station Poh?relice (1971-2000) were used for the evaluation. Three specific real cold periods (1978-1979, 1984-1985 and 1990-1991) and mean frost depth and absolute maximal frost depth for the whole period were evaluated. Course of frost, terms of beginning and the end of frost period and the term of maximum freezing assessed by both methods are almost identical in all real evaluated periods. The results show that the soil frost depth measured by soil frost tube is often higher than that estimated from soil temperature diagrams. It might be caused by graphical processing, as soil temperatures are measured only at five given depths and the depth of zero isotherm is determined by their interpolation. The most significant differences between both methods were observed when evaluating average values for the entire period 1971-2000.

  11. Grammatical Categories in Robert Frost's Blank Verse: A Quantitative Analysis.

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    Lyford, Roland Hazen

    Structural linguistic techniques were utilized to categorize the grammatical elements employed by Robert Frost in 46 blank-verse poems. Nineteen main grammatical categories and 26 verb sub-categories based on distinctive selection criteria were devised to examine the range and distribution of Frost's grammatical patterns. Five control poems by E.

  12. Frost Collection Presented to University of the Incarnate Word

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    Childhood Education, 2004

    2004-01-01

    On April 21, 2004, the Joe L. Frost Children's Play and Play Environments Research Collection was dedicated at the J.E. and L.E. Mabee Library at the University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas. This brief article describes the collection and Frost's plans for the future.

  13. Simulated frost effects on cool-season grass carbohydrate levels

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    Anecdotal observations suggest increased incidences of metabolic problems in horses on pasture after a frost. The speculation is that frost increases the level of nonstructural carbohydrates (NSC) in cool-season grasses, which have been implicated in horse metabolic problems (e.g., laminitis). We co...

  14. A Laboratory Study of the Effect of Frost Flowers on C Band Radar Backscatter from Sea Ice

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    Nghiem, S. V.; Martin, S.; Perovich, D. K.; Kwok, R.; Drucker, R.; Gow, A. J.

    1997-01-01

    C band images of Arctic sea ice taken by the ERS 1 synthetic aperture radar show transitory regions of enhanced radar backscatter from young sea ice. Published field observations associate this increase with frost flower growth and the capture of blowing snow by the flowers. To investigate the first part of this phenomenon, we carried out a laboratory experiment on the response of C band radar backscatter to frost flowers growing on the surface of newly formed saline ice. The experiment took place in a 5 m by 7 m by 1.2 m deep saline water pool located in a two-story indoor refrigerated facility at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Sodium chloride ice was grown in this pool at an air temperature of -28 C. The frost flowers first appeared on the ice surface as dendrites and then changed to needles as the ice sheet grew thicker and the surface temperatures became colder. The frost flowers reached to a height of 10-15 mm, and beneath each cluster of frost flowers a slush layer formed to a thickness of approximately 4 mm. Far-field radar measurements of the backscatter from the ice were made at incident angles from 20 to 40 deg and at approximately 6-hour intervals throughout the 3-day period of the experiment. A backscatter minimum occurred early in the flower growth at the time coincident with an abrupt doubling in the ice surface salinity. Once the full flower coverage was achieved, we removed first the crystal flowers and then the slush layer from the ice surface. The results for these cases show that the crystals have little impact on the backscatter, while the underlying slush patches yield a backscatter increase of 3-5 dB over that of bare ice. The laboratory results suggest that this relative backscatter increase of approximately 5 dB can be used as an index to mark the full area coverage of frost flowers.

  15. Frost formation on an airfoil: A mathematical model 1

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    Dietenberger, M.; Kumar, P.; Luers, J.

    1979-01-01

    A computer model to predict the frost formation process on a flat plate was developed for application to most environmental conditions under which frost occurs. The model was analytically based on a generalized frost thermal conductivity expression, on frost density and thickness rate equations, and on modified heat and mass transfer coefficients designed to fit the available experimental data. The broad experimental ranges reflected by the extremes in ambient humidities, wall temperatures, and convective flow properties in the various publications which were examined served to severely test the flexibility of the model. An efficient numerical integration scheme was developed to solve for the frost surface temperature, density, and thickness under the changing environmental conditions. The comparison of results with experimental data was very encouraging.

  16. Transmission line corona losses under hoar frost conditions

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    Lahti, K.; Nousiainen, K.; Lahtinen, M.

    1997-04-01

    Transmission line corona losses under hoar frost conditions were studied in the climate room of the high voltage laboratory of Tampere University of Technology. The measurements were performed using a coaxial measurement arrangement with different bundle and conductor types. The effects of conductor and bundle type, temperature, applied voltage and hoar frost thickness on corona losses were investigated. A two-conductor bundle had corona losses about 2.5--5 times higher than a three-conductor bundle. Relatively thin hoar frosts were used in the tests. Even the thinnest hoar frost resulted in remarkable corona losses and the losses were very sensitive to changes in the hoar frost thickness. The ambient temperature had a strong influence on the measured losses.

  17. Controlling Condensation and Frost Growth with Chemical Micropatterns

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    Boreyko, Jonathan; Hansen, Ryan; Murphy, Kevin R; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott T; Collier, Pat

    2016-01-01

    Frost growth on chilled hydrophobic surfaces is an inter-droplet phenomenon, where frozen droplets harvest water from supercooled liquid droplets to grow ice bridges that propagate across the surface in a chain reaction. To date, no surface has been able to passively prevent the in-plane growth of frost across the population of supercooled condensate. Here, we demonstrate that when the nucleation sites for supercooled condensate are properly controlled with chemical micropatterns, the speed of frost growth can be slowed and even halted entirely. This stoppage of frost growth is attributed to the large interdroplet separation between condensate upon the onset ofmore »freezing, which was controlled by the pitch of the chemical patterns and by deliberately triggering an early freezing event. These findings reveal that frost growth can be passively suppressed by designing surfaces to spatially control nucleation sites and/or temporally control the onset of freezing events.« less

  18. Specific surface area, density and microstructure of frost flowers

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    Domine, Florent; Taillandier, Anne Sophie; Simpson, William R.; Severin, Ken

    2005-07-01

    Frost flowers often grow on new sea ice. They are thought to have a high specific surface area (SSA) that provides sites for heterogeneous reactions. We have measured the SSA of frost flowers using CH4 adsorption at 77 K and obtained a value of 185 (+80 -50) cm2/g, much lower than inferred by others. Their density is 0.02 g/cm3. We calculate that the total surface area of frost flowers is 1.4 m2 per m2 of ice surface, so that they do not increase the ice surface area significantly. Their role as sites for enhanced heterogeneous reactions should be reconsidered. Frost flowers also commonly grow on fresh water and the saline brine seen on young sea ice is not necessary for their growth. Photo- and electro-micrographs reveal hollow and concave structures, typical of very fast growing crystals. The brine that wicks up frost flowers considerably perturbs their growth.

  19. Controlling Condensation and Frost Growth with Chemical Micropatterns

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    Boreyko, Jonathan; Hansen, Ryan; Murphy, Kevin R; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott T; Collier, Pat

    2016-01-01

    Frost growth on chilled hydrophobic surfaces is an inter-droplet phenomenon, where frozen droplets harvest water from supercooled liquid droplets to grow ice bridges that propagate across the surface in a chain reaction. To date, no surface has been able to passively prevent the in-plane growth of frost across the population of supercooled condensate. Here, we demonstrate that when the nucleation sites for supercooled condensate are properly controlled with chemical micropatterns, the speed of frost growth can be slowed and even halted entirely. This stoppage of frost growth is attributed to the large interdroplet separation between condensate upon the onset of freezing, which was controlled by the pitch of the chemical patterns and by deliberately triggering an early freezing event. These findings reveal that frost growth can be passively suppressed by designing surfaces to spatially control nucleation sites and/or temporally control the onset of freezing events.

  20. Evaluation of Apical Leakage in Root Canals Obturated with Three Different Sealers in Presence or Absence of Smear Layer

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    Mokhtari, Hadi; Shahi, Shahriar; Janani, Maryam; Reyhani, Mohammad Frough; Mokhtari Zonouzi, Hamid Reza; Rahimi, Saeed; Sadr Kheradmand, Hamid Reza

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Microleakage can result in failure of endodontic treatment. An important characteristic of endodontic sealer is sealing ability. The aim of this experimental study was to compare the apical leakage of teeth obturated with gutta-percha and three different sealers (resin- and zinc oxide eugenol-based) with/without smear layer (SL). Materials and Methods: In this study, 100 single-rooted teeth were used after cutting off their crowns. Cleaning and shaping was carried out with step-back technique and the samples were randomly divided into three groups (n=30) which were then divided into two subgroups (n=15) according to the presence/absence of SL. Two negative and positive control groups (n=5) were also prepared. In the various groups, the canals were obturated with gutta-percha and either of the test sealers (AH-26, Adseal or Endofill). The samples were submerged in India ink for 72 h. Then they were longitudinally sectioned and observed under a stereomicroscope at 20 magnification. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistical methods and one-way ANOVA. The significance level was set at 0.05. Results: The mean penetration length of dye in AH-26, Adseal and Endofill samples were 2.53, 2.76 and 3.03 mm, respectively. The differences between three groups were not significant (P>0.05); also, the mean dye penetration in AH-26, Adseal and Endofill samples in presence or absence of the SL was not significantly different. Conclusion: AH-26, Adseal and Endofill were similarly effective in prevention of apical microleakage. Differences in the mean dye penetration between the groups with/without the SL were not statistically significant. PMID:25834599

  1. Mechanism of frost damage to concrete

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    Sun, Zhenhua

    We studied several topics that are important to explain the mechanisms of frost damage to concrete, including the volume change of concrete during freezing, the role of air voids in protecting concrete from frost damage, the pore structure of concrete, and the nucleation and propagation of ice in concrete. By combining calorimetric measurements with dilatometry, we were able to calculate the contributions of thermal expansion, pore pressure, and crystallization pressure of ice to the strain observed in a mortar during freezing/thawing cycles. Air-entrained mortars contract upon freezing due to the cryo-suction effect, while non-air-entrained mortars expand primarily due to hydraulic pressure. Based on the theory originally proposed by Powers and Helmuth, we show that the poromechanical calculations account quantitatively for the contraction of samples with air entrainment, which is shown to quantitatively account for a reduction of salt scaling damage based on the glue-spall theory. The method of thermoporometry (TPM) that we used to study the pore structure of concrete is also discussed. In a study of ice propagation inside concrete, we re-examined experiments by Helmuth [Proc. 4th Int. Cong. Chem. Cement, NBS Monog. 43, Vol. II (National Bureau of Standards, Washington, D.C., 1962) pp. 855--869] from which he concluded that ice grows in the pores of cement paste under heat-flow control, and that the internal temperature rises to the melting point given by the Gibbs-Thomson equation. Using experimental and computational methods, we find that his conclusions are correct, but the growth rates he reports are misleading. Our experiment reveals the true growth rate, which is about three times smaller than found by Helmuth. The dendritic morphology explains how fast constant growth rates can occur when the interior temperature of the sample is very near the melting point: the temperature at the tip of the dendrite is a few degrees below the melting point, but the liquid behind the tip (between adjacent dendrites) is at the melting point. The implications of this type of growth for frost damage are discussed.

  2. On turbulence modulation due to the presence of sediment in the bottom boundary layer - a numerical investigation

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    Hsu, T.; Yu, X.; Ozdemir, C. E.; Balachandar, S.

    2013-05-01

    One of the most intriguing issues in fine sediment transport, including turbidity currents, tidal-driven transport and wave-driven transport, is that the presence of sediments may lead to attenuation of flow turbulence. Depending on the level of turbulence suppression, it may lead to the formation of lutocline (a sharp negative sediment concentration) and an enhanced gravity flow; or it may cause catastrophic collapse of turbulence and sediment deposition. Through laboratory observations and numerical simulations, prior studies have established that these transitions can be caused by various degree of sediment-induced stable density stratification. However, when sediment concentration becomes larger, inter-particle (or inter-floc) interactions may lead to enhanced viscosity through rheological stress and its role on turbulence modulation is unclear. Through turbulence-resolving simulations, this study further investigates turbulence suppression due to enhanced effective viscosity via two simple Newtonian rheological closures in a steady channel flow and in an oscillatory bottom boundary layer. Assuming a small Stokes number, the Equilibrium approximation to the Eulerian two-phase flow equations is adopted. The resulting simplified equations are solved with a high-accuracy hybrid spectral-compact finite difference scheme in an idealized channel. The numerical approach extends an earlier pseudo-spectral model for direct numerical simulation (DNS) of turbulent flows with a sixth-order compact finite difference scheme in the wall-normal direction on Chebyshev grid points. The compact finite difference scheme allows easy implementation of concentration-dependent viscosity. Simulation results reveal that when rheological stress is incorporated, the enhanced effective viscosity can further attenuate flow turbulence in addition to the well-known sediment-induced stable density stratification. Through the enhanced viscosity, velocity gradient very near the bed is significantly reduced, which leads to much weaker turbulent production and the onset of laminarization. This mechanism is different from the sediment-induced density stratification that typically damps turbulence in the middle of the boundary layer where the lutocline is located. Our preliminary finding shows that rheology encourages laminarization may explain why large attenuation of surface waves over muddy seabed is ubiquitous and the highest dissipation rate is often observed during the waning stage of a storm.

  3. Application of Satellite SAR Imagery in Mapping the Active Layer of Arctic Permafrost

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    Zhang, Ting-Jun; Li, Shu-Sun

    2003-01-01

    The objective of this project is to map the spatial variation of the active layer over the arctic permafrost in terms of two parameters: (i) timing and duration of thaw period and (ii) differential frost heave and thaw settlement of the active layer. To achieve this goal, remote sensing, numerical modeling, and related field measurements are required. Tasks for the University of Colorado team are to: (i) determine the timing of snow disappearance in spring through changes in surface albedo (ii) simulate the freezing and thawing processes of the active layer and (iii) simulate the impact of snow cover on permafrost presence.

  4. One: Microphysics of frost metamorphism: Applications to Triton and Mars. Two: A global analysis of the ozone deficit in the upper stratosphere and lower mesosphere. Three: The diabatic circulation in the stratosphere as diagnosed from Microwave Limb Sounder data

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    Eluszkiewicz, J.B.

    1993-01-01

    The present thesis is devoted to two broad subjects, planetary frost metamorphism and the terrestrial middle atmosphere, and consists of three papers. Paper 1 considers frost metamorphism on the surfaces of Triton and Mars. Based on an analysis of the microphysical processes involved in the pressureless sintering, it is concluded that fine-grained nitrogen and carbon dioxide frosts can undergo seasonal metamorphism into semitransparent layers on the surface of Triton and in the Martian seasonal polar caps, respectively. The presence of such layers explains a host of facts about Triton's surface and about the Martian seasonal caps. Paper 2 is devoted to elucidating a long-standing issue in the terrestrial middle atmosphere chemistry, the so-called 'ozone deficit problem.' Based on an analysis of data acquired by the Limb Infrared Monitor of the Stratosphere (LIMS) instrument between October 1978 and May 1979, it is concluded that current photochemical models systematically underestimate observed ozone abundances in the upper stratosphere and lower mesosphere. Three modifications to the accepted photochemical scheme, capable of providing a global solution to this problem, are proposed and discussed. Paper 3 differs from the other two in that it reports on results from an ongoing research effort. It considers the diabatic circulation in the stratosphere and lower mesosphere, using ozone and temperature measurements acquired by the Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) instrument onboard the Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite (UARS). The present study extends past analyses of the diabatic circulation by considering a full annual cycle, November 1991-November 1992, and by taking advantage of the high vertical resolution of MLS data. In the tropical upper stratosphere and lower mesosphere, a semiannual oscillation (SAO) is observed in the computed circulation, with the region of downwelling reaching maximum spatial extent approximately 1 month before the equinox.

  5. Presence of a glycine-cysteine-rich beta-protein in the oberhautchen layer of snake epidermis marks the formation of the shedding layer.

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    Alibardi, Lorenzo

    2014-11-01

    The complex differentiation of snake epidermis largely depends on the variation in the production of glycine-cysteine-rich versus glycine-rich beta-proteins (beta-keratins) that are deposited on a framework of alpha-keratins. The knowledge of the amino acid sequences of beta-proteins in the snake Pantherophis guttatus has allowed the localization of a glycine-cysteine-rich beta-protein in the spinulated oberhautchen layer of the differentiating shedding complex before molting takes place. This protein decreases in the beta-layer and disappears in mesos and alpha-layers. Conversely, while the mRNA for a glycine-rich beta-protein is highly expressed in differentiating beta-cells, the immunolocalization for this protein is low in these cells. This discrepancy between expression and localization suggests that the epitope in glycine-rich beta-proteins is cleaved or modified by posttranslational processes that take place during the differentiation and maturation of the beta-layer. The present study suggests that among the numerous beta-proteins coded in the snake genome to produce epidermal layers with different textures, the glycine-cysteine-rich beta-protein marks the shedding complex formed between alpha- and beta-layers that allows for molting while its disappearance between the beta- and alpha-layers (mesos region for scale growth) is connected to the formation of the alpha-layers. PMID:24817366

  6. Study of Potential Sub-Micrometer-Thick Frost Events and Soil Water Content at Gale Crater

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    Martinez, G.; Fischer, E.; Renno, N. O.; De La Torre Juarez, M.; Meslin, P. Y.; Kemppinen, O.; Genzer, M.; Harri, A. M.; Ramos, M.; Borlina, C.; Schröder, S.; Gómez-Elvira, J.

    2014-12-01

    We analyze the highest confidence measurements of relative humidity [1] and ground temperature [2] to identify potential frost events at the surface of Gale Crater during the first 600 sols of the MSL mission. We find that between 4 and 6 am on sols 533, 535, 555, 557, 559 and 560 the ground temperature falls below the calculated frost point. Order-of-magnitude estimate for the thickness of the frost layer indicates that it is of the order of micrometers or less. Additionally, we analyze the relation between water vapor pressure and ground temperature to provide additional constraints on potential frost events and to quantify the exchange of adsorbed water between the surface and the atmosphere. Adsorbed water could be forced into liquid-like state at the of Gale because van der Waals forces between water ice molecules and mineral surfaces reduces the freezing point [3]. This form of liquid water is relevant to habitability because microorganisms could survive in liquid-like adsorbed water [4].References: [1] Harri, Ari-Matti et al., Mars Science Laboratory Relative Humidity Observations - Initial Results (2014), JGR (in press). [2] Martínez, G. M. et al., Surface Energy Budget and Thermal Inertia at Gale Crater: Calculations from Ground-Based Measurements (2014), JGR (in press). [3] Möhlmann, D., The influence of van der Waals forces on the state of water in the shallow subsurface of Mars (2008), Icarus 195 (1), 131-139. [4] Rivkina, E. M. et al., Metabolic activity of permafrost bacteria below the freezing point (2000), Appl. Environ. Microbiol., 66(8), 3230-3233.

  7. Uremic frost: a harbinger of impending renal failure.

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    Saardi, Karl M; Schwartz, Robert A

    2016-01-01

    Uremic frost is a striking cutaneous finding seen in patients with severe kidney disease. Familiarity with this condition can be a life-saving signal to initiate urgent dialysis. Uremic frost generally occurs at blood urea nitrogen levels of approximately 200 mg/dl, although it may arise with less severe uremia. Recently confirmed urea transporters in the skin may play a role in the development of uremic frost. Alternatively, damage to the cutaneous microvasculature and pilosebaceous units, as seen in chronic kidney disease, could account for the high levels of urea deposited outside the skin. The treatment of uremic frost is largely aimed at correcting the underlying cause of uremia and the other life-threatening conditions associated with renal failure. PMID:26475684

  8. Spring frost vulnerability of sweet cherries under controlled conditions.

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    Matzneller, Philipp; Gtz, Klaus-P; Chmielewski, Frank-M

    2016-01-01

    Spring frost is a significant production hazard in nearly all temperate fruit-growing regions. Sweet cherries are among the first fruit varieties starting their development in spring and therefore highly susceptible to late frost. Temperatures at which injuries are likely to occur are widely published, but their origin and determination methods are not well documented. In this study, a standardized method was used to investigate critical frost temperatures for the sweet cherry cultivar 'Summit' under controlled conditions. Twigs were sampled at four development stages ("side green," "green tip," "open cluster," "full bloom") and subjected to three frost temperatures (-2.5, -5.0, -10.0C). The main advantage of this method, compared to other approaches, was that the exposition period and the time interval required to reach the target temperature were always constant (2h). Furthermore, then, the twigs were placed in a climate chamber until full bloom, before the examination of the flowers and not further developed buds started. For the first two sampling stages (side green, green tip), the number of buds found in open cluster, "first white," and full bloom at the evaluation date decreased with the strength of the frost treatment. The flower organs showed different levels of cold hardiness and became more vulnerable in more advanced development stages. In this paper, we developed four empirical functions which allow calculating possible frost damages on sweet cherry buds or flowers at the investigated development stages. These equations can help farmers to estimate possible frost damages on cherry buds due to frost events. However, it is necessary to validate the critical temperatures obtained in laboratory with some field observations. PMID:26022603

  9. Spring frost vulnerability of sweet cherries under controlled conditions

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    Matzneller, Philipp; Götz, Klaus-P.; Chmielewski, Frank-M.

    2016-01-01

    Spring frost is a significant production hazard in nearly all temperate fruit-growing regions. Sweet cherries are among the first fruit varieties starting their development in spring and therefore highly susceptible to late frost. Temperatures at which injuries are likely to occur are widely published, but their origin and determination methods are not well documented. In this study, a standardized method was used to investigate critical frost temperatures for the sweet cherry cultivar `Summit' under controlled conditions. Twigs were sampled at four development stages ("side green," "green tip," "open cluster," "full bloom") and subjected to three frost temperatures (-2.5, -5.0, -10.0 °C). The main advantage of this method, compared to other approaches, was that the exposition period and the time interval required to reach the target temperature were always constant (2 h). Furthermore, then, the twigs were placed in a climate chamber until full bloom, before the examination of the flowers and not further developed buds started. For the first two sampling stages (side green, green tip), the number of buds found in open cluster, "first white," and full bloom at the evaluation date decreased with the strength of the frost treatment. The flower organs showed different levels of cold hardiness and became more vulnerable in more advanced development stages. In this paper, we developed four empirical functions which allow calculating possible frost damages on sweet cherry buds or flowers at the investigated development stages. These equations can help farmers to estimate possible frost damages on cherry buds due to frost events. However, it is necessary to validate the critical temperatures obtained in laboratory with some field observations.

  10. Spring frost vulnerability of sweet cherries under controlled conditions

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    Matzneller, Philipp; Gtz, Klaus-P.; Chmielewski, Frank-M.

    2015-05-01

    Spring frost is a significant production hazard in nearly all temperate fruit-growing regions. Sweet cherries are among the first fruit varieties starting their development in spring and therefore highly susceptible to late frost. Temperatures at which injuries are likely to occur are widely published, but their origin and determination methods are not well documented. In this study, a standardized method was used to investigate critical frost temperatures for the sweet cherry cultivar `Summit' under controlled conditions. Twigs were sampled at four development stages ("side green," "green tip," "open cluster," "full bloom") and subjected to three frost temperatures (-2.5, -5.0, -10.0 C). The main advantage of this method, compared to other approaches, was that the exposition period and the time interval required to reach the target temperature were always constant (2 h). Furthermore, then, the twigs were placed in a climate chamber until full bloom, before the examination of the flowers and not further developed buds started. For the first two sampling stages (side green, green tip), the number of buds found in open cluster, "first white," and full bloom at the evaluation date decreased with the strength of the frost treatment. The flower organs showed different levels of cold hardiness and became more vulnerable in more advanced development stages. In this paper, we developed four empirical functions which allow calculating possible frost damages on sweet cherry buds or flowers at the investigated development stages. These equations can help farmers to estimate possible frost damages on cherry buds due to frost events. However, it is necessary to validate the critical temperatures obtained in laboratory with some field observations.

  11. Delayed Frost Growth on Jumping-Drop Superhydrophobic Surfaces

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    Boreyko, Jonathan B; Collier, Pat

    2013-01-01

    Self-propelled jumping drops are continuously removed from a condensing superhydrophobic surface to enable a micrometric steady-state drop size. Here, we report that subcooled condensate on a chilled superhydrophobic surface are able to repeatedly jump off the surface before heterogeneous ice nucleation occurs. Frost still forms on the superhydrophobic surface due to ice nucleation at neighboring edge defects, which eventually spreads over the entire surface via an inter-drop frost wave. The growth of this inter-drop frost front is shown to be up to three times slower on the superhydrophobic surface compared to a control hydrophobic surface, due to the jumping-drop effect dynamically minimizing the average drop size and surface coverage of the condensate. A simple scaling model is developed to relate the success and speed of inter-drop ice bridging to the drop size distribution. While other reports of condensation frosting on superhydrophobic surfaces have focused exclusively on liquid-solid ice nucleation for isolated drops, these findings reveal that the growth of frost is an inter-drop phenomenon that is strongly coupled to the wettability and drop size distribution of the surface. A jumping-drop superhydrophobic condenser was found to be superior to a conventional dropwise condenser in two respects: preventing heterogeneous ice nucleation by continuously removing subcooled condensate, and delaying frost growth by minimizing the success of interdrop ice bridge formation.

  12. Control of boundary layer transition location and plate vibration in the presence of an external acoustic field

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    Maestrello, L.; Grosveld, F. W.

    1991-01-01

    The experiment is aimed at controlling the boundary layer transition location and the plate vibration when excited by a flow and an upstream sound source. Sound has been found to affect the flow at the leading edge and the response of a flexible plate in a boundary layer. Because the sound induces early transition, the panel vibration is acoustically coupled to the turbulent boundary layer by the upstream radiation. Localized surface heating at the leading edge delays the transition location downstream of the flexible plate. The response of the plate excited by a turbulent boundary layer (without sound) shows that the plate is forced to vibrate at different frequencies and with different amplitudes as the flow velocity changes indicating that the plate is driven by the convective waves of the boundary layer. The acoustic disturbances induced by the upstream sound dominate the response of the plate when the boundary layer is either turbulent or laminar. Active vibration control was used to reduce the sound induced displacement amplitude of the plate.

  13. Coagulation of particles in Saturn's rings - Measurements of the cohesive force of water frost

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    Hatzes, A. P.; Bridges, F.; Lin, D. N. C.; Sachtjen, S.

    1991-01-01

    Experimental data are presented on the sticking force of water ice particles which are indicative of the role that the cohesive properties of such particles could play in the dynamics of Saturn ring particles. Sticking forces are dependent on particle impact velocities; a 'Velcro' model is devised to describe the surface structure involved in sticking. The data indicate that below the critical impact velocity of about 0.03 cm/sec, particle cohesion always occurs. Due to the optical depth of micron-sized grains in the Saturn rings, particles are hypothesized to be coated with a layer of frost which will render cohesion an important ring-dynamics process.

  14. Coagulation of particles in Saturn's rings - Measurements of the cohesive force of water frost

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    Hatzes, A.P.; Bridges, F.; Lin, D.N.C.; Sachtjen, S. McDonald Observatory, Austin, TX )

    1991-01-01

    Experimental data are presented on the sticking force of water ice particles which are indicative of the role that the cohesive properties of such particles could play in the dynamics of Saturn ring particles. Sticking forces are dependent on particle impact velocities; a Velcro model is devised to describe the surface structure involved in sticking. The data indicate that below the critical impact velocity of about 0.03 cm/sec, particle cohesion always occurs. Due to the optical depth of micron-sized grains in the Saturn rings, particles are hypothesized to be coated with a layer of frost which will render cohesion an important ring-dynamics process. 14 refs.

  15. Low-temperature formation of the FePt phase in the presence of an intermediate Au layer in Pt /Au /Fe thin films

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    Vladymyrskyi, I. A.; Gafarov, A. E.; Burmak, A. P.; Sidorenko, S. I.; Katona, G. L.; Safanova, N. Y.; Ganss, F.; Beddies, G.; Albrecht, M.; Makogon, Yu N.; Beke, D. L.

    2016-01-01

    Pt /Fe and Pt /Au /Fe layered films were deposited at room temperature by dc magnetron sputtering on Al2O3(0 0 0 1) single crystalline substrates and heat treated in vacuum at 330 °C with different durations (up to 62 h). It is shown by secondary neutral mass spectrometry depth profiling and x-ray diffraction that the introduction of an additional Au layer between Pt /Fe layers leads to enhanced intermixing and formation of the partially chemically ordered L10 FePt phase. The underlying diffusion processes can be explained by the grain boundary diffusion induced reaction layer formation mechanism. During the solid state reaction between Pt and Fe, the Au layer moves towards the substrate interface replacing the Fe layer. This was explained by the much faster diffusion of Fe, as compared to Pt, along the grain boundaries in Au. Enhancement of the process and formation of the ordered FePt phase in the presence of the Au intermediate layer were interpreted by the effect of stress accumulation during the grain boundary reactions: the disordered FePt phase formed initially at different Au and Pt grain boundaries can experience appropriate compressive stress along the {1 0 0} directions, which can initiate the formation of the chemically ordered L10 FePt phase.

  16. Transient convective structures in a cooled water layer in the presence of a drift flow and a surfactant

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    Reutov, V. P.; Rybushkina, G. V.

    2016-02-01

    The paper is concerned with three-dimensional convective structures arising in a water layer cooled from above and covered by an adsorbed insoluble surfactant. The water is subjected to a laminar drift flow produced by tangential stresses on a free surface. The surface diffusion of the surfactant are taken into account within the approximation of a nondeformable flat surface. After appropriate reformulation of standard equations governing gravity-capillary convection and surfactant concentration, the problem is solved numerically using a pseudospectral method employed in our previous work. Development of the convective structures with increasing Reynolds number, surfactant film elasticity, and layer thickness is studied. The minimal layer thickness is chosen taking into account the results of relevant laboratory experiments. The cell-to-roll transition is revealed in the thin layer with increasing Reynolds number. The role of dissipation due to the surfactant film is elucidated by comparison with purely gravitational convection. The turbulent convection arising in a thicker layer subjected to a laminar shear flow is examined. Disordered streets containing elongated cells and swirl-like motions are revealed. Images of the surface temperature and the perturbed surfactant concentration are compared.

  17. (abstract) A Polarimetric Model for Effects of Brine Infiltrated Snow Cover and Frost Flowers on Sea Ice Backscatter

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    Nghiem, S. V.; Kwok, R.; Yueh, S. H.

    1995-01-01

    A polarimetric scattering model is developed to study effects of snow cover and frost flowers with brine infiltration on thin sea ice. Leads containing thin sea ice in the Artic icepack are important to heat exchange with the atmosphere and salt flux into the upper ocean. Surface characteristics of thin sea ice in leads are dominated by the formation of frost flowers with high salinity. In many cases, the thin sea ice layer is covered by snow, which wicks up brine from sea ice due to capillary force. Snow and frost flowers have a significant impact on polarimetric signatures of thin ice, which needs to be studied for accessing the retrieval of geophysical parameters such as ice thickness. Frost flowers or snow layer is modeled with a heterogeneous mixture consisting of randomly oriented ellipsoids and brine infiltration in an air background. Ice crystals are characterized with three different axial lengths to depict the nonspherical shape. Under the covering multispecies medium, the columinar sea-ice layer is an inhomogeneous anisotropic medium composed of ellipsoidal brine inclusions preferentially oriented in the vertical direction in an ice background. The underlying medium is homogeneous sea water. This configuration is described with layered inhomogeneous media containing multiple species of scatterers. The species are allowed to have different size, shape, and permittivity. The strong permittivity fluctuation theory is extended to account for the multispecies in the derivation of effective permittivities with distributions of scatterer orientations characterized by Eulerian rotation angles. Polarimetric backscattering coefficients are obtained consistently with the same physical description used in the effective permittivity calculation. The mulitspecies model allows the inclusion of high-permittivity species to study effects of brine infiltrated snow cover and frost flowers on thin ice. The results suggest that the frost cover with a rough interface significantly increases the backscatter from thin saline ice and the polarimetric signature becomes closer to the isotropic characteristics. The snow cover also modifies polarimetric signatures of thin sea ice depending on the snow mixture and the interface condition.

  18. On the Effective Thermal Conductivity of Frost Considering Mass Diffusion and Eddy Convection

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    Kandula, Max

    2010-01-01

    A physical model for the effective thermal conductivity of water frost is proposed for application to the full range of frost density. The proposed model builds on the Zehner-Schlunder one-dimensional formulation for porous media appropriate for solid-to-fluid thermal conductivity ratios less than about 1000. By superposing the effects of mass diffusion and eddy convection on stagnant conduction in the fluid, the total effective thermal conductivity of frost is shown to be satisfactorily described. It is shown that the effects of vapor diffusion and eddy convection on the frost conductivity are of the same order. The results also point out that idealization of the frost structure by cylindrical inclusions offers a better representation of the effective conductivity of frost as compared to spherical inclusions. Satisfactory agreement between the theory and the measurements for the effective thermal conductivity of frost is demonstrated for a wide range of frost density and frost temperature.

  19. Study of Mist Occuring near a Cold Surface with Frost Formation

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    Imai, Toshihiro; Ishihara, Isao; Umekawa, Hisashi; Matsumoto, Ryosuke

    In case of the high humidity, mist particles occur near the cooling surface located in the moist air, so that the vapor concentration decreases and the temperature increase due to phase change of vapor i.e. condensation. Therefore the mist generation affects on both heat and mass transfer. In this present study, the diameter and velocity of the mist particles were measured simultaneously by using PDPA. The mist layer thickness was also optically measured. In addition, a set of boundary layer equations -continuity, momentum, energy and diffusion equation- was solved with satisfaction of the saturated condition, and were obtained analytically temperature and vapor concentration profile. As a result, the mist layer thickness is represented as a function of the Grashof number. And, the velocity of mist particle obtained experimentally agrees wel1 with the analytical velocity of natural convection without the mist formation. The mist particles with a large diameter exist near the frost surface, and the small mist particles distributes apart from the frost surface.

  20. Push-out bond strength of gutta-percha with a new bioceramic sealer in the presence or absence of smear layer.

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    Shokouhinejad, Noushin; Gorjestani, Hedayat; Nasseh, Allen Ali; Hoseini, Atefeh; Mohammadi, Maryam; Shamshiri, Ahmad Reza

    2013-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare the bond strength of a new bioceramic sealer (EndoSequence BC Sealer) and AH Plus in the presence or absence of smear layer. Extracted single-rooted human teeth were prepared and randomly divided into four groups. In groups 1 and 3, the root canals were finally irrigated with 5.25% NaOCl and smear layer was not removed, but in groups 2 and 4, the root canals were finally irrigated with 17% EDTA followed by 5.25% NaOCl in order to remove the smear layer. In groups 1 and 2, the root canals were obturated with gutta-percha/AH Plus, but in groups 3 and 4, obturation was performed with gutta-percha/EndoSequence BC Sealer. Push-out bond strength and failure modes were evaluated. The bond strength of gutta-percha/AH Plus and gutta-percha/EndoSequence BC Sealer was not significantly different (P?=?0.89). The presence or absence of smear layer did not significantly affect the bond strength of filling materials (P?=?0.69). The mode of bond failure was mainly cohesive for all groups. In conclusion, the bond strength of the new bioceramic sealer was equal to that of AH Plus with or without the smear layer. PMID:24279654

  1. Forecast of Frost Days Based on Monthly Temperatures

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    Castellanos, M. T.; Tarquis, A. M.; Morató, M. C.; Saa-Requejo, A.

    2009-04-01

    Although frost can cause considerable crop damage and mitigation practices against forecasted frost exist, frost forecasting technologies have not changed for many years. The paper reports a new method to forecast the monthly number of frost days (FD) for several meteorological stations at Community of Madrid (Spain) based on successive application of two models. The first one is a stochastic model, autoregressive integrated moving average (ARIMA), that forecasts monthly minimum absolute temperature (tmin) and monthly average of minimum temperature (tminav) following Box-Jenkins methodology. The second model relates these monthly temperatures to minimum daily temperature distribution during one month. Three ARIMA models were identified for the time series analyzed with a stational period correspondent to one year. They present the same stational behavior (moving average differenced model) and different non-stational part: autoregressive model (Model 1), moving average differenced model (Model 2) and autoregressive and moving average model (Model 3). At the same time, the results point out that minimum daily temperature (tdmin), for the meteorological stations studied, followed a normal distribution each month with a very similar standard deviation through years. This standard deviation obtained for each station and each month could be used as a risk index for cold months. The application of Model 1 to predict minimum monthly temperatures showed the best FD forecast. This procedure provides a tool for crop managers and crop insurance companies to asses the risk of frost frequency and intensity, so that they can take steps to mitigate against frost damage and estimated the damage that frost would cost. This research was supported by Comunidad de Madrid Research Project 076/92. The cooperation of the Spanish National Meteorological Institute and the Spanish Ministerio de Agricultura, Pesca y Alimentation (MAPA) is gratefully acknowledged.

  2. Generation and development of small-amplitude disturbances in a laminar boundary layer in the presence of an acoustic field

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    Kachanov, Y. S.; Kozlov, V. V.; Levchenko, V. Y.

    1985-01-01

    A low-turbulence subsonic wind tunnel was used to study the influence of acoustic disturbances on the development of small sinusoidal oscillations (Tollmien-Schlichting waves) which constitute the initial phase of turbulent transition. It is found that acoustic waves propagating opposite to the flow generate vibrations of the model (plate) in the flow. Neither the plate vibrations nor the acoustic field itself have any appreciable influence on the stability of the laminar boundary layer. The influence of an acoustic field on laminar boundary layer disturbances is limited to the generation of Tollmien-Schlichting waves at the leading-edge of the plate.

  3. Free flight determination of boundary layer transition on small scale cones in the presence of surface ablation

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    Wilkins, M. E.; Chapman, G. T.

    1972-01-01

    To assess the possibility of achieving extensive laminar flow on conical vehicles during hyperbolic entry, the Ames Research Center has had an ongoing program to study boundary-layer transition on ablating cones. Boundary layer transition results are presented from ballistic range experiments with models that ablated at dimensionless mass transfer rates comparable to those expected for full scale flight at speeds up to 17 km/sec. It was found possible to measure the surface recession and hence more accurately identify regions of laminar, transitional, and turbulent flow along generators of the recovered cones. Some preliminary results using this technique are presented.

  4. The New KRISS Low Frost-Point Humidity Generator

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    Choi, B. I.; Nham, H. S.; Woo, S. B.; Kim, J. C.; Kwon, S. Y.

    2008-10-01

    A new low frost-point humidity generator (LFPG) has been designed, and its performance has been tested, in order to extend the calibration capabilities to the low frost-point range at KRISS. The water vapor gas mixture is generated by saturating air with water vapor over a surface of an ice-coated saturator under the conditions of constant temperature and pressure. This LFPG covers a range of frost point from - 99 C to - 40 C. The temperature of the saturator, which is controlled by thermoelectric devices and a two-stage mechanical refrigeration system, is stable within 5 mK, and the difference between the saturator temperature and the frost point generated at the saturator outlet is less than 20 mK. This stability is achieved by using oxygen-free high-conductivity copper materials as the saturator body, and applying a precision PID temperature control system. The performance of this new LFPG system is compared with the KRISS standard two-temperature generator in the frost-point range ( - 80 to - 40) C, and its performance is tested with a quartz crystal microbalance (QCM), which was built at KRISS, to - 91 C.

  5. Study of a frost-less heat pump

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    Domitrovic, R.E.; Chen, F.C.; Mei, V.C.; Murphy, R.W.; Kilpatrick, J.K.; Richardson, J.O.

    1999-07-01

    Heat pumps, used as primary residential space conditioning systems in many temperate climates, have inherent requirements for defrosting of the outdoor evaporator coil during the winter heating season when frost forms. This paper describes a new concept and the results of the new technology that minimizes evaporator coil frosting to ambient temperatures as low as 33 F, and that reduces or eliminates the need for reverse cycle defrosting at many conditions. By strategically adding controlled heat to the liquid stored in the accumulator, the evaporator temperature is increased. Depending on the amount of heat added, an evaporator temperature increase of 7 F can be realized. This increased coil temperature acts to decrease frosting in the ambient temperature range that has high frosting propensity, 33 F to 41 F. Proof-of-concept experiments were performed in both a baseline configuration and with the new frost-less technology on an of-the-shelf two-ton residential heat pump. Results are shown for outdoor air temperatures from 33 F to 41 F with relative humidity kept at 80%.

  6. The role of phenology in assessing risks of frost damage

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    Menzel, Annette; Estrella, Nicole

    2013-04-01

    Climate warming in temperate regions has been shown to lengthen the summer growing season, both at the spring and autumn side, and shorten the winter season. Spring phenology, e.g. bud burst and leafing, is mainly triggered by forcing temperatures in order to maximize growing season during favorable conditions. Winter chilling and / or photoperiodic requirements prevent too early plant development related to a higher risk of damage by late spring frosts. The questions how risks of late spring frosts have been altered in the past and will change under future warming are discussed controversially in the current literature. In this paper we will take this classical example of vegetation - atmosphere interaction to demonstrate that traits of the species studied, the (partially) neglected status of the vegetation and regional climatic conditions may account for these differences reported. We suggest a methodology based on extreme value theory (EVT) to assess the frost risks and present results for continental Europe.

  7. Frost-weathering on Mars - Experimental evidence for peroxide formation

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    Huguenin, R. L.; Miller, K. J.; Harwood, W. S.

    1979-01-01

    The weathering of silicates by frost is investigated in relation to the formation of surface peroxides to which Viking biology experiment results have been attributed. Samples of the minerals olivine and pyroxene were exposed to water vapor at -11 to -22 C and resultant gas evolution and pH were monitored. Experiments reveal the formation of an acidic oxidant upon interaction of the mineral and H2O frost at subfreezing temperatures, which chemical indicators have suggested to be chemisorbed hydrogen peroxide. A model for the formation of chemisorbed peroxide based on the chemical reduction of the mineral by surface frost is proposed, and it is predicted that the perioxide would decay at high temperatures to H2O and adsorbed O, consistent with the long-term storage and sterilization behavior of the soil oxidants observed in the Viking Gas Exchange and Labeled Release experiments.

  8. FROST - FREEDOM OPERATIONS SIMULATION TEST VERSION 1.0

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    Deshpande, G. K.

    1994-01-01

    The Space Station Freedom Information System processes and transmits data between the space station and the station controllers and payload operators on the ground. Components of the system include flight hardware, communications satellites, software and ground facilities. FROST simulates operation of the SSF Information System, tracking every data packet from generation to destination for both uplinks and downlinks. This program collects various statistics concerning the SSF Information System operation and provides reports of these at user-specified intervals. Additionally, FROST has graphical display capability to enhance interpretation of these statistics. FROST models each of the components of the SSF Information System as an object, to which packets are generated, received, processed, transmitted, and/or dumped. The user must provide the information system design with specified parameters and inter-connections among objects. To aid this process, FROST supplies an example SSF Information System for simulation, but this example must be copied before it is changed and used for further simulation. Once specified, system architecture and parameters are put into the input file, named the Test Configuration Definition (TCD) file. Alternative system designs can then be simulated simply by editing the TCD file. Within this file the user can define new objects, alter object parameters, redefine paths, redefine generation rates and windows, and redefine object interconnections. At present, FROST does not model every feature of the SSF Information System, but it is capable of simulating many of the system's important functions. To generate data messages, which can come from any object, FROST defines "windows" to specify when, what kind, and how much of that data is generated. All messages are classified by priority as either (1)emergency (2)quick look (3)telemetry or (4)payload data. These messages are processed by all objects according to priority. That is, all priority 1 (emergency) messages are processed and transmitted before priority 2 messages, and so forth. FROST also allows for specification of "pipeline" or "direct" links. Pipeline links are used to broadcast at constant intervals, while direct links transmit messages only when packets are ready for transmission. FROST allows the user substantial flexibility to customize output for a simulation. Output consists of tables and graphs, as specified in the TCD file, to be generated at the specified interval. These tables may be generated at short intervals during the run to produce snapshots as simulation proceeds, or generated after the run to give a summary of the entire run. FROST is written in SIMSCRIPT II.5 (developed by CACI) for DEC VAX series computers running VMS. FROST was developed on a VAX 8700 and is intended to be run on large VAXes with at least 32Mb of memory. The main memory requirement for FROST is dependent on the number of processors used in the simulation and the event time. The standard distribution medium for this package is a 9-track 1600 BPI DEC VAX BACKUP Format Magnetic Tape. An executable is included on the tape in addition to the source code. FROST was developed in 1990 and is a copyrighted work with all copyright vested in NASA. DEC, VAX and VMS are registered trademarks of Digital Equipment Corporation. IBM PC is a trademark of International Business Machines. SIMSCRIPT II.5 is a trademark of CACI.

  9. Frost sensor for use in defrost controls for refrigeration

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    French, Patrick D. (ADA Technologies, Inc. 8100 Shaffer Pkwy., Suite 130, Littleton, CO 80127-4107); Butz, James R. (ADA Technologies, Inc. 8100 Shaffer Pkwy., Suite 130, Littleton, CO 80127-4107); Veatch, Bradley D. (ADA Technologies, Inc. 8100 Shaffer Pkwy., Suite 130, Littleton, CO 80127-4107); O'Connor, Michael W. (ADA Technologies, Inc. 8100 Shaffer Pkwy., Suite 130, Littleton, CO 80127-4107)

    2002-01-01

    An apparatus and method for measuring the total thermal resistance to heat flow from the air to the evaporative cooler fins of a refrigeration system. The apparatus is a frost sensor that measures the reduction in heat flow due to the added thermal resistance of ice (reduced conduction) as well as the reduction in heat flow due to the blockage of airflow (reduced convection) from excessive ice formation. The sensor triggers a defrost cycle when needed, instead of on a timed interval. The invention is also a method for control of frost in a system that transfers heat from air to a refrigerant along a thermal path. The method involves measuring the thermal conductivity of the thermal path from the air to the refrigerant, recognizing a reduction in thermal conductivity due to the thermal insulation effect of the frost and due to the loss of airflow from excessive ice formation; and controlling the defrosting of the system.

  10. Zwitter-wettability and antifogging coatings with frost-resisting capabilities.

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    Lee, Hyomin; Alcaraz, Maria L; Rubner, Michael F; Cohen, Robert E

    2013-03-26

    Antifogging coatings with hydrophilic or even superhydrophilic wetting behavior have received significant attention due to their ability to reduce light scattering by film-like condensation. However, under aggressive fogging conditions, these surfaces may exhibit frost formation or excess and nonuniform water condensation, which results in poor optical performance of the coating. In this paper, we show that a zwitter-wettable surface, a surface that has the ability to rapidly absorb molecular water from the environment while simultaneously appearing hydrophobic when probed with water droplets, can be prepared by using hydrogen-bonding-assisted layer-by-layer (LbL) assembly of poly(vinyl alcohol) (PVA) and poly(acrylic acid) (PAA). An additional step of functionalizing the nano-blended PVA/PAA multilayer with poly(ethylene glycol methyl ether) (PEG) segments produced a significantly enhanced antifog and frost-resistant behavior. The addition of the PEG segments was needed to further increase the nonfreezing water capacity of the multilayer film. The desirable high-optical quality of these thin films arises from the nanoscale control of the macromolecular complexation process that is afforded by the LbL processing scheme. An experimental protocol that not only allows for the exploration of a variety of aggressive antifogging challenges but also enables quantitative analysis of the antifogging performance via real-time monitoring of transmission levels as well as image distortion is also described. PMID:23360374

  11. Influencing of covers (peat, snow mosses) on the frost heave by the example of Yamburg (the North of West Siberia)

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    Ablyazina, D.; Yampolskiy, G.

    2009-04-01

    The frost heave is the one of the widespread and intensively influencing on the objects process. It's also one of the reasons of forming the cryogenic relief. Analytics methods and frost heave map composition, which connected with landscape, cryolithology and geology conditions - the most effective decision of this problem. Now a lot of considerable trends were found out in The Bolshezemelskaya tundra, Yamal and Tazovskiy peninsulas, and they have shown the increase of temperature on 0.02 - 0.06 C per one year and about 0,7C per one year in East Siberia. We have studied frost heave in different areas, and calculation of the general frost heave deformation has shown that in West Siberia it's about 40 cm, in East Siberia up to 2m. The Yamburg gas field characterized as the syngenetic type of continuous permafrost area with the sincryogenetic sandshale deposits which are found almost on the all geomorphological levels. This factors are determinates the widespread occurrence of cryolithology factors, especially frost heaving. The frost heave on the Yamburg in the singenetic permafrost happens because of deep seasonal thawing to 1,5m. We have had a set of experiments to determine influencing of peat cover on frost heave. In the laboratory we were modeling conditions of "closed system" with fragmentary freezing. The results have shown that the most influencing cover - peat, while the moss has no affects on the frost heave. The results could be comparing with calculating data which were received for this region, for example in the cold years the peat cover influencing will be lower than in warmer and in the future we could expected the enormous increasing of deformation. Sand deposits which are presents here in itself are not apply to heaving soils, but in case of widespread development of peat and with high dispersion of deposits they are also heaving every season. The maximum ice content was registered in peat or on the contact mineral ground - peat. For the appraisal of experimental data also were done calculations of seasonal frozen layer thickness, in the system sandy clay-clay 2,1m, on the boggy area with peat - 0, 95 m, and with the high thickness of peat on the sandy clay-sand 1m, corresponding to it the frost heaving value will be change, which is confirmed by experiment. These experiments have shown that peat is the most affecting cover on the frost heave and also peat is the most widespread cover in this region. In transition of landscapes including the human intervention most of the natural territorial complexes in tundra interchange to the peats with various thicknesses, therefore it's necessary to pay special attention for interaction peat cover and soils systems and to peat cover influencing for development of cryogenic process.

  12. Far-infrared spectra of CO2 clathrate hydrate frosts

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    Landry, J. C.; England, A. W.

    1993-01-01

    As a product of our interest in remote sensing of planetary ices, frost samples of CO2 clathrate hydrate were grown by depositing water vapor on a cooled surface and pressurizing the resulting water frost with CO2 gas. At pressures above the dissociation pressure of the clathrate, the samples exhibit an absorption peak at 75 cm (sup -1). At pressures below the dissociation pressure, the peak disappears. Since the free CO2 molecule does not have rotational or vibrational absorption in this region, the absorption is attributed to a CO2 rattling mode within a clathrate cage.

  13. Correlation of Water Frost Porosity in Laminar Flow over Flat Surfaces

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    Kandula, Max

    2011-01-01

    A dimensionless correlation has been proposed for water frost porosity expressing its dependence on frost surface temperature and Reynolds number for laminar forced flow over a flat surface. The correlation is presented in terms of a dimensionless frost surface temperature scaled with the cold plate temperature, and the freezing temperature. The flow Reynolds number is scaled with reference to the critical Reynolds number for laminar-turbulent transition. The proposed correlation agrees satisfactorily with the simultaneous measurements of frost density and frost surface temperature covering a range of plate temperature, ambient air velocity, humidity, and temperature. It is revealed that the frost porosity depends primarily on the frost surface and the plate temperatures and the flow Reynolds number, and is only weakly dependent on the relative humidity. The results also point out the general character of frost porosity displaying a decrease with an increase in flow Reynolds number.

  14. A Laboratory Study of the Effect of Frost Flowers on C Band Radar Backscatter from Sea Ice

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    Nghiem, S. V.; Martin, S.; Perovich, D. K.; Kwok, R.; Drucker, R.; Gow, A. J.

    1997-01-01

    C band images of Arctic sea ice taken by the ERS 1 synthetic aperture radar show transitory regions of enhanced radar backscatter from young sea ice. Published field observations associate this increase with frost flower growth and the capture of blowing snow by the flowers. To investigate the first part of this phenomenon, we carried out a laboratory experiment on the response of C band radar backscatter to frost flowers growing on the surface of newly formed saline ice. The experiment took place in a 5 m by 7 m by 1.2 m deep saline water pool located in a two-story indoor refrigerated facility at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory. Sodium chloride ice was grown in this pool at an air temperature of -28 C. The frost flowers first appeared on the ice surface as dendrites and then changed to needles as the ice sheet grew thicker and the surface temperatures became colder. The frost flowers reached to a height of 10-15 mm, and beneath each cluster of frost flowers a slush layer formed to a thickness of approximately 4 mm. Far-field radar measurements of the backscatter from the ice were made at incident angles from 20 C to 40 C and at approximately 6-hour intervals throughout the 3-day period of the experiment. A backscatter minimum occurred early in the flower growth at the time coincident with an abrupt doubling in the ice surface salinity. Once the full flower coverage was achieved, we removed first the crystal flowers and then the slush layer from the ice surface. The results for these cases show that the crystals have little impact on the backscatter, while the underlying slush patches yield a backscatter increase of 3-5 dB over that o f bare ice. The laboratory results suggest that this relative backscatter increase of approximately 5 dB can be used as an index to mark the full areal coverage of frost flowers.

  15. Laminar boundary layer flow of a nanofluid along a wedge in the presence of suction/injection

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    Kasmani, R. Md.; Muhaimin, I.; Kandasamy, R.

    2013-05-01

    The behavior of an incompressible laminar boundary layer flow over a wedge in a nanofluid with suction or injection has been investigated. The model used for the nanofluid integrates the effects of the Brownian motion and thermophoresis parameters. The governing partial differential equations of this problem, subjected to their boundary conditions, are solved by the Runge-Kutta-Gill technique with the shooting method for finding the skin friction and the rate of heat and mass transfer. The result are presented in the form of velocity, temperature, and volume fraction profiles for different values of the suction/injection parameter, Brownian motion parameter, thermophoresis parameter, pressure gradient parameter, Prandtl number, and Lewis number. The conclusion is drawn that these parameters significantly affect the temperature and volume fraction profiles, but their influence on the velocity profile is comparatively smaller.

  16. Measurement of frost characteristics on heat exchanger fins. Part 2: Data and analysis

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    Chen, H.; Thomas, L.; Besant, R.W.

    1999-07-01

    Part 1 of this paper described the frost growth test facility and instrumentation. In Part 2, results are presented for typical operating conditions with frost growth on heat exchanger fins. Typical data are presented for frost height distributions on fins, increase in pressure loss for airflow through a finned test section, frost mass accumulation on fins, and heat rate. Special attention is given to the uncertainty in each of these measurements and calculations.

  17. Enhanced winter soil frost reduces methane emission during the subsequent growing season in a boreal peatland.

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    Zhao, Junbin; Peichl, Matthias; Nilsson, Mats B

    2016-02-01

    Winter climate change may result in reduced snow cover and could, consequently, alter the soil frost regime and biogeochemical processes underlying the exchange of methane (CH4 ) in boreal peatlands. In this study, we investigated the short-term (1-3 years) vs. long-term (11 years) effects of intensified winter soil frost (induced by experimental snow exclusion) on CH4 exchange during the following growing season in a boreal peatland. In the first 3 years (2004-2006), lower CH4 emissions in the treatment plots relative to the control coincided with delayed soil temperature increase in the treatment plots at the beginning of the growing season (May). After 11 treatment years (in 2014), CH4 emissions were lower in the treatment plots relative to the control over the entire growing season, resulting in a reduction in total growing season CH4 emission by 27%. From May to July 2014, reduced sedge leaf area coincided with lower CH4 emissions in the treatment plots compared to the control. From July to August, lower dissolved organic carbon concentrations in the pore water of the treatment plots explained 72% of the differences in CH4 emission between control and treatment. In addition, greater Sphagnum moss growth in the treatment plots resulted in a larger distance between the moss surface and the water table (i.e., increasing the oxic layer) which may have enhanced the CH4 oxidation potential in the treatment plots relative to the control in 2014. The differences in vegetation might also explain the lower temperature sensitivity of CH4 emission observed in the treatment plots relative to the control. Overall, this study suggests that greater soil frost, associated with future winter climate change, might substantially reduce the growing season CH4 emission in boreal peatlands through altering vegetation dynamics and subsequently causing vegetation-mediated effects on CH4 exchange. PMID:26452333

  18. Seasonally active frost-dust avalanches on a north polar scarp of Mars captured by HiRISE

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    Russell, P.; Thomas, N.; Byrne, S.; Herkenhoff, K.; Fishbaugh, K.; Bridges, N.; Okubo, C.; Milazzo, M.; Daubar, I.; Hansen, C.; McEwen, A.

    2008-01-01

    North-polar temporal monitoring by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) orbiting Mars has discovered new, dramatic examples that Mars1 CO2-dominated seasonal volatile cycle is not limited to quiet deposition and sublimation of frost. In early northern martian spring, 2008, HiRISE captured several cases of CO2 frost and dust cascading down a steep, polar scarp in discrete clouds. Analysis of morphology and process reveals these events to be similar to terrestrial powder avalanches, sluffs, and falls of loose, dry snow. Potential material sources and initiating mechanisms are discussed in the context of the Martian polar spring environment and of additional, active, aeolian processes observed on the plateau above the scarp. The scarp events are identified as a trigger for mass wasting of bright, fractured layers within the basal unit, and may indirectly influence the retreat rate of steep polar scarps in competing ways. Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.

  19. Long term spatial and temporal trends in frost day indices in Kansas, USA

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    Frost day indices such as number of frost days (nFDs), frost free days (nFFDs), last spring freeze (LSF), first fall freeze (FFF), and growing-season length (GSL), were calculated using daily minimum air temperature (Tmin) values from 23 centennial weather stations spread across Kansas during four t...

  20. Lessons in the Conversation That We Are: Robert Frost's "Death of the Hired Man."

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    Jost, Walter

    1996-01-01

    Looks at Robert Frost's "The Death of the Hired Man" as a "representative anecdote" for Frost's work, which, taken as a whole, shows readers how to lose themselves among the overlooked places and turnings, the topics and tropes, that make up Frost's rhetorical home, the place of everyday human talk and gossip. (TB)

  1. Two methods for assessing frost tolerance in flowers of highbush blueberry cultivars

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    Sensitivity of blueberry flowers to freezing temperatures differs among cultivars and stages of bud development. Also, the frost testing technique and the duration at lethal temperature can have a dramatic effect on bud injury. Artificial frost tests should duplicate the types of spring frosts in ...

  2. Developmental presence and disappearance of postsynaptically silent synapses on dendritic spines of rat layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons

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    Busetto, Giuseppe; Higley, Michael J; Sabatini, Bernardo L

    2008-01-01

    Silent synapses are synapses whose activation evokes NMDA-type glutamate receptor (NMDAR) but not AMPA-type glutamate receptor (AMPAR) mediated currents. Silent synapses are prominent early in postnatal development and are thought to play a role in the activity- and sensory-dependent refinement of neuronal circuits. The mechanisms that account for their silent nature have been controversial, and both presynaptic and postsynaptic mechanisms have been proposed. Here, we use two-photon laser uncaging of glutamate to directly activate glutamate receptors and measure AMPAR- and NMDAR-dependent currents on individual dendritic spines of rat somatosensory cortical layer 2/3 pyramidal neurons. We find that dendritic spines lacking functional surface AMPARs are commonly found before postnatal day 12 (P12) but are absent in older animals. Furthermore, AMPAR-lacking spines are contacted by release-competent presynaptic terminals. After P12, the AMPAR/NMDAR current ratio at individual spines continues to increase, consistent with continued addition of AMPARs to postsynaptic terminals. Our results confirm the existence of postsynaptically silent synapses and demonstrate that the morphology of the spine is not strongly predictive of its AMPAR content. PMID:18202095

  3. Genetic architecture of winter hardiness and frost tolerance in triticale.

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    Liu, Wenxin; Maurer, Hans Peter; Li, Guoliang; Tucker, Matthew R; Gowda, Manje; Weissmann, Elmar A; Hahn, Volker; Wrschum, Tobias

    2014-01-01

    Abiotic stress experienced by autumn-sown crops during winter is of great economic importance as it can have a severe negative impact on yield. In this study, we investigated the genetic architecture of winter hardiness and frost tolerance in triticale. To this end, we used a large mapping population of 647 DH lines phenotyped for both traits in combination with genome-wide marker data. Employing multiple-line cross QTL mapping, we identified nine main effect QTL for winter hardiness and frost tolerance of which six were overlapping between both traits. Three major QTL were identified on chromosomes 5A, 1B and 5R. In addition, an epistasis scan revealed the contribution of epistasis to the genetic architecture of winter hardiness and frost tolerance in triticale. Taken together, our results show that winter hardiness and frost tolerance are complex traits that can be improved by phenotypic selection, but also that genomic approaches hold potential for a knowledge-based improvement of these important traits in elite triticale germplasm. PMID:24927281

  4. BREEDING FOR IMPROVED FROST-SEEDED RED CLOVER SEEDLING ESTABLISHMENT

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    In the colder parts of the United States, in late winter after disappearance of snow cover, red clover (Trifolium pratense L.) is often broadcast seeded into forage legume-depleted grass pastures to increase pasture forage quality. This method of establishment is referred to as frost seeding. Fros...

  5. FROST-INDUCED CHANGES IN SPECTRAL CHARACTERISTICS OF GRAIN SORGHUM.

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    Visible and near-infrared spectral properties of grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) were observed using wideband and hyperspectral radiometers in Arizona. Field measurements that were taken before and after the later-planted, 1998 crop was damaged by frost, displayed temporal dynamics that were correl...

  6. Heritability of frost-seeded red clover establishment

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    In the colder parts of the United States, in late winter after disappearance of snow cover, red clover (Trifolium pratense) is often broadcast seeded into forage legume-depleted grass pastures to increase pasture forage quality. This method of establishment is referred to as frost seeding. However...

  7. Genetic Architecture of Winter Hardiness and Frost Tolerance in Triticale

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    Liu, Wenxin; Maurer, Hans Peter; Li, Guoliang; Tucker, Matthew R.; Gowda, Manje; Weissmann, Elmar A.; Hahn, Volker; Würschum, Tobias

    2014-01-01

    Abiotic stress experienced by autumn-sown crops during winter is of great economic importance as it can have a severe negative impact on yield. In this study, we investigated the genetic architecture of winter hardiness and frost tolerance in triticale. To this end, we used a large mapping population of 647 DH lines phenotyped for both traits in combination with genome-wide marker data. Employing multiple-line cross QTL mapping, we identified nine main effect QTL for winter hardiness and frost tolerance of which six were overlapping between both traits. Three major QTL were identified on chromosomes 5A, 1B and 5R. In addition, an epistasis scan revealed the contribution of epistasis to the genetic architecture of winter hardiness and frost tolerance in triticale. Taken together, our results show that winter hardiness and frost tolerance are complex traits that can be improved by phenotypic selection, but also that genomic approaches hold potential for a knowledge-based improvement of these important traits in elite triticale germplasm. PMID:24927281

  8. Inhibition of Condensation Frosting by Arrays of Hygroscopic Antifreeze Drops.

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    Sun, Xiaoda; Damle, Viraj G; Uppal, Aastha; Linder, Rubin; Chandrashekar, Sriram; Mohan, Ajay R; Rykaczewski, Konrad

    2015-12-29

    The formation of frost and ice can have negative impacts on travel and a variety of industrial processes and is typically addressed by dispensing antifreeze substances such as salts and glycols. Despite the popularity of this anti-icing approach, some of the intricate underlying physical mechanisms are just being unraveled. For example, recent studies have shown that in addition to suppressing ice formation within its own volume, an individual salt saturated water microdroplet forms a region of inhibited condensation and condensation frosting (RIC) in its surrounding area. This occurs because salt saturated water, like most antifreeze substances, is hygroscopic and has water vapor pressure at its surface lower than water saturation pressure at the substrate. Here, we demonstrate that for macroscopic drops of propylene glycol and salt saturated water, the absolute RIC size can remain essentially unchanged for several hours. Utilizing this observation, we demonstrate that frost formation can be completely inhibited in-between microscopic and macroscopic arrays of propylene glycol and salt saturated water drops with spacing (S) smaller than twice the radius of the RIC (δ). Furthermore, by characterizing condensation frosting dynamics around various hygroscopic drop arrays, we demonstrate that they can delay complete frosting over of the samples 1.6 to 10 times longer than films of the liquids with equivalent volume. The significant delay in onset of ice nucleation achieved by dispensing propylene glycol in drops rather than in films is likely due to uniform dilution of the drops driven by thermocapillary flow. This transport mode is absent in the films, leading to faster dilution, and with that facilitated homogeneous nucleation, near the liquid-air interface. PMID:26651017

  9. Identification and frequency of atmospheric circulation patterns causing spring frost in the northern French vineyards using the objective version of the Hess-Brezowsky classification

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    Qunol, H.; Planchon, O.; Wahl, L.

    2009-04-01

    The possible impacts of climate change at small spatial scales are still very little known. The knowledge of the climate risks at small scales is yet essential for agricultural activities and productions like vine growing, because of their serious economic impacts. Because of their relatively high latitude, the vineyards of the northern Half of France are subjected to spring frost, which can cause serious damages e.g. in the Champagne area on April the 8th, 2003. A detailed study of the variability and frequency of spring frost events in four vineyards (Loire Valley, Champagne, Burgundy and Alsace) was carried out within the framework of the RICLIM-CNRS 2663 multidisciplinary Research Group "Climate Risks" and was supported by the research program TERVICLIM (ANR-JC07-194103) and by the MAIF Foundation (program about air-mass circulation dynamics and climate risks). The northern Half of France is included in the Cfb type of climate (according to the Kppen's classification) of northwestern and central Europe. However, the combined effects of the latitude, the continentality and the topography involve varied regional climates. Among the four studied wine-producing areas, the Loire Valley area is the warmest, the Champagne area is the coolest in summer, and eastern Burgundy and especially Alsace are the most subjected to the continentality effect (highest annual temperature oscillation and highest rainfall amounts in summer). Therefore, these areas are not equally subjected to the frost risk. Spring is a key season for the vine growing and during frost-producing weather patterns, northern France is subjected to a high spatial variability of temperature at regional and local scales. During the period 1960-2007, the number of spring frost day events was three times as high in Colmar (Alsace) than in Saumur (Loire Valley). Among the four wine-producing areas, Alsace records the most hard and frequent frosts in early spring, while the Champagne area records the latest frosts (until June). In the Loire Valley area, frost is rare as early as April. The combined effects of the continentality and the topographical features of the Upper Rhine Graben explain the hard frosts in early spring at Colmar, but also higher temperature at Colmar than at Reims from April. The Champagne area is the most exposed to frost-producing North-Westerly and Northerly atmospheric circulations in late spring (e.g. on May the 5th, 1996: minimum temperature of -1C at Reims / Champagne and +3.8C at Colmar). The identification and frequency of atmospheric circulation patterns causing spring frost (daily minimum temperature below 0C) and hard frost (daily minimum temperature below -5C) were carried out using the objective computational version of the 29-type Hess and Brezowsky Grosswetterlagen system of classifying European synoptic regimes (James, 2007). Minimum temperature data were got from the Meteo-France database (Climathque), for the spring months (March, April and May) and for the period 1960-2007, at the weather stations of Saumur (Loire Valley), Reims (Champagne), Dijon (Burgundy) and Colmar (Alsace). More than 40% of the frost days occurring at all weather stations were associated with North-Westerly and Northerly circulation types, 27% with North-Easterly and Easterly circulation types and 16% with a main high or low pressure area over central Europe. More precisely, the cyclonic circulations involving a northerly flow over western Europe (15.6%) and Anticyclonic North-Easterly circulations (9,3%) are the most frequent circulations types associated with frost days. These circulation types bring air-masses favourable to radiation cooling, under clear sky and light wind, or cold air-masses from northern or eastern Europe causing advection cooling. The stations of eastern France can be subjected to frost events even during Westerly or Southerly circulations, while frost occurrence in the Saumur area requires a higher ratio of North-Easterly and Easterly circulations (10% at Colmar ; 37% at Saumur). Because of the location of Saumur in western France and relatively close to the Atlantic Ocean (about 140 km), frost-producing weather patterns are especially associated with atmospheric circulations and air-masses which cause widespread frost conditions in the whole northern Half of France (NE & E circulation types). The combined effects of the continentality and the topographical features of the Upper Rhine Graben (Alsace: Colmar) and Sane Graben (eastern Burgundy: Dijon) explain the high ratios of frost days associated with Westerly and Southerly circulations at the weather stations of Dijon and Colmar (respectively 57% and 40%). The shallow and low-level layer of cold air, which develop in the eastern France grabens during frost-producing weather patterns, can persist a few days after a change in circulation type. The relatively warm air associated with a cyclonic Southerly or Westerly circulation flows over the low-layer cold air. Therefore, frost can occur during several days with cyclonic Southerly or Westerly circulation types. The areas of Reims and Saumur are more directly exposed to the Southerly and Westerly circulations, therefore these two weather stations are quickly subjected to a milder weather. The results about hard frost days occurring at least at one of the four reference weather stations show that 74% of these days are associated with Northerly and Easterly circulations, i.e. mostly anticyclonic weather patterns with cold air advections from northern or eastern Europe. The low frequency of Westerly and Southerly circulations (11%) confirms that these circulation types have not a cooling effect. Depending on the weather station, the ratio of hard frost days associated with Northern and Eastern circulation types is between 70 and 85%, while the ratio of hard frost days associated with Westerly and Southerly circulations is less than 10%. Hard frost days associated with Westerly and Southerly circulations are not observed at the weather station of Saumur, because of its geographical position and the lie of the lower Loire Basin area. Saumur is the first of the four reference station to be affected by the warm air-masses associated with the Westerly or Southerly circulations. Therefore, the low-layer cold air is immediately swept away.

  10. Partial oxidation of liquid hydrocarbons in the presence of oxygen-conducting supports: Effect of catalyst layer deposition

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    Smith, M.; Berry, D.; Shekhawt, D.; Haynes, D.; Spivey, J.

    2010-01-01

    Ni-substituted barium hexaaluminate (BNHA) catalysts supported onto gadolinium-doped ceria (GDC), an oxygen-conductor, were prepared using two different methods: (1) conventional incipient wetness impregnation (IWI), in which a non-porous GDC support was impregnated in the conventional manner with aqueous precursors, then dried and calcined to form a supported hexaaluminate, and (2) solid-state mixing (SSM), in which solid hexaaluminate and GDC particles were mechanically ground together and thermally treated to produce a final catalyst. These catalysts were compared to bulk, unsupported BNHA; 3 wt% Ni/alumina; and 3 wt% Ni/GDC (the latter two prepared by conventional impregnation) for the partial oxidation (POX) of n-tetradecane. The reaction studies included examining the effect of 50 ppm S as dibenzothiophene (DBT) and 5 wt% 1-methylnaphthalene (MN) on the product yield under POX conditions. Temperature programmed oxidation (TPO) was used to characterize carbon formation in the reactor. The materials were characterized by BET, ICP-OES, XRD, and SEM/EDS prior to the reaction tests. Characterization of the two GDC-supported BNHA catalysts prior to the reaction studies indicated no significant differences in the bulk composition, surface area, and crystal structure. However, SEM images showed a larger amount of exposed GDC support surface area for the material prepared by IWI. Both of the GDC-supported BNHA materials demonstrated greatly reduced deactivation, with significantly reduced carbon formation compared to bulk BNHA. This was attributed to the oxygen-conducting property of the GDC, which reduced the rate of deactivation of the reaction sites by DBT and MN. The material prepared by IWI demonstrated more stable hydrogen and carbon monoxide yield than the material prepared by SSM. Although both catalysts deactivated in the presence of DBT and MN, the activity of the catalyst prepared by IWI recovered activity more quickly after the contaminants were removed. This material also maintained >50% of its initial hydrogen yield for more than 4 h after exposure to DBT and MN, while the hydrogen for the material prepared by SSM dropped to this same level within 2 h. Incipient wetness impregnation appears to provide a higher degree of interaction between the oxygenconducting GDC support and the hexaaluminate, resulting in less rapid deactivation, which appears to be due primarily to carbon deposition.

  11. Water frost and ice - The near-infrared spectral reflectance 0.65-2.5 microns. [observed on natural satellites and other solar system objects

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    Clark, R. N.

    1981-01-01

    The spectral reflectance of water frost and frost on ice as a function of temperature and grain size is presented with 1-1/2% spectral resolution in the 0.65- to 2.5-micron wavelength region. The well-known 2.0-, 1.65-, and 1.5-micron solid water absorption bands are precisely defined along with the little studied 1.25-micron band and the previously unidentified (in reflectance) 1.04-, 0.90-, and 0.81-micron absorption bands. The 1.5-microns band complex is quantitatively analyzed using a nonlinear least squares algorithm to resolve the band into four Gaussian components as a function of grain size and temperature. It is found that the 1.65-micron component, which was thought to be a good temperature sensor, is highly grain-size dependent and poorly suited to temperature sensing. Another Gaussian component appears to show a dependence of width on grain size while being independent of temperature. The relative apparent band depths are different for frost layers on ice than for thick layers of frost and may explain the apparent band depths seen in many planetary reflectance spectra.

  12. Frost heave susceptibility of saturated soil under constant rate of freezing

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    Ryokai, K.; Iguro, M.; Yoneyama, K.

    1982-01-01

    Introduced are the results of experiments carried out to quantitatively obtain the frost heave pressure and displacement of soil subjected to artificial freezing or freezing around in-ground liquefied natural gas storage tanks. This experiment is conducted to evaluate the frost heave susceptibility of saturated soil under overconsolidation. In other words, this experiment was carried out to obtain the relation of the over-burden pressure and freezing rate to the frost heave ratio by observing the frost heave displacement and freezing time of specimens by freezing the specimens at a constant freezing rate under a constant overburden pressure, while letting water freely flow in and out of the system. Introduced are the procedures for frost heave test required to quantitatively obtain the frost heave displacement and pressure of soil. Furthermore, the relation between the frost heave susceptibility and physical properties of soil obtained by this test is reported.

  13. Frosty North Polar Layers

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    2003-01-01

    MGS MOC Release No. MOC2-349, 3 May 2003

    This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image is a springtime view of frost-covered layers revealed by an eroded scarp in the martian north polar cap. The layers are thought to consist of a mixture of dust, ice, and possibly sand. Some layers are known to be a source for dark sand that occurs in nearby dunes. During the summer, this surface would be considerably darker because most of the bright frost sublimes away during the spring season. The picture covers an area about 3 km (1.9 mi) wide near 85.2oN, 4.4oW. Sunlight illuminates the scene from the lower left.

  14. Frost trends and their estimated impact on yield in the Australian wheatbelt.

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    Zheng, Bangyou; Chapman, Scott C; Christopher, Jack T; Frederiks, Troy M; Chenu, Karine

    2015-06-01

    Radiant spring frosts occurring during reproductive developmental stages can result in catastrophic yield loss for wheat producers. To better understand the spatial and temporal variability of frost, the occurrence and impact of frost events on rain-fed wheat production was estimated across the Australian wheatbelt for 1957-2013 using a 0.05 gridded weather data set. Simulated yield outcomes at 60 key locations were compared with those for virtual genotypes with different levels of frost tolerance. Over the last six decades, more frost events, later last frost day, and a significant increase in frost impact on yield were found in certain regions of the Australian wheatbelt, in particular in the South-East and West. Increasing trends in frost-related yield losses were simulated in regions where no significant trend of frost occurrence was observed, due to higher mean temperatures accelerating crop development and causing sensitive post-heading stages to occur earlier, during the frost risk period. Simulations indicated that with frost-tolerant lines the mean national yield could be improved by up to 20% through (i) reduced frost damage (~10% improvement) and (ii) the ability to use earlier sowing dates (adding a further 10% improvement). In the simulations, genotypes with an improved frost tolerance to temperatures 1 C lower than the current 0 C reference provided substantial benefit in most cropping regions, while greater tolerance (to 3 C lower temperatures) brought further benefits in the East. The results indicate that breeding for improved reproductive frost tolerance should remain a priority for the Australian wheat industry, despite warming climates. PMID:25922479

  15. Frost trends and their estimated impact on yield in the Australian wheatbelt

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    Zheng, Bangyou; Chapman, Scott C.; Christopher, Jack T.; Frederiks, Troy M.; Chenu, Karine

    2015-01-01

    Radiant spring frosts occurring during reproductive developmental stages can result in catastrophic yield loss for wheat producers. To better understand the spatial and temporal variability of frost, the occurrence and impact of frost events on rain-fed wheat production was estimated across the Australian wheatbelt for 1957–2013 using a 0.05 ° gridded weather data set. Simulated yield outcomes at 60 key locations were compared with those for virtual genotypes with different levels of frost tolerance. Over the last six decades, more frost events, later last frost day, and a significant increase in frost impact on yield were found in certain regions of the Australian wheatbelt, in particular in the South-East and West. Increasing trends in frost-related yield losses were simulated in regions where no significant trend of frost occurrence was observed, due to higher mean temperatures accelerating crop development and causing sensitive post-heading stages to occur earlier, during the frost risk period. Simulations indicated that with frost-tolerant lines the mean national yield could be improved by up to 20% through (i) reduced frost damage (~10% improvement) and (ii) the ability to use earlier sowing dates (adding a further 10% improvement). In the simulations, genotypes with an improved frost tolerance to temperatures 1 °C lower than the current 0 °C reference provided substantial benefit in most cropping regions, while greater tolerance (to 3 °C lower temperatures) brought further benefits in the East. The results indicate that breeding for improved reproductive frost tolerance should remain a priority for the Australian wheat industry, despite warming climates. PMID:25922479

  16. 3D stability analysis of Rayleigh-Bénard convection of a liquid metal layer in the presence of a magnetic field—effect of wall electrical conductivity

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    Dimopoulos, Dimitrios; Pelekasis, Nikos A.

    2014-10-01

    Rayleigh-Bénard stability of a liquid metal layer of rectangular cross section is examined in the presence of a strong magnetic field that is aligned with the horizontal direction of the cross section. The latter is much longer than the vertical direction and the cross section assumes a large aspect ratio. The side walls are treated as highly conducting. Linear stability analysis is performed allowing for three-dimensional instabilities that develop along the longitudinal direction. The finite element methodology is employed for the discretization of the stability analysis formulation while accounting for the electrical conductivity of the cavity walls. The Arnoldi method provides the dominant eigenvalues and eigenvectors of the problem. In order to facilitate parallel implementation of the numerical solution at large Hartmann numbers, Ha, domain decomposition is employed along the horizontal direction of the cross section. As the Hartmann number increases a real eigenvalue emerges as the dominant unstable eigenmode, signifying the onset of thermal convection, whose major vorticity component in the core of the layer is aligned with the direction of the magnetic field. Its wavelength along the longitudinal direction of the layer is on the order of twice its height and increases as Ha increases. The critical Grashof was obtained for large Ha and it was seen to scale like Ha 2 signifying the balance between buoyancy and Lorentz forces. For well conducting side walls, the nature of the emerging flow pattern is determined by the combined conductivity of Hartmann walls and Hartmann layers, cH + Ha -1. When poor conducting Hartmann walls are considered, cH ≪ 1, the critical eigensolution is characterized by well defined Hartmann and side layers. The side layers are characterized by fast fluid motion in the magnetic field direction as a result of the electromagnetic pumping in the vicinity of the Hartmann walls. Increasing the electrical conductivity of the Hartmann walls was seen to delay the onset of thermal convection, while retaining the above scaling at criticality. Furthermore, for both conducting and insulating Hartmann walls and the entire range of Ha numbers that was examined, there was no tendency for a well defined quasi two-dimensional structure to develop owing to the convective motion in the core. A connection is made between the above findings and previous experimental investigations indicating the onset of standing waves followed by travelling waves as Gr is further increased beyond its critical value.

  17. Controlling condensation and frost growth with chemical micropatterns

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    Boreyko, Jonathan B.; Hansen, Ryan R.; Murphy, Kevin R.; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott T.; Collier, C. Patrick

    2016-01-01

    In-plane frost growth on chilled hydrophobic surfaces is an inter-droplet phenomenon, where frozen droplets harvest water from neighboring supercooled liquid droplets to grow ice bridges that propagate across the surface in a chain reaction. To date, no surface has been able to passively prevent the in-plane growth of ice bridges across the population of supercooled condensate. Here, we demonstrate that when the separation between adjacent nucleation sites for supercooled condensate is properly controlled with chemical micropatterns prior to freezing, inter-droplet ice bridging can be slowed and even halted entirely. Since the edge-to-edge separation between adjacent supercooled droplets decreases with growth time, deliberately triggering an early freezing event to minimize the size of nascent condensation was also necessary. These findings reveal that inter-droplet frost growth can be passively suppressed by designing surfaces to spatially control nucleation sites and by temporally controlling the onset of freezing events.

  18. H2O frost point detection on Mars

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    Ryan, J. A.; Sharman, R. D.

    1981-01-01

    The Viking Mars landers contain meteorological instrumentation to measure wind, temperature, and pressure but not atmospheric water content. The landings occurred during local summer, and it was observed that the nocturnal temperature decrease at sensor height (1.6 m) did not exhibit a uniform behavior at either site. It was expected that the rate of decrease would gradually slow, leveling off near sunrise. Instead, a leveling occurred several hours earlier. Temperature subsequently began a more rapid decrease which slowed by sunrise. This suggested that the temperature sensors may be detecting the frost point of water vapor. Analysis of alternative hypotheses demonstrates that none of these are viable candidates. The frost point interpretation is consistent with other lander and orbiter observations, with terrestrial experience, and with modeling of Mars' atmospheric behavior. It thus appears that the meteorology experiment can help provide a basis toward understanding the distribution and dynamics of Martian water vapor.

  19. Large quasi-circular features beneath frost on triton.

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    Helfenstein, P; Veverka, J; McCarthy, D; Lee, P; Hillier, J

    1992-02-14

    Specially processed Voyager 2 images of Neptune's largest moon, Triton, reveal three large quasi-circular features ranging in diameter from 280 to 935 kilometers within Triton's equatorial region. The largest of these features contains a central, irregularly shaped area of comparatively low albedo about 380 kilometers in diameter, surrounded by crudely concentric annuli of higher albedo materials. None of the features exhibit significant topographic expression, and all appear to be primarily albedo markings. The features are located within a broad equatorial band of anomalously transparent frost that renders them nearly invisible at the large phase angles (alpha > 90 degrees ) at which Voyager obtained its highest resolution coverage of Triton. The features can be discerned at smaller phase angles (alpha = 66 degrees ) at which the frost only partially masks underlying albedo contrasts. The origin of the features is uncertain but may have involved regional cryovolcanic activity. PMID:17756427

  20. Controlling condensation and frost growth with chemical micropatterns

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    Boreyko, Jonathan B.; Hansen, Ryan R.; Murphy, Kevin R.; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott T.; Collier, C. Patrick

    2016-01-01

    In-plane frost growth on chilled hydrophobic surfaces is an inter-droplet phenomenon, where frozen droplets harvest water from neighboring supercooled liquid droplets to grow ice bridges that propagate across the surface in a chain reaction. To date, no surface has been able to passively prevent the in-plane growth of ice bridges across the population of supercooled condensate. Here, we demonstrate that when the separation between adjacent nucleation sites for supercooled condensate is properly controlled with chemical micropatterns prior to freezing, inter-droplet ice bridging can be slowed and even halted entirely. Since the edge-to-edge separation between adjacent supercooled droplets decreases with growth time, deliberately triggering an early freezing event to minimize the size of nascent condensation was also necessary. These findings reveal that inter-droplet frost growth can be passively suppressed by designing surfaces to spatially control nucleation sites and by temporally controlling the onset of freezing events. PMID:26796663

  1. Controlling condensation and frost growth with chemical micropatterns.

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    Boreyko, Jonathan B; Hansen, Ryan R; Murphy, Kevin R; Nath, Saurabh; Retterer, Scott T; Collier, C Patrick

    2016-01-01

    In-plane frost growth on chilled hydrophobic surfaces is an inter-droplet phenomenon, where frozen droplets harvest water from neighboring supercooled liquid droplets to grow ice bridges that propagate across the surface in a chain reaction. To date, no surface has been able to passively prevent the in-plane growth of ice bridges across the population of supercooled condensate. Here, we demonstrate that when the separation between adjacent nucleation sites for supercooled condensate is properly controlled with chemical micropatterns prior to freezing, inter-droplet ice bridging can be slowed and even halted entirely. Since the edge-to-edge separation between adjacent supercooled droplets decreases with growth time, deliberately triggering an early freezing event to minimize the size of nascent condensation was also necessary. These findings reveal that inter-droplet frost growth can be passively suppressed by designing surfaces to spatially control nucleation sites and by temporally controlling the onset of freezing events. PMID:26796663

  2. FROST: an ASIC for digital mammography with synchrotron radiation

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    Bergamaschi, A.; Prest, M.; Vallazza, E.; Arfelli, F.; Dreossi, D.; Longo, R.; Olivo, A.; Pani, S.; Castelli, E.

    2003-09-01

    The FRONTier RADiography (FRONTRAD) collaboration is developing a digital system for mammography at the Elettra Synchrotron Light Source in Trieste. The system is based on a silicon microstrip detector array. The ASIC FROST (FRONTRAD Read Out sySTem) was developed as a collaboration between INFN Trieste and Aurelia Microelettronica and is designed to operate in single photon counting mode. FROST provides low-noise and high-gain performances and is able to work at incident photon rates higher than 100 kHz with almost 100% efficiency. The ASIC has been tested and the first images of mammographic test objects will be shown. The acquisition time per breast image should be of about 10 s.

  3. Large quasi-circular features beneath frost on Triton

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    Helfenstein, Paul; Veverka, Joseph; Mccarthy, Derek; Lee, Pascal; Hillier, John

    1992-01-01

    Specially processed Voyager 2 images of Neptune's largest moon, Triton, reveal three large quasi-circular features ranging in diameter from 280 to 935 km within Triton's equatorial region. The largest of these features contains a central irregularly shaped area of comparatively low albedo about 380 km in diameter, surrounded by crudely concentric annuli of higher albedo materials. None of the features exhibit significant topographic expression, and all appear to be primarily albedo markings. The features are located within a broad equatorial band of anomalously transparent frost that renders them nearly invisible at the large phase angles (alpha greater than 90 deg) at which Voyager obtained its highest resolution coverage of Triton. The features can be discerned at smaller phase angles (alpha = 66 deg) at which the frost only partially masks underlying albedo contrasts. The origin of the features is uncertain but may have involved regional cryovolcanic activity.

  4. Mars south polar spring and summer behavior observed by TES: seasonal cap evolution controlled by frost grain size

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    Kieffer, Hugh H.; Titus, Timothy N.; Mullins, Kevin F.; Christensen, Philip R.

    2000-01-01

    Thermal Emission Spectrometer (TES) observations of the recession phase of Mars' south polar cap are used to quantitatively map this recession in both thermal and visual appearance. Geographically nonuniform behavior interior to the cap is characterized by defining several small regions which exemplify the range of behavior. For most of the cap, while temperatures remain near the CO2 frost point, albedos slowly increase with the seasonal rise of the Sun, then drop rapidly as frost patches disappear over a period of ?20 days. A Cryptic region remains dark and mottled throughout its cold period. TES observations are compared with first-order theoretical spectra of solid CO2 frost with admixtures of dust and H2O. The TES spectra indicate that the Cryptic region has much larger grained solid CO2 than the rest of the cap and that the solid CO2 here may be in the form of a slab. The Mountains of Mitchel remain cold and bright well after other areas at comparable latitude, apparently as a result of unusually small size of the CO2 frost grains; we found little evidence for a significant presence of H2O. Although CO2 grain size may be the major difference between these regions, incorporated dust is also required to match the observations; a self-cleaning process carries away the smaller dust grains. Comparisons with Viking observations indicate little difference in the seasonal cycle 12 Martian years later. The observed radiation balance indicates CO2 sublimation budgets of up to 1250 kg m?2. Regional atmospheric dust is common; localized dust clouds are seen near the edge of the cap prior to the onset of a regional dust storm and interior to the cap during the storm.

  5. Chemical frost weathering of olivine: Experimental study and implications

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    Harris, S. L.; Huguenin, R. L.

    1987-01-01

    New experimental results are reported on the frost weathering of olivine. After first weathering, a decrease in Fe sup 2(+)M(2) absorption bands were noted. This decrease is related to the protonation of O(+) in the mineral. It is contented that this reaction may result in the regolith storage of 100 to 1000 m of H(sub 2) over the history of Mars.

  6. Effects of environmental factors and management practices on microclimate, winter physiology, and frost resistance in trees

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    Charrier, Guillaume; Ngao, Jérôme; Saudreau, Marc; Améglio, Thierry

    2015-01-01

    Freezing stress is one of the most important limiting factors determining the ecological distribution and production of tree species. Assessment of frost risk is, therefore, critical for forestry, fruit production, and horticulture. Frost risk is substantial when hazard (i.e., exposure to damaging freezing temperatures) intersects with vulnerability (i.e., frost sensitivity). Based on a large number of studies on frost resistance and frost occurrence, we highlight the complex interactive roles of environmental conditions, carbohydrates, and water status in frost risk development. To supersede the classical empirical relations used to model frost hardiness, we propose an integrated ecophysiologically-based framework of frost risk assessment. This framework details the individual or interactive roles of these factors, and how they are distributed in time and space at the individual-tree level (within-crown and across organs). Based on this general framework, we are able to highlight factors by which different environmental conditions (e.g., temperature, light, flood, and drought), and management practices (pruning, thinning, girdling, sheltering, water aspersion, irrigation, and fertilization) influence frost sensitivity and frost exposure of trees. PMID:25972877

  7. Morning Frost in Trench Dug by Phoenix, Sol 113

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    2008-01-01

    This image from the Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows morning frost inside the 'Snow White' trench dug by the lander, in addition to subsurface ice exposed by use of a rasp on the floor of the trench.

    The camera took this image at about 9 a.m. local solar time during the 113th Martian day of the mission (Sept. 18, 2008). Bright material near and below the four-by-four set of rasp holes in the upper half of the image is water-ice exposed by rasping and scraping in the trench earlier the same morning. Other bright material especially around the edges of the trench, is frost. Earlier in the mission, when the sun stayed above the horizon all night, morning frost was not evident in the trench.

    This image is presented in approximately true color.

    The trench is 4 to 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) deep, about 23 centimeters (9 inches) wide.

    Phoenix landed on a Martian arctic plain on May 25, 2008. The mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development was by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  8. Frost Induces Respiration and Accelerates Carbon Depletion in Trees

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    Sperling, Or; Earles, J. Mason; Secchi, Francesca; Godfrey, Jessie; Zwieniecki, Maciej A.

    2015-01-01

    Cellular respiration depletes stored carbohydrates during extended periods of limited photosynthesis, e.g. winter dormancy or drought. As respiration rate is largely a function of temperature, the thermal conditions during such periods may affect non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) availability and, ultimately, recovery. Here, we surveyed stem responses to temperature changes in 15 woody species. For two species with divergent respirational response to frost, P. integerrima and P. trichocarpa, we also examined corresponding changes in NSC levels. Finally, we simulated respiration-induced NSC depletion using historical temperature data for the western US. We report a novel finding that tree stems significantly increase respiration in response to near freezing temperatures. We observed this excess respiration in 13 of 15 species, deviating 10% to 170% over values predicted by the Arrhenius equation. Excess respiration persisted at temperatures above 0°C during warming and reoccurred over multiple frost-warming cycles. A large adjustment of NSCs accompanied excess respiration in P. integerrima, whereas P. trichocarpa neither excessively respired nor adjusted NSCs. Over the course of the years included in our model, frost-induced respiration accelerated stem NSC consumption by 8.4 mg (glucose eq.) cm-3 yr-1 on average in the western US, a level of depletion that may continue to significantly affect spring NSC availability. This novel finding revises the current paradigm of low temperature respiration kinetics. PMID:26629819

  9. Frost Induces Respiration and Accelerates Carbon Depletion in Trees.

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    Sperling, Or; Earles, J Mason; Secchi, Francesca; Godfrey, Jessie; Zwieniecki, Maciej A

    2015-01-01

    Cellular respiration depletes stored carbohydrates during extended periods of limited photosynthesis, e.g. winter dormancy or drought. As respiration rate is largely a function of temperature, the thermal conditions during such periods may affect non-structural carbohydrate (NSC) availability and, ultimately, recovery. Here, we surveyed stem responses to temperature changes in 15 woody species. For two species with divergent respirational response to frost, P. integerrima and P. trichocarpa, we also examined corresponding changes in NSC levels. Finally, we simulated respiration-induced NSC depletion using historical temperature data for the western US. We report a novel finding that tree stems significantly increase respiration in response to near freezing temperatures. We observed this excess respiration in 13 of 15 species, deviating 10% to 170% over values predicted by the Arrhenius equation. Excess respiration persisted at temperatures above 0C during warming and reoccurred over multiple frost-warming cycles. A large adjustment of NSCs accompanied excess respiration in P. integerrima, whereas P. trichocarpa neither excessively respired nor adjusted NSCs. Over the course of the years included in our model, frost-induced respiration accelerated stem NSC consumption by 8.4 mg (glucose eq.) cm-3 yr-1 on average in the western US, a level of depletion that may continue to significantly affect spring NSC availability. This novel finding revises the current paradigm of low temperature respiration kinetics. PMID:26629819

  10. Linear and Nonlinear Tunable Optical Properties of Intersubband Transitions in GAN/ALN Quantum Dots in Presence and Absence of Wetting Layer

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    Khaledi-Nasab, A.; Sabaeian, M.; Rezaie, M.; Mohammad-Rezaee, M.

    2014-02-01

    In this study we have performed a numerical approach to investigate the optical properties of GaN/AlN quantum dots (QDs). We have used nice homemade finite element method (FEM) codes to solve the Schrdinger equation, in presence and absence of wetting layer. The optical properties of both well-known, truncated pyramids-shaped, wurtize (WZ) and zinc blande (ZB) QDs have been investigated. It is demonstrated, there is slight amount of difference between all orders of absorption coefficients and relative refractive index changes (RRIC) for both structures. The effect of relaxation rate studied as well. Overlay it is shown that the optical properties ZB/WZ QDs could be engineered in well-manner.

  11. Presence of all Three Allotropes of Impact-Diamonds in the Younger Dryas Onset Layer (YDB) Across N America and NW Europe

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    West, A.; Kennett, J. P.; Kennett, D. J.; Que Hee, S. S.; Wolbach, W. S.; Stich, A.; Bunch, T. E.; Wittke, J. H.; Mercer, C.; Sellers, M.; Culleton, B. J.; Erlandson, J. M.; Johnson, J. R.; Stafford, T. W.; Weaver, J. C.; West, G.

    2008-12-01

    We report the discovery of all three diamond allotropes (cubic diamond, lonsdaleite, and n-diamond) in an extraterrestrial (ET) impact layer (the YDB), dating to the Younger Dryas onset at 12.9 ka. YDB diamonds are distributed broadly across N America and NW Europe at 15 sites spanning 9,000 km or 23 percent of Earth's circumference. N-diamonds and lonsdaleite, or hexagonal diamond, do not co-occur with terrestrial diamonds, but are found in meteorites. Lonsdaleite is found on Earth only in association with known ET impacts, and thus, is a definitive impact indicator. The diamonds were identified by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) using selected area diffraction (SAED), which display reflections corresponding to the following lattice planar spacings definitive of diamond: (1) cubic: 2.06, 1.26, 1.07, and 0.89 A; (2) lonsdaleite: 2.184, 1.261, 1.092, and 0.826 A; and (3) n-diamond: 2.06, 1.26, 1.07, and 0.89 A, plus "forbidden" reflections of 1.78, 1.04, and 0.796 A. Nanodiamonds are rounded to highly angular, and range in size from 1 to 1700 nm with most between 1 and 50 nm. Concentrations are up to 3700 ppb, equaling more than 1 billion diamonds per cm3 of sediment (comparable to K/T levels of 3600 ppb). No diamonds were detected above or below the YDB layer at any site tested. These diamonds could not have formed from volcanic activity, because they combust at temperatures above 500° C in the presence of atmospheric levels of oxygen, and micrometeoritic diamonds are similarly destroyed. Also, the diamonds could not have accumulated from the constant rain of micrometeoritic debris, because multi-billions occur in YDB layer samples, but yet none have been found in non-YDB strata dating from 55,000 RCYBP to present. YDB diamonds are associated with abundance peaks in magnetic spherules, carbon spherules, soot, and iridium, which can peak in impact layers of known ET events, such as the K/T and the 1908 airburst at Tunguska, Siberia. Furthermore, a high proportion of the nanodiamonds are found deeply embedded within spherical particles of melted plant resins, a fact inexplicable by any normal terrestrial process. Altogether, this evidence strongly suggests that the widespread and abundant nanodiamonds constrained to the thin YDB layer resulted from a major ET impact/airburst at 12.9 ka.

  12. Unsteady MHD boundary layer stagnation point flow with heat and mass transfer in nanofluid in the presence of mass fluid suction and thermal radiation

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    Salem, A. M.; Ismail, Galal; Fathy, Rania

    2015-06-01

    The unsteady boundary layer stagnation point flow of heat and mass transfer in a nanofluid with magnetic field and thermal radiation is theoretically investigated. The resulting governing equations are nondimensionalized and are transformed using a similarity transformation and then solved numerically by the shooting method. Comparison with the previously published work is presented and the results are found to be in good agreement. The effects of unsteadiness parameter A , solid volume fraction , magnetic field M, radiation parameter R, Schmidit number Sc and suction parameter w on the fluid flow, heat and mass transfer characteristic are discussed. Dual similarity solutions for the velocity, temperature and concentration profiles are obtained for some negative values of the unsteadiness parameter. It is found that the critical values of A for which the dual solution exists depend on the values of solid volume fraction parameter in the presence of the Schmidit number. Also, the magnetic field parameter as well as the mass fluid suction widen the range of A for which the solution exists. The results also indicate that momentum, thermal and concentration boundary layer thickness for the first solution are thinner than that of the second solution.

  13. Influence of Salt Stress on Growth and Frost Resistance of Three Winter Cereals

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    Matuszak-Slamani, Renata; Brzóstowicz, Aleksander

    2015-04-01

    This paper presents results of a study on the influence of 0-150 mmol NaCl dm-3 Hoagland solution on growth, chlorophyll content, photosynthesis and frost resistance of seedlings of three winter cereals: wheat - cv. Almari, rye - cv. Amilo, and triticale - cv. Tornado. Sodium chloride at 25 mmol dm-3 caused better growth of wheat shoots and roots, both of fresh and dry matter. Higher concentrations of NaCl in the medium decreased the biomass of the tested seedlings. The influence of NaCl on the chlorophyll content in the seedlings varied. The conductometry method showed that the resistance of the cell walls of wheat and rye to low temperature decreased in the presence of NaCl in the growth medium. Luminescence has shown that seedlings that grew in NaCl-containing medium indicated an impediment of electron flow at a lower temperature than the control plants.

  14. SO2 frost - UV-visible reflectivity and Io surface coverage

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    Nash, D. B.; Fanale, F. P.; Nelson, R. M.

    1980-01-01

    The reflectance spectrum in the range 0.24-0.85 microns of SO2 frost is measured in light of the discovery of SO2 gas in the atmosphere of Io and the possible discovery of the frost on its surface. Frost deposits up to 1.5 mm thick were grown in vacuum at 130 K and bi-directional reflectance spectra were obtained. Typical SO2 frost is found to exhibit very low reflectivity (2-5%) at 0.30 microns, rising steeply at 0.32 microns to attain a maximum reflectivity (75-80%) at 4.0 microns and uniformly high reflectivity throughout the visible and near infrared. Comparison with the full disk spectrum of Io reveals that no more than 20% of the surface can be covered with optically thick SO2 frost. Combinations of surface materials including SO2 frost which can produce the observed spectrum are indicated.

  15. Experimental assessment on the frost sensitivity during leaf development of juvenile Fagus sylvatica L.

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    Estrella, Nicole; Menzel, Annette

    2014-05-01

    Late frost events in spring shape species distribution as well as reduce productivity. Till now, it is still not clear if future warming will lead to more frequent / stronger / more harmful frost damages in forestry and agriculture or not. Since the variability of extremes is increasing it seems that the risk of late frost damages in many regions may not decrease, even if the mean air temperature in general is increasing. A late frost event is only harmful if plants have initiated their leaf / flower development. Closed buds are usually very frost tolerant. However, once leaves develop after mild and warm spring periods, the new tissue is especially sensitive to freezing temperatures. Therefore not only the date of the last frost but also the weather history of the late winter / early spring determines if a frost event might result in frost damage or not. Tissue sensitivity to frost varies among species, but even within species there might be differences in frost tolerance during the different stages in leaf development. We set up an experiment to identify the frost risk in connection with the developmental stage of the leaves of juvenile beech. In order to vary the timing of frost events, we placed 1-year old potted beech trees 7times overnight in a climate chamber, in which the air temperature was cooled down to - 3 for five hours. For each tree the phenological stages were observed before and after the frost, the percent of damage was estimated after two days; additionally phenology of the damaged plants was observed weekly to document the recovery of their damage till May 23, 2013. Only about 30% of the plants were damaged. In general it can be stated if damage occurred it was a severe damage, only very few plants sustained little damage. We observed dependence on the date of the freezing event, rather than on specific phenological phases - the later the frost was applied the more plants were damaged. Damaged plants recovered relatively rapidly from the frost damage; three to six weeks after the event most of the damage plants were foliated equally to non-damaged plants. Only a few plants did not recover at all from the frost event.

  16. Frost Formation Problem in the Development of a Hypersonic Turbojet Engine

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    Fukiba, Katsuyoshi; Sato, Tetsuya; Kobayashi, Hiroaki; Ohkubo, Hidetoshi

    The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency has developed a hypersonic aircraft flying at Mach 5. A precooled turbojet engine is the candidate of the engine for the hypersonic aircraft. The precooled turbojet engine has a heat exchanger(precooler) which cools the breathed air by using cryogenic propellant, such as liquid hydrogen. The precooler has a problem that frost forms on the cooling tubes of the precooler, and the frost decrease the engine performance. Some approaches to deal with the frost formation problem have employed in the development. In this paper, those approaches are introduced and the results of some fundamental studies about frost are also shown.

  17. Ice/frost/debris assessment for space shuttle Mission STS-32 (61-C)

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    Stevenson, Charles G.; Katnik, Gregory N.; Speece, Robert F.

    1986-01-01

    An Ice/Frost/Debris assessment was conducted for Space Shuttle Mission STS-32 (61-C). This assessment begins with debris inspections of the flight elements and launch facilities before and after launch. Ice/Frost formations are calculated during cryogenic loading of the external tank followed by an on-pad assessment of the Shuttle vehicle and pad at T-3 hours in the countdown. High speed films are reviewed after launch to identify Ice/Frost/Debris sources and investigate potential vehicle damage. The Ice/Frost/Debris conditions and their effects on the Space Shuttle are documented.

  18. Martian Seasonal CO2 Frost Indicating Decameter-Scale Variability in Buried Water Ice

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    Mellon, M. T.; Hansen, C. J.; Cull, S.; Arvidson, R. E.; Searls, M.

    2011-12-01

    Several new lines of evidence indicate that subsurface water ice (ground ice) on Mars is more complexly distributed, and in variable concentrations, than had been previously envisioned. Understanding the current distribution of ground ice is a fundamental part of understanding how this ice was emplaced and the recent past climate conditions under which icy deposits formed and subsequently evolved. In this work we examine the seasonal defrosting of CO2 observed by HiRISE as an indicator of decameter-scale ground-ice heterogeneity. It is well known that CO2 dry ice accumulates on the martian surface in winter. The amount of dry ice and the time it spends on the ground depends strongly on surface properties. A readily observable attribute is the "crocus date", the season (Ls) when CO2 completely sublimates, exposing the soil surface. Many factors can affect the crocus date, but perhaps most important are the properties of CO2 frost and of the surface soil. We examine HiRISE observations, spanning more than a martian year, for decameter-scale patterns of CO2 frost and the crocus date. Year-to-year repeatability of CO2 ice patterns, both in polygon troughs and decameter-size patches, along with a lack of topography nor aeolian redistribution, suggests that differences in the surface substrate is the root cause for these patterns. In addition, only CO2 slab ice (solid, non-porous dry ice) is indicated throughout the observed seasons and at all spatial scales (down to meter scale), as evidenced by albedo (HiRISE and TES) and IR spectra (CRISM). In addition, the low emissivity and high albedo of fine-grained particulate CO2 frost would result in a crocus date much earlier than even the earliest observed. We present two scenarios of substrate differences which explain the observations: (i) the ice-table depth varies away from atmospheric equilibrium, such that a thicker "dry-soil" layer occurs in disequilibrium where the CO2 ice lingers longest; and (ii) the H2O concentration at the ice table and below is less than pore filling (or that subsurface pure-water-ice deposits contain substantial open porosity) in these same lingering CO2-ice locations. In the later case these CO2 ice patches may be outlining deposits of the light-toned, friable, pure water ice as was discovered by Phoenix. Neither of these two ground-ice scenarios is predicted by the current models of ground ice stability and dynamics. These results indicate substantial decameter-scale heterogeneity in the ground ice distribution and local disequilibrium with the current martian climate.

  19. High-resolution topography and albedo of the south polar layered deposits on Mars

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    Herkenhoff, K.E.; Murray, B.C. )

    1990-08-30

    Using a new photoclinometric technique with high-resolution Mariner 9 images, maximum slopes of 10{degree}-20{degree} are found to occur on an exposure of layered deposits within the south polar residual cap of Mars. Stereophotogrammetry is used to constrain the photoclinometric solutions, which resolve layer thicknesses of 100-300 m. Albedo variations are correlated with slope, indicating that frost is present on level areas. There is evidence for temporal changes in frost distribution in the 7 days (4{degree} of L{sub 8}) between the two images used in this study. The magnitude of the slopes derived here and consideration of the stability of water ice at the surface of the layered deposits strongly suggest the presence of a competent weathering rind. The weathered surface may be composed of dark filamentary sublimation residue particles that protect the underlying ice from solar heating. This hypothesis is consistent with previous studies of the regional color and albedo of the layered deposits, which indicate that the deposits are slightly darker and less red than the bright dust that mantles much of the south polar region. Furthermore, the proposed weathering mechanism provides a plausible source of dark, saltating material for the Martian polar dune fields.

  20. Linking the Presence of Surfactant Associated Bacteria on the Sea Surface and in the Near Surface Layer of the Ocean to Satellite Imagery

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    Hamilton, Bryan; Dean, Cayla; Kurata, Naoko; Soloviev, Alex; Tartar, Aurelien; Shivji, Mahmood; Perrie, William; Lehner, Susanne

    2015-04-01

    Several genera of bacteria residing on the sea surface and in the near-surface layer of the ocean have been found to be involved in the production and decay of surfactants. Under low wind speed conditions, these surfactants can suppress short gravity capillary waves at the sea surface and form natural sea slicks. These features can be observed with both airborne and satellite-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR). We have developed a new method for sampling the sea surface microlayer that has reduced contamination from the boat and during lab handling of samples. Using this new method, a series of experiments have been conducted to establish a connection between the presence of surfactant-associated bacteria in the upper layer of the ocean and sea slicks. DNA analysis of in situ samples taken during a RADARSAT-2 satellite overpass in the Straits of Florida during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill showed a higher abundance of surfactant-associated bacterial genera in the slick area as compared to the non-slick area. These genera were found to be more abundant in the subsurface water samples collected as compared to samples taken from the sea surface. The experiment was repeated in the Straits of Florida in September 2013 and was coordinated with TerraSAR-X satellite overpasses. The observations suggest that the surfactants contributing to sea slick formation are produced by marine bacteria in the organic matter-rich water column and move to the sea surface by diffusion or advection. Thus, within a range of wind-wave conditions, the organic materials present in the water column (such as dissolved oil spills) can be monitored with SAR satellite imagery. In situ sampling was also performed in the Gulf of Mexico in December 2013 during RADARSAT-2 and TerraSAR-X satellite overpasses. Areas near natural oil seeps identified from archived TerraSAR-X imagery were targeted for in situ sampling. A number of samples from this location have been analyzed to determine the presence and relative abundance levels of one genus of surfactant-associated bacteria. Determining the effect of surfactant-associated bacteria on the state of the sea surface may help provide a more complete global picture of biophysical processes at the air-sea interface and uptake of greenhouse gases by the ocean.

  1. Nowcasting in the FROST-2014 Sochi Olympic project

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    Bica, Benedikt; Wang, Yong; Joe, Paul; Isaac, George; Kiktev, Dmitry; Bocharnikov, Nikolai

    2013-04-01

    FROST (Forecast and Research: the Olympic Sochi Testbed) 2014 is a WMO WWRP international project aimed at development, implementation, and demonstration of capabilities of short-range numerical weather prediction and nowcasting technologies for mountainous terrain in winter season. Sharp weather contrasts and high spatial and temporal variability are typical for the region of the Sochi-2014 Olympics. Steep mountainous terrain and an intricate mixture of maritime sub-tropical and Alpine environments make weather forecasting in this region extremely challenging. Goals of the FROST-2014 project: • To develop a comprehensive information resource of Alpine winter weather observations; • To improve and exploit: o Nowcasting systems of high impact weather phenomena (precipitation type and intensity, snow levels, visibility, wind speed, direction and gusts) in complex terrain; o High-resolution deterministic and ensemble mesoscale forecasts in winter complex terrain environment; • To improve the understanding of physics of high impact weather phenomena in the region; • To deliver forecasts (Nowcasts) to Olympic weather forecasters and decision makers and assess benefits of forecast improvement. 46 Automatic Meteorological Stations (AMS) were installed in the Olympic region by Roshydromet, by owners of sport venues and by the Megafon corporation, provider of mobile communication services. The time resolution of AMS observations does not exceed 10 minutes. For a subset of the stations it is even equal to 1 min. Data flow from the new dual polarization Doppler weather radar WRM200 in Sochi was organized at the end of 2012. Temperature/humidity and wind profilers and two Micro Rain Radars (MRR) will supplement the network. Nowcasting potential of NWP models participating in the project (COSMO, GEM, WRF, AROME, HARMONIE) is to be assessed for direct and post-processed (e.g. Kalman filter, 1-D model, MOS) model forecasts. Besides the meso-scale models, the specialized nowcasting systems are expected to be used in the project - ABOM, CARDS, INCA, INTW, STEPS, MeteoExpert. FROST-2014 is intended as an 'end-to-end' project. Its products will be used by local forecasters for meteorological support of the Olympics and preceding test sport events. The project is open for new interested participants. Additional information is available at http://frost2014.meteoinfo.ru.

  2. Frost resistance of reproductive tissues during various stages of development in high mountain plants.

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    Neuner, Gilbert; Erler, Agnes; Ladinig, Ursula; Hacker, Jürgen; Wagner, Johanna

    2013-01-01

    Frost resistance of reproductive vs aboveground vegetative structures was determined for six common European high alpine plant species that can be exposed to frosts throughout their whole reproductive cycle. Freezing tests were carried out in the bud, anthesis and fruit stage. Stigma and style, ovary, placenta, ovule, flower stalk/peduncle and, in Ranunculus glacialis, the receptacle were separately investigated. In all species, the vegetative organs tolerated on an average 2-5 K lower freezing temperatures than the most frost-susceptible reproductive structures that differed in their frost resistance. In almost all species, stigma, style and the flower stalk/peduncle were the most frost-susceptible reproductive structures. Initial frost damage (LT₁₀) to the most susceptible reproductive structure usually occurred between -2 and -4°C independent of the reproductive stage. The median LT₅₀ across species for stigma and style ranged between -3.4 and -3.7°C and matched the mean ice nucleation temperature (-3.7 ± 1.4°C). In R. glacialis, the flower stalk was the most frost-susceptible structure (-5.4°C), and was in contrast to the other species ice-tolerant. The ovule and the placenta were usually the most frost-resistant structures. During reproductive development, frost resistance (LT₅₀) of single reproductive structures mostly showed no significant change. However, significant increases or decreases were also observed (2.1 ± 1.2 K). Reproductive tissues of nival species generally tolerated lower temperatures than species occurring in the alpine zone. The low frost resistance of reproductive structures before, during and shortly after anthesis increases the probability of frost damage and thus, may restrict successful sexual plant reproduction with increasing altitude. PMID:22420836

  3. Longwave Marangoni instability in a binary-liquid layer with deformable interface in the presence of Soret effect. The case of a finite Biot number

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    Oron, A.

    2005-11-01

    We investigate the long-wave Marangoni instability in a binary-liquid layer with a deformable interface in the limit of a finite Biot number B and a specified heat flux at the solid substrate and in the presence of the Soret effect. In the fundamental case (a) of both finite Galileo and Lewis numbers, G and L, respectively, and a large inverse capillary number S, both monotonic and oscillatory instabilities are present. The monotonic instability takes place with the critical Marangoni number Mmon=48,,, where χ is the Soret (separation) number when -1<χ<0. When (1+χ)/χ>0, this instability emerges if L

  4. Frost characteristics and heat transfer on a flat plate under freezer operating conditions: Part 1, Experimentation and correlations

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    Mao, Y.; Besant, R.W.; Chen, H.

    1999-07-01

    An experimental investigation of frost growth on a flat, cold surface supplied by subfreezing, turbulent, humid, parallel flow of air is presented. The operating conditions are typical of many commercial freezers. A test loop was constructed to perform the tests, and the frost height, frost mass concentration, and cold surface heat flux were measured using specially designed and calibrated instrumentation. Twenty tests were done for steady operating conditions, each starting with no initial frost accumulation, and were run for two to six hours giving 480 data samples. Measured results show that the frost characteristics differ significantly with frost growth data taken previously for room temperature airflow. Depending on the temperature of the cold plate and the relative humidity of the subfreezing supply air, the frost could appear to be either smooth or rough. Smooth frost, which occurred at warmer plate temperatures and lower supply air relative humidities, gave rise to frost growth that was much thinner and denser than that for the rough, thick, low-density frost. Frost growth characteristics are correlated as a function of five independent variables (time, distance from the leading edge, cold plate temperature ratio, humidity ratio, and Reynolds number). These correlations are presented separately for the full data set, the rough frost data, and the smooth frost data.

  5. Ice barriers promote supercooling and prevent frost injury in reproductive buds, flowers and fruits of alpine dwarf shrubs throughout the summer?

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    Kuprian, Edith; Briceo, Vernica F.; Wagner, Johanna; Neuner, Gilbert

    2014-01-01

    Over-wintering reproductive buds of many woody plants survive frost by supercooling. The bud tissues are isolated from acropetally advancing ice by the presence of ice barriers that restrict ice growth. Plants living in alpine environments also face the risk of ice formation in summer months. Little knowledge exists, how reproductive structures of woody alpine plants are protected from frost injury during episodic summer frosts. In order to address this question, frost resistance of three common dwarf shrubs, Calluna vulgaris, Empetrum hermaphroditum and Loiseleuria procumbens was measured and ice formation and propagation were monitored in twigs bearing reproductive shoots during various stages of reproductive development (bud, anthesis, and fruit) throughout the alpine summer. Results indicated that, in the investigated species, ice barriers were present at all reproductive stages, isolating the reproductive shoots from ice advancing from the subtending vegetative shoot. Additionally, in the reproductive stems ice nucleating agents that are active at warm, sub-zero temperatures, were absent. The ice barriers were 100% effective, with the exception of L. procumbens, where in 13% of the total observations, the ice barrier failed. The ice barriers were localized at the base of the pedicel, at the anatomical junction of the vegetative and reproductive shoot. There, structural aspects of the tissue impede or prevent ice from advancing from the frozen stem into the pedicel of the reproductive shoot. Under the experimental conditions used in this study, ice nucleation initially occurred in the stem of the vegetative shoot at species-specific mean temperatures in the range of ?4.7 to ?5.8C. Reproductive shoots, however, remained supercooled and ice free down to a range of ?7.2 to ?18.2C or even below ?22C, the lowest temperature applied in the study. This level of supercooling is sufficient to prevent freezing of reproductive structures at the lowest air temperature occurring at the altitude of the upper distribution boundary of the natural habitat of the investigated species which is between ?8 and ?10C in summer. Frost resistance assays indicated that reproductive shoots are much less frost resistant than vegetative stems, and in contrast to vegetative shoots, are not ice tolerant. Supercooling of reproductive shoots in alpine, woody plant species is an effective mechanism that protects developing offspring from potential frost damage resulting from episodic summer freezing events. PMID:25284910

  6. A search for transient water frost at the lunar poles using LOLA

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    Lemelin, M.; Lucey, P. G.; Song, E.; Paige, D. A.; Greenhagen, B. T.; Siegler, M. A.; Hayne, P. O.; Mazarico, E.; Neumann, G.; Smith, D. E.; Zuber, M. T.

    2014-12-01

    The possibility of lunar polar ice has been considered since suggested by Harold Urey in the 1950's, and has likely been directly detected at the north pole of Mercury by MESSENGER. That detection was based on the presence of reflectance anomalies seen by the Mercury Laser Altimeter that occurred only where models of the surface temperature allow long-duration preservation of water ice against sublimation (Paige et al., 2013; Neumann et al., 2013). Similar characteristics are seen at the poles of the Moon, though the higher lunar albedo complicates the detection. In this study we seek evidence for transient water frost on polar surfaces using data from the Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter. The Lunar Orbiter Laser Altimeter (LOLA) measures the backscattered energy of the returning altimetric laser pulse at its wavelength of 1064 nm, and these data are used to map the reflectivity of the Moon at zero-phase angle with a photometrically uniform data set. Global maps have been produced at 4 pixels per degree (about 8 km at the equator) and 2 km resolution within 20° latitude of each pole. The zero-phase geometry is insensitive to lunar topography and enables the characterization of subtle variations in lunar albedo, even at high latitudes where such measurements are not possible with the Sun as the illumination source. We are currently searching the data set for evidence of transient surface frost by looking for changes in reflectance as a function of temperature based on the Diviner radiometer measurements and models. Thus far one candidate region has been identified, and we are refining the calibration to ensure that this and other detections are reliable.

  7. Dew and frost chemistry at a midcontinent site, United States

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    Wagner, G.H.; Steele, K.F. ); Peden, M.E. )

    1992-12-20

    Little national effort is being devoted to appraising the importance of dew in the research on acid rain and atmospheric pollutants. Because dew lingers directly on plants and is perhaps more concentrated than rain, especially during its evaporation, it may overshadow certain rain effects which work mainly through the soil. From July 1989 to July 1990 a total of 98 dew and 9 frost samples were collected at the University of Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, Fayetteville. The total water flux from dews and frosts per year was less than 2% of that from rains. Acid and nutrient fluxes were also much lower in dew. In the following series of ions the number in parentheses gives the percent of the yearly flux of the ion in dew compared to rain for the same time period: H[sup +] (0.06), Ca[sup 2+] (25), Mg[sup 2+] (11), K[sup +] (21), Na[sup +] (4), NH[sub 4][sup +] (10), Cl[sup [minus

  8. Polar Dunes In Summer Exhibit Frost Patches, Wind Streaks

    NASA Technical Reports Server (NTRS)

    1999-01-01

    Mars Global Surveyor passes over the north polar region of the red planet twelve times each day, offering many opportunities to observe how the polar cap frosts and dunes are changing as the days goby. Right now it is summer in the north. This picture, taken the second week of April 1999, shows darks and dunes and remnant patches of bright frost left over from the winter that ended in July 1998. Dark streaks indicate recent movement of sand. The picture covers an area only 1.4 kilometers (0.9 miles)across and is illuminated from the upper right.

    Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, CA. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, CA and Denver, CO.

  9. Past and future changes in frost day indices on Catskill Mountains region of New York

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Changes in frost indices in New York's Catskill Mountains region, the location of water supply reservoirs for New York City, have potentially important implications. Frost day is defined as a day with Tmin < 0 deg C. The objective of this study was to investigate past and predicted changes in minimu...

  10. Making a case for breeding frost tolerant potatoes adapted to Andean Highlands especially the Altiplano

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Although cultivated potatoes are sensitive to mild frost (severely damaged at air temperatures below -2 or -3 C) limited progress has been made in developing frost hardy cultivars. This may be due to the fact that most potato crop grown in North America and Europe has minimal risk to be subjected to...

  11. Prediction of soil frost penetration depth in northwest of Iran using air freezing indices

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    Mohammadi, H.; Moghbel, M.; Ranjbar, F.

    2015-08-01

    Information about soil frost penetration depth can be effective in finding appropriate solutions to reduce the agricultural crop damage, transportations, and building facilities. Amongst proper methods to achieve this information are the statistical and empirical models capable of estimating soil frost penetration depth. Therefore, the main objective of this research is to calculate soil frost penetration depth in northwest of Iran during the year 2007-2008 to validate two different models accuracy. To do so, the relationship between air and soil temperature in different depths (5-10-20-30-50-100 cm) at three times of the day (3, 9, and 15 GMT) for 14 weather stations over 7 provinces was analyzed using linear regression. Then, two different air freezing indices (AFIs) including Norwegian and Finn AFI was implemented. Finally, the frost penetration depth was calculated by McKeown method and the accuracy of models determined by actual soil frost penetration depth. The results demonstrated that there is a significant correlation between air and soil depth temperature in all studied stations up to the 30 cm under the surface. Also, according to the results, Norwegian index can be effectively used for determination of soil frost depth penetration and the correlation coefficient between actual and estimated soil frost penetration depth is r = 0.92 while the Finn index overestimates the frost depth in all stations with correlation coefficient r = 0.70.

  12. Past and future changes in frost day indices on Catskill Mountain Region of New York

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    Changes in frost indices in the New Yorks Catskill Mountains region, the location of water supply reservoirs for New York City, have potentially important implications. Frost day is defined as a day with Tmin < 0C. The objective of this study was to investigate past and predicted changes in minimu...

  13. Importance of soil frost and winter climate for dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in northern boreal soils

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    Haei, M.; quist, M.; Laudon, H.

    2011-12-01

    In many northern latitude regions, riparian soils are significant sources of DOC to the adjacent streams and exert a major control on stream water chemistry. As the winter climate in northern regions is predicted to be particularly affected by climate change, it is important to investigate the sensitivity of DOC in riparian soils. We conducted an eight year field-scale soil frost manipulation experiment (deep soil frost, shallow soil frost and control) to investigate the impacts of soil frost and winter conditions on the concentration and quality of DOC in riparian soil water in a boreal forest of northern Sweden. The effect of soil freezing on DOC was further investigated in a laboratory experiment on the riparian soil samples. In the laboratory experiment, we studied several combinations of four freezing related factors: low experiment temperature, water content, experiment duration and frequency of freeze-thaw cycles. Deeper and longer soil frost significantly increased the soil water DOC concentrations (up to twice) and lability in the upper soil horizons, compared to shallower and shorter soil frost. In the laboratory experiment, similar responses of soil water DOC were observed in which the highest concentration and lability were observed in the samples incubated in the lowest temperatures (-12C). Furthermore, fungal growth rate and soil basal respiration responded positively to soil frost induced increase in DOC concentration. The frequency of freeze-thaw cycle did not appear to be an influential factor in the laboratory experiment. Several significant interactions of the factors were also detected. In addition, we studied the alterations in soil water DOC concentrations as the soil frost expanded downwards in a mire profile during the soil frost season (Nov-May). As the soil frost deepened from Nov to Feb, the soil water DOC concentrations below the ice increased. At soil frost thaw in May, the DOC concentrations decreased to the initial levels measured at the onset of soil frost formation. In a complementary freeze-out experiment in the laboratory, we observed that DOC concentrations in the unfrozen water enhanced as the frozen proportion of the sample increased, so that the DOC concentrations doubled when 75% of the sample was frozen. Here we highlight the importance of soil frost regime and winter climatic conditions for regulating DOC in riparian forest soils and in mires in seasonally frozen soils. However, to assess the sensitivity of soil DOC to climate change, the complex interactions of air temperature, snow depth and soil frost together with changes in hydrology and soil microbial community should be taken into account.

  14. Computations on frost damage to Scots pine under climatic warming in boreal conditions

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    Kellomaeki, S.; Haenninen, H.; Kolstroem, M.

    1995-02-01

    To investigate the risk of frost damage to Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) in northern regions under climatic warming, a submodel for such damage to trees was included in a forest ecosystem model of the gap type. An annual growth multiplier describing the effects of frost was calculated with the help of simulated daily frost hardiness and daily minimum temperature. The annual growth multiplier was used in the main ecosystem model when simulating the development of a tree stand using a time step of one year. Simulations of the growth and development of Scots pine stands in southern Finland (61{degrees} N) under an elevating temperature indicated that climatic warming could increase the risk of frost damage due to premature onset of growth during warm spells in the late winter and early spring. Risk of frost damage implies uncertainty in yield expectations from boreal forest ecosystems in the event of climatic warming. 38 refs., 9 figs., 4 tabs.

  15. Activating the Microscale Edge Effect in a Hierarchical Surface for Frosting Suppression and Defrosting Promotion

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    Chen, Xuemei; Ma, Ruiyuan; Zhou, Hongbo; Zhou, Xiaofeng; Che, Lufeng; Yao, Shuhuai; Wang, Zuankai

    2013-01-01

    Despite extensive progress, current icephobic materials are limited by the breakdown of their icephobicity in the condensation frosting environment. In particular, the frost formation over the entire surface is inevitable as a result of undesired inter-droplet freezing wave propagation initiated by the sample edges. Moreover, the frost formation directly results in an increased frost adhesion, posing severe challenges for the subsequent defrosting process. Here, we report a hierarchical surface which allows for interdroplet freezing wave propagation suppression and efficient frost removal. The enhanced performances are mainly owing to the activation of the microscale edge effect in the hierarchical surface, which increases the energy barrier for ice bridging as well as engendering the liquid lubrication during the defrosting process. We believe the concept of harnessing the surface morphology to achieve superior performances in two opposite phase transition processes might shed new light on the development of novel materials for various applications. PMID:23981909

  16. Managing Potato Biodiversity to Cope with Frost Risk in the High Andes: A Modeling Perspective

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    Condori, Bruno; Hijmans, Robert J.; Ledent, Jean Francois; Quiroz, Roberto

    2014-01-01

    Austral summer frosts in the Andean highlands are ubiquitous throughout the crop cycle, causing yield losses. In spite of the existing warming trend, climate change models forecast high variability, including freezing temperatures. As the potato center of origin, the region has a rich biodiversity which includes a set of frost resistant genotypes. Four contrasting potato genotypes –representing genetic variability- were considered in the present study: two species of frost resistant native potatoes (the bitter Solanum juzepczukii, var. Luki, and the non-bitter Solanum ajanhuiri, var. Ajanhuiri) and two commercial frost susceptible genotypes (Solanum tuberosum ssp. tuberosum var. Alpha and Solanum tuberosum ssp. andigenum var. Gendarme). The objective of the study was to conduct a comparative growth analysis of four genotypes and modeling their agronomic response under frost events. It included assessing their performance under Andean contrasting agroecological conditions. Independent subsets of data from four field experiments were used to parameterize, calibrate and validate a potato growth model. The validated model was used to ascertain the importance of biodiversity, represented by the four genotypes tested, as constituents of germplasm mixtures in single plots used by local farmers, a coping strategy in the face of climate variability. Also scenarios with a frost routine incorporated in the model were constructed. Luki and Ajanhuiri were the most frost resistant varieties whereas Alpha was the most susceptible. Luki and Ajanhuiri, as monoculture, outperformed the yield obtained with the mixtures under severe frosts. These results highlight the role played by local frost tolerant varieties, and featured the management importance –e.g. clean seed, strategic watering- to attain the yields reported in our experiments. The mixtures of local and introduced potatoes can thus not only provide the products demanded by the markets but also reduce the impact of frosts and thus the vulnerability of the system to abiotic stressors. PMID:24497912

  17. Managing potato biodiversity to cope with frost risk in the high Andes: a modeling perspective.

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    Condori, Bruno; Hijmans, Robert J; Ledent, Jean Francois; Quiroz, Roberto

    2014-01-01

    Austral summer frosts in the Andean highlands are ubiquitous throughout the crop cycle, causing yield losses. In spite of the existing warming trend, climate change models forecast high variability, including freezing temperatures. As the potato center of origin, the region has a rich biodiversity which includes a set of frost resistant genotypes. Four contrasting potato genotypes--representing genetic variability--were considered in the present study: two species of frost resistant native potatoes (the bitter Solanum juzepczukii, var. Luki, and the non-bitter Solanum ajanhuiri, var. Ajanhuiri) and two commercial frost susceptible genotypes (Solanum tuberosum ssp. tuberosum var. Alpha and Solanum tuberosum ssp. andigenum var. Gendarme). The objective of the study was to conduct a comparative growth analysis of four genotypes and modeling their agronomic response under frost events. It included assessing their performance under Andean contrasting agroecological conditions. Independent subsets of data from four field experiments were used to parameterize, calibrate and validate a potato growth model. The validated model was used to ascertain the importance of biodiversity, represented by the four genotypes tested, as constituents of germplasm mixtures in single plots used by local farmers, a coping strategy in the face of climate variability. Also scenarios with a frost routine incorporated in the model were constructed. Luki and Ajanhuiri were the most frost resistant varieties whereas Alpha was the most susceptible. Luki and Ajanhuiri, as monoculture, outperformed the yield obtained with the mixtures under severe frosts. These results highlight the role played by local frost tolerant varieties, and featured the management importance--e.g. clean seed, strategic watering--to attain the yields reported in our experiments. The mixtures of local and introduced potatoes can thus not only provide the products demanded by the markets but also reduce the impact of frosts and thus the vulnerability of the system to abiotic stressors. PMID:24497912

  18. Evaluation and improvement of frost durability of clay bricks

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    Koroth, Surej Raghavan

    In cold regions like Canada, frost action was reported to be the major cause of disintegration of brick veneer. Two approaches to ensure frost durability of clay bricks were studied in this research. One involved the evaluation of durability, while the other studied the improvement of durability through impregnation. In order to carry out these studies, three major objectives were set out for this research. They were: (1) to develop an index to evaluate frost durability, (2) to investigate the feasibility of using nondestructive methods to evaluate durability, and (3) to study the effect of impregnation with different materials on improving durability. It was intended in this research to develop a general durability index for clay bricks, irrespective of the manufacturing process adopted. The performance of the brick was studied using laboratory freeze-thaw test. As the time and facility requirements necessary for the unidirectional freezing test were beyond the constraints which existed in this research, an accelerated omnidirectional freeze-thaw test was used. This fact must be considered while interpreting the results from the freeze-thaw test. The study carried out to compare the performance of existing durability indices showed that they had limitations in reliably assessing durability. Therefore new durability indices were developed based on water absorption properties of bricks. These indices were found to overcome the limitations of existing indices. The feasibility study on nondestructive evaluation of durability was carried out using ultrasonic pulse velocity. New durability provisions were derived based on pulse velocity, using ASTM C216 specifications. At this stage it can be used only along with the ASTM method but it can avoid the time consuming ASTM procedure in many cases. Studies on impregnated bricks showed that there was a general shifting of pore sizes towards lower diameter region. Paraffin impregnated brick showed excellent freeze-thaw performance. The bond between brick and mortar was found to have been adversely affected due to impregnation. But more studies using brick wall component are recommended before final conclusions are drawn on brick-mortar bond strength. Paraffin was found to be the most cost effective among the impregnating materials studied.

  19. Helicity Asymmetry in gamma p -> pi+ n with FROST

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    Steffen Strauch

    2012-04-01

    The main objective of the FROST experiment at Jefferson Lab is the study of baryon resonances. The polarization observable E for the reaction gamma p to pi+n has been measured as part of this program. A circularly polarized tagged photon beam with energies from 0.35 to 2.35 GeV was incident on a longitudinally polarized frozen-spin butanol target. The final-state pions were detected with the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer. Preliminary polarization data agree fairly well with present SAID and MAID partial-wave analyses at low photon energies. In most of the covered energy range, however, significant deviations are observed. These discrepancies underline the crucial importance of polarization observables to further constrain these analyses.

  20. A search for frosts in Comet Bowell /1980b/

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    Campins, H.; Lebofsky, L. A.; Rieke, G. H.; Lebofsky, M. J.

    1982-01-01

    Infrared observations of Comet Bowell represent the first search for frost signatures in a comet beyond 2 AU from the sun. Broad- and narrowband photometry has been obtained as well as CVF spectrophotometry of this comet and there is no evidence for absorption features in the spectral area between 1.25 and 2.3 microns. Models of the coma have been generated which constrain the volatile content of the grains an; are in agreement with the observed albedo. The darkness of the coma particles at large heliocentric distances indicates a low albedo nucleus as well. Brightness variations during the observing period seem to indicate an active nucleus at 4.5 AU from the sun.

  1. Helicity asymmetry E in ?p-->?+n with FROST

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    Strauch, Steffen; CLAS Collaboration

    2012-04-01

    The main objective of the FROST experiment at Jefferson Lab is the study of baryon resonances. The polarization observable E for the reaction ?p??+n has been measured as part of this program. A circularly polarized tagged photon beam with energies from 0.35 to 2.35 GeV was incident on a longitudinally polarized frozen-spin butanol target. The final-state pions were detected with the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer. Preliminary polarization data agree fairly well with present SAID and MAID partial-wave analyses at low photon energies. In most of the covered energy range, however, significant deviations are observed. These discrepancies underline the crucial importance of polarization observables to further constrain these analyses.

  2. Characterization of frost susceptibility of soils by mercury porosimetry

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    Haiying Fu; Dash, J.G. . Dept. of Physics)

    1993-09-01

    Mercury porosimetry is described as a method for rapid and detailed prediction of the water-ice phase fraction in porous media. The mercury volume-intrusion pressure approximates the functional dependence of the ice volume-temperature curve in the range most important for frost heave, i.e., within a few degrees of the transition. The method was tested by comparing porosimetry-based predicted freezing curves against direct measurements of the ice-water ratio by time domain reflectometry, for several types of artificial powders and natural soils. The technique includes a simple method of correction for tile effects of solutes in the dilute range. Except for compression effects produced in powders of very fine particles, the soil freezing curve (SFC) predicted on the basis of mercury porosimetry is found to be in very good agreement with the directly measured freezing curves.

  3. Early spring, severe frost events, and drought induce rapid carbon loss in high elevation meadows.

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    Arnold, Chelsea; Ghezzehei, Teamrat A; Berhe, Asmeret Asefaw

    2014-01-01

    By the end of the 20th century, the onset of spring in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California has been occurring on average three weeks earlier than historic records. Superimposed on this trend is an increase in the presence of highly anomalous "extreme" years, where spring arrives either significantly late or early. The timing of the onset of continuous snowpack coupled to the date at which the snowmelt season is initiated play an important role in the development and sustainability of mountain ecosystems. In this study, we assess the impact of extreme winter precipitation variation on aboveground net primary productivity and soil respiration over three years (2011 to 2013). We found that the duration of snow cover, particularly the timing of the onset of a continuous snowpack and presence of early spring frost events contributed to a dramatic change in ecosystem processes. We found an average 100% increase in soil respiration in 2012 and 2103, compared to 2011, and an average 39% decline in aboveground net primary productivity observed over the same time period. The overall growing season length increased by 57 days in 2012 and 61 days in 2013. These results demonstrate the dependency of these keystone ecosystems on a stable climate and indicate that even small changes in climate can potentially alter their resiliency. PMID:25207640

  4. Early Spring, Severe Frost Events, and Drought Induce Rapid Carbon Loss in High Elevation Meadows

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    Arnold, Chelsea; Ghezzehei, Teamrat A.; Berhe, Asmeret Asefaw

    2014-01-01

    By the end of the 20th century, the onset of spring in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California has been occurring on average three weeks earlier than historic records. Superimposed on this trend is an increase in the presence of highly anomalous “extreme” years, where spring arrives either significantly late or early. The timing of the onset of continuous snowpack coupled to the date at which the snowmelt season is initiated play an important role in the development and sustainability of mountain ecosystems. In this study, we assess the impact of extreme winter precipitation variation on aboveground net primary productivity and soil respiration over three years (2011 to 2013). We found that the duration of snow cover, particularly the timing of the onset of a continuous snowpack and presence of early spring frost events contributed to a dramatic change in ecosystem processes. We found an average 100% increase in soil respiration in 2012 and 2103, compared to 2011, and an average 39% decline in aboveground net primary productivity observed over the same time period. The overall growing season length increased by 57 days in 2012 and 61 days in 2013. These results demonstrate the dependency of these keystone ecosystems on a stable climate and indicate that even small changes in climate can potentially alter their resiliency. PMID:25207640

  5. Balloon borne observations of backscatter, frost point and ozone in polar stratospheric clouds at the South Pole

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    Rosen, J.M.; Kjome, N.T. ); Oltmans, S.J. )

    1991-02-01

    Concurrent backscatter and ozone measurements were made with near-simultaneous frost point soundings over the South Pole when the center of the 1990 winter vortex was at or very near that location. The initial water vapor concentration in the stratosphere was {approximately}5ppmv and decreased to {approximately}1.5-2.0 ppmv as cooling took place. By mid-July the stratospheric temperature had decreased to the frost point and heavy polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) activity was observed presumably due to the condensation of water vapor. The lowest water vapor concentrations observed correspond to saturated air at the lowest temperatures encountered. The slow recovery of the water vapor concentration during spring warming indicates that the 12 to 22 km altitude region in the vortex is not readily penetrated by outside air. The observed large decrease in PSC backscatter above {approximately}14 km before the stratosphere began to warm is consistent with loss of particles by sedimentation leading to significant dehydration and denitrification. The region of PSC activity in July is noted to be in the same region in which ozone depletion and the persistent dehydration is observed later in the year. At the end of August heavy PSC activity was observed in the lower stratosphere and upper troposphere, consistent with earlier observations from NASA aircraft. These lower clouds were in a region that apparently was still experiencing cooling. No compelling evidence was found surrounding earlier claims that PSC layers are anti-correlated with ozone inside the vortex.

  6. Seasonal frost effects on the dynamic behavior of a twenty-story office building

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    Yang, Z.; Dutta, U.; Xiong, F.; Biswas, N.; Benz, H.

    2008-01-01

    Studies have shown that seasonal frost can significantly affect the seismic behavior of a bridge foundation system in cold regions. However, little information could be found regarding seasonal frost effects on the dynamic behavior of buildings. Based on the analysis of building vibration data recorded by a permanent strong-motion instrumentation system, the objective of this paper is to show that seasonal frost can impact the building dynamic behavior and the magnitude of impact may be different for different structures. Ambient noise and seismic data recorded on a twenty-story steel-frame building have been analyzed to examine the building dynamic characteristics in relationship to the seasonal frost and other variables including ground shaking intensity. Subsequently, Finite Element modeling of the foundation-soil system and the building superstructure was conducted to verify the seasonal frost effects. The Finite Element modeling was later extended to a reinforced-concrete (RC) type building assumed to exist at a similar site as the steel-frame building. Results show that the seasonal frost has great impact on the foundation stiffness in the horizontal direction and a clear influence on the building dynamic behavior. If other conditions remain the same, the effects of seasonal frost on structural dynamic behavior may be much more prominent for RC-type buildings than for steel-frame buildings. ?? 2007 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  7. Measurement of frost characteristics on heat exchanger fins. Part 1: Test facility and instrumentation

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    Thomas, L.; Chen, H.; Besant, R.W.

    1999-07-01

    A special test facility was developed to characterize frost growing on heat exchanger fins where the cold surfaces and the air supply conditions were similar to those experienced in freezers, i.e., cold surface temperatures ranging from {minus}35 C to {minus}40 C, air supply temperatures from {minus}10 C to {minus}20 C, and 80% to 100% relative humidity (RH). This test facility included a test section with removable fins to measure the frost height and mass concentration. Frost height on heat exchanger fins was measured using a new automated laser scanning system to measure the height of frost and its distribution on selected fins. The increase in air pressure loss resulting from frost growth on the fins was measured directly in the test loop. The frost mass accumulation distribution was measured for each test using special pre-etched fins that could be easily subdivided and weighed. The total heat rate was measured using a heat flux meter. These frost-measuring instruments were calibrated and the uncertainty of each is stated.

  8. Habitat characteristics of adult frosted elfins (Callophrys irus) in sandplain communities of southeastern Massachusetts, USA

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    Albanese, G.; Vickery, P.D.; Sievert, P.R.

    2007-01-01

    Changes to land use and disturbance frequency threaten disturbance-dependent Lepidoptera within sandplain habitats of the northeastern United States. The frosted elfin (Callophrys irus) is a rare and declining monophagous butterfly that is found in xeric open habitats maintained by disturbance. We surveyed potential habitat for adult frosted elfins at four sites containing frosted elfin populations in southeastern Massachusetts, United States. Based on the survey data, we used kernel density estimation to establish separate adult frosted elfin density classes, and then used regression tree analysis to describe the relationship between density and habitat features. Adult frosted elfin density was greatest when the host plant, wild indigo (Baptisia tinctoria), density was >2.6 plants/m2 and tree canopy cover was <29%. Frosted elfin density was inversely related to tree cover and declined when the density of wild indigo was <2.6 plants/m2 and shrub cover was ???16%. Even small quantities of non-native shrub cover negatively affected elfin densities. This effect was more pronounced when native herbaceous cover was <36%. Our results indicate that management for frosted elfins should aim to increase both wild indigo density and native herbaceous cover and limit native tree and shrub cover in open sandplain habitats. Elimination of non-native shrub cover is also recommended because of the negative effects of even low non-native shrub cover on frosted elfin densities. The maintenance of patches of early successional sandplain habitat with the combination of low tree and shrub cover, high host plant densities, and the absence of non-native shrubs appears essential for frosted elfin persistence, but may also be beneficial for a number of other rare sandplain insects and plant species. ?? 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Ice/frost/debris assessment for space shuttle mission STS-26R

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    Stevenson, Charles G.; Katnik, Gregory N.; Higginbotham, Scott A.

    1988-01-01

    An Ice/Frost/Debris Assessment was conducted for Space Shuttle Mission STS-26R. Debris inspections of the flight elements and launch pad are performed before and after launch. Ice/Frost conditions are assessed by use of computer programs, nomographs, and infrared scanner data during cryogenic loading of the vehicle followed by an on-pad visual inspection. High speed photography is viewed after launch to identify ice/debris sources and evaluate potential vehicle damage. The Ice/Frost/Debris conditions of Mission 26R and their effect on the Space Shuttle Program is documented.

  10. Use of Frost sutures in an orbital trauma patient with extensive conjunctival oedema and pseudoproptosis.

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    Krishnan, R; Izadi, S; Morton, C E; Marsh, I B

    2007-07-01

    Frost sutures are temporary suspension sutures conventionally used in oculoplastics. The case is presented here of a patient with multiple orbital fractures who developed worsening conjunctival chemosis and pseudoproptosis. This patient was managed successfully with Frost sutures. To the best of the authors' knowledge, there is no documented use of Frost sutures in this type of case. It is emphasized that this technique should only be considered following rigorous exclusion of retrobulbar pathology and careful attention towards early detection of raised intraocular pressure. PMID:17391921

  11. KSC ice/frost/debris assessment for space shuttle mission STS-29R

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    Stevenson, Charles G.; Katnik, Gregory N.; Higginbotham, Scott A.

    1989-01-01

    An ice/frost/debris assessment was conducted for Space Shuttle Mission STS-29R. Debris inspections of the flight elements and launch pad are performed before and after launch. Ice/frost conditions on the external tank are assessed by the use of computer programs, nomographs, and infrared scanner data during cryogenic loading of the vehicle followed by an on-pad visual inspection. High speed photography is analyzed after launch to identify ice/debris sources and evaluate potential vehicle damage. The ice/frost/debris conditions of Mission STS-29R and their effect on the Space Shuttle Program are documented.

  12. Ice/frost/debris assessment for space shuttle mission STS-27R, December 2, 1988

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    Katnik, Gregory N.; Higginbotham, Scott A.

    1989-01-01

    An Ice/Frost/Debris assessment was conducted for Space Shuttle Mission STS-27R. Debris inspections of the flight elements and launch pad are performed before and after launch. Ice/frost conditions are assessed by the use of computer programs, nomographs, and infrared scanner data during cryogenic loading of the vehicle followed by an on-pad visual inspection. High speed photography is viewed after launch to identify ice/debris sources and evaluate potential vehicle damage. The Ice/Frost/Debris conditions of Mission STS-27R and their effect on the Space Shuttle Program are documented.

  13. Backscattering from frost on icy satellites in the outer solar system

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    Verbiscer, Anne; Helfenstein, Paul; Veverka, Joseph

    1990-01-01

    Two extreme models are presented of how frost and ice might be intermixed on a typical satellite surface: areal and intimate mixing. Applying such models to selected representative satellite data, it is found that the frost component of the surfaces of these outer satellites must itself be backscattering, unlike its terrestrial counterpart. The difference may arise because frost particles can have much more complex internal textures under the low-temperature and low-gravity conditions of the outer satellites than is the case on earth.

  14. Stability of polar frosts in spherical bowl-shaped craters on the moon, Mercury, and Mars

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    Ingersoll, Andrew P.; Svitek, Tomas; Murray, Bruce C.

    1992-01-01

    A model of spherical bowl-shaped craters is described and applied to the moon, Mercury, and Mars. The maximum temperature of permanently shadowed areas are calculated using estimates of the depth/diameter ratios of typical lunar bowl-shaped craters and assuming a saturated surface in which the craters are completely overlapping. For Mars, two cases are considered: water frost in radiative equilibrium and subliming CO2 frost in vapor equilibrium. Energy budgets and temperatures are used to determine whether a craterlike depression loses mass faster or slower than a flat horizontal surface. This reveals qualitatively whether the frost surface becomes rougher or smoother as it sublimes.

  15. KSC ice/frost/debris assessment for Space Shuttle Mission STS-30R

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    Stevenson, Charles G.; Katnik, Gregory N.; Higginbotham, Scott A.

    1989-01-01

    An ice/frost/debris assessment was conducted for Space Shuttle Mission STS-30R. Debris inspections of the flight elements and launch pad are performed before and after launch. Ice/frost conditions on the external tank are assessed by the use of computer programs, nomographs, and infrared scanner data during cryogenic loading of the vehicle followed by an on-pad visual inspection. High speed photography is analyzed after launch to identify ice/debris sources and evaluate potential vehicle damage. The ice/frost/debris conditions of Mission STS-30R and their overall effect on the Space Shuttle Program is documented.

  16. Magnetization dynamics in the presence of pure spin currents in magnetic single and double layers in spin ballistic and diffusive regimes.

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    Mosendz, O.; Woltersdorf, G.; Kardasz, B.; Heinrich, B.; Back, C. H.; Materials Science Division; Univ. Regensburg; Simon Fraser Univ.

    2009-01-01

    In this paper we study the spin transport by using the spin-pumping effect in epitaxial magnetic single and double layer film structures. For the magnetic single layer sample we show the spin-pumping-induced interface damping increases and saturates with the Au capping layer thickness. In addition magnetic double layer structures allowed us to investigate both the spin-pump and spin-sink effects. Coupling of pure spin currents to the magnetization via spin-sink effect is studied using time-resolved magneto-optical Kerr effect. These measurements were used to study the propagation of pure spin currents across a Au spacer layer between the two ferromagnets. The propagation of spin momentum density through the Au spacer layer was well described by spin-diffusion equation, which takes into account electron momentum and spin-flip scattering. The spin-diffusion theory was integrated into modified Landau-Lifshitz equations accounting in self-consistent manner for spin-pump/sink mechanism and spin momentum density propagation. Good agreement between theory and experimental data was found.

  17. Mariner 9 observations of the south polar cap of Mars - Evidence for residual CO2 frost

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    Paige, D. A.; Herkenhoff, K. E.; Murray, B. C.

    1990-01-01

    The first spacecraft observations of the south residual polar cap of Mars were obtained by the Mariner 9 orbiter during the Martian southern summer season, 1971-1972. Analyses of Viking orbiter observations obtained 3 Mars years later have shown that residual carbon dioxide frost was present at the south polar cap in 1977. In this study, Mariner 9 infrared interferometer spectrometer spectra and television camera images are used in conjuction with multispectral thermal emission models to constrain the temperatures of dark bare ground and bright frost regions within the south residual cap. The results provide strong evidence that carbon dioxide frost was present throughout the summer season despite the fact that the residual frost deposits observed by Mariner 9 were less extensive than those observed by Viking.

  18. Infrared spectroscopy of Comet Kohoutek. [and reflection studies of frost spectra

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    Fink, U.

    1975-01-01

    Interferometry observations from 90-in. and 61-in. telescopes tracking the Comet Kohoutek are summarized. Laboratory reflection studies of ices potentially useful for future cometary work were conducted. The frosts studied included: H2O, CO2 NH3, H2S, CH4, NH4HS, and ammonia polysulfide. The frost spectra show remarkable changes with the temperatures, particularly in the case of hydrogen sulfide. Additional analysis found the variation in the H2S ice spectrum to be due to a phase change from a low temperature tetragonal unit cube to a higher temperature face-centered cubic structure. The spectra data indicate that if frost spectra are required for comparison with observed cometary or planetary absorption, the temperature of the frost must be matched.

  19. Mariner 9 observations of the south polar CAP of Mars - Evidence for residual CO2 frost

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    Paige, D. A.; Herkenhoff, K. E.; Murray, B. C.

    1990-02-01

    The first spacecraft observations of the south residual polar cap of Mars were obtained by the Mariner 9 orbiter during the Martian southern summer season, 1971-1972. Analyses of Viking orbiter observations obtained 3 Mars years later have shown that residual carbon dioxide frost was present at the south polar cap in 1977. In this study, Mariner 9 infrared interferometer spectrometer spectra and television camera images are used in conjuction with multispectral thermal emission models to constrain the temperatures of dark bare ground and bright frost regions within the south residual cap. The results provide strong evidence that carbon dioxide frost was present throughout the summer season despite the fact that the residual frost deposits observed by Mariner 9 were less extensive than those observed by Viking.

  20. CO_2 Frost Halos on the South Polar Residual Cap of Mars

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    Becerra, P.; Byrne, S.; HiRISE Team

    2012-03-01

    We present observational analysis, and a numerical model to explain the formation of bright CO_2 frost halos seen by HiRISE on the edges of scarps and "swiss cheese" features in the south polar residual cap of Mars.

  1. Laboratory studies of the diffuse reflectance spectra of frosts and minerals occurring on astronomical objects

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    Glaser, F. M.

    1978-01-01

    A vacuum monochromator was integrated into the system and optics chosen to increase data collection in the infrared spectral region. Using a InSb detector, good reflectance data was obtained to 5.5 micron from a variety of samples including magnesium oxide, barium sulfate, water frost and Bloedite. Magnesium oxide was found to be a poorer reflector than the barium sulfate throughout the visible and near infrared region. The barium sulfate material was shown to be a Lambert reflector in the visible region and over an angular range of 60 deg. Several samples of water frost were prepared and in reflectance measured from 0.3 micron to 5.5 microm. The fine grained frosts were better reflectors than the coarse grained frosts, usually by 20 percent or more, over the entire spectral range. The minerals Bloedite and sulfur were also investigated further.

  2. Ensemble analysis of frost damage on vegetation caused by spring backlashes in a warmer Europe

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    Jönsson, A. M.; Bärring, L.

    2011-02-01

    Tree dehardening and budburst will occur earlier in a warmer climate, and this could lead to an increased risk of frost damage caused by temperature backlashes. By using a spring backlash index and a cold hardiness model, we assessed different aspects of risk for frost damage in Norway spruce forests during the present climate and for one future emission scenario. Uncertainties associated with climate modelling were quantified by using temperature data from three climate data sets: (1) E-Obs gridded observed climate data, (2) an ensemble of data from eight regional climate models (RCM) forced by ERA-40 reanalysis data, (3) an ensemble of regional climate scenarios produced by the regional climate model RCA3 driven at the boundary conditions by seven global climate models (GCM), all representing the SRES A1B emission scenario. The frost risk was analysed for three periods, 1961-1990, 2011-2040 and 2070-2097. The RCA3_GCM ensemble indicated that the risk for spring frost damage may increase in the boreo-nemoral forest zone of southern Scandinavia and the Baltic states/Belarus. This is due to an increased frequency of backlashes, lower freezing temperatures after the onset of the vegetation period and the last spring frost occurring when the trees are closer to budburst. The changes could be transient due to the fine balance between an increased risk of frost damage caused by dehardening during a period when freezing temperatures are common and a decreased risk caused by warmer temperatures. In the nemoral zone, the zone with highest risk for spring backlashes during the reference period (1961-1990), the spring frost severity may increase due to frost events occurring when the trees are closer to budburst. However, the risk in terms of frequency of backlashes and freezing temperature were projected to become lower already in the beginning of this century.

  3. Climate Change Impacts on Snow and Soil Frost Depth and Duration in Southern Wisconsin, USA

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    Murdock, E. A.; Potter, K. W.

    2013-12-01

    Soil frost plays a critical role in moderating the partitioning of precipitation in cold climates. Frozen soils show reduced infiltration and increased runoff and erosion, and frost can play a significant role in nutrient cycling. Frost formation, in turn, is strongly influenced by air temperature and by the depth of insulating snow cover. Understanding how the interactions between changes in temperature and precipitation impact frost and snow depth is therefore important to predictions of climate change impacts on water resources. We drove the one-dimensional Simultaneous Heat and Water (SHAW) model with a suite of four dynamically downscaled climate models based on the SRES A2 emissions scenario from the North American Climate Change Assessment Program (NARCCAP). Our modeling predicts that frost and snow cover depth and duration will decline in the future period (2041-2069) relative to the historical period (1971-1999) in southern Wisconsin, USA, despite an overall increase in winter precipitation. The magnitude of these declines varies significantly between climate models, however; with mean annual maximum snow depth change varying between -6.6 and -25.6cm, and mean annual maximum frost depth change in silt loam soils varying between -0.3 and -10cm. Frost duration is reduced in silt loam soils from 85-97 days to 44-69 days. Our modeling also shows significant reductions in runoff and increases in recharge during the winter and spring periods. These results are robust across a variety of soil types, and are attributable to the modeled changes in frost depth and duration.

  4. Statistical Evaluation of Potential Damage to the Al(OH)3 Layer on nTiO2 Particles in the Presence of Swimming Pool and Seawater

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    Nanosized TiO2 particles (nTiO2) are usually coated with an Al(OH)3 layer when used in sunscreen to shield against the harmful effects of free radicals that are generated when these particles are exposed to UV radiation. Therefore, it is vital to ...

  5. Polarization Observables in the --> --> -->?+?- p Reaction from FROST

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    Strauch, Steffen; Jiang, Hao; Mao, Yuqing; Net, Aneta; CLAS Collaboration

    2013-10-01

    Double-pion photoproduction is an important tool in the study of baryon resonances. It dominates the total photoabsorption cross section above the second resonance region and allows the study of resonance decay properties. The --> --> -->?+?p reaction has been measured in Hall B at Jefferson Lab with linearly and circularly polarized tagged photon beams incident on longitudinally and transversely polarized protons. The experiment covered center-of-mass energies between 1.4 GeV and 2.3 GeV. The target was a FROzen Spin Target (FROST) and the final-state particles were detected by the CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS). Linear combinations of polarized yields have been used for the extraction of the single-, Pz, I?, and double- polarization observables, Px, y ?, Pzc , s . Most of these observables were extracted for the first time. Calculations of an effective Lagrangian model have been compared with the preliminary results and resemble some features of the data. The data will constrain model calculations and test our understanding of nucleon structure by establishing reaction amplitudes. The data will thus improve our knowledge of photocouplings, hadronic resonance decays, and possibly help to identify new baryon resonances. Supported in parts by the U.S. National Science Foundation: NSF PHY-1205782.

  6. Frost resistance of concrete surfaces coated with waterproofing materials

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    Klovas, A.; Dauksys, M.; Ciuprovaite, G.

    2015-03-01

    Present research lays emphasis on the problem of concrete surface exposed to aggressive surrounding quality. The test was conducted with concrete surfaces coated with different waterproofing materials exposed in solution of 3 % of sodium sulphate. Research was performed according to LST EN 1338:2003 standard requirements. Technological properties of concrete mixture as well as physical-mechanical properties of formed concrete specimens were established. The resistance of concrete to freezing - thawing cycles was prognosticated according to the porosity parameters established by the kinetic of water absorption. Five different waterproofing materials (coatings) such as liquid bitumen-rubber based, elastic fiber-strengthened, silane-siloxane based emulsion, mineral binder based and liquid rubber (caoutchouc) based coatings were used. Losses by mass of coating materials and specimens surface fractures were calculated based on the results of frost resistance test. Open code program "ImageJ" was used for visual analysis of concrete specimens. Based on the results, aggressive surrounding did not influence specimens coated with elastic, fibre-strengthened, mineral materials. On the other hand, specimens coated with liquid rubber (caoutchouc) based material were greatly influenced by aggressive surrounding. The biggest losses of specimen surface concrete (fractures) were obtained with silane-siloxane based emulsion coating. Generally, specimens coated with waterproofing materials were less influenced by aggressive surrounding compared with those without.

  7. Intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution from a high frequency mode in the presence of an internal rotor: Classical thick-layer diffusion and quantum localization

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    Manikandan, Paranjothy; Keshavamurthy, Srihari

    2007-08-01

    We study the effect of an internal rotor on the classical and quantum intramolecular vibrational energy redistribution (IVR) dynamics of a model system with three degrees of freedom. The system is based on a Hamiltonian proposed by Martens and Reinhardt [J. Chem. Phys. 93, 5621 (1990)] to study IVR in the excited electronic state of para-fluorotoluene. We explicitly construct the state space and show, confirming the mechanism proposed by Martens and Reinhardt, that an excited high frequency mode relaxes via diffusion along a thick layer of chaos created by the low frequency-rotor interactions. However, the corresponding quantum dynamics exhibits no appreciable relaxation of the high frequency mode. We attribute the quantum suppression of the classical thick-layer diffusion to the rotor selection rules and, possibly, dynamical localization effects.

  8. Layers in the Martian polar deposits and the climate connection

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    Fishbaugh, K.; Byrne, S.; Herkenhoff, K.; Russell, P.; Kirk, R.; Fortezzo, C.; McEwen, A.

    2008-09-01

    Abstract Since the polar layered deposits (PLD) likely contain the most complete record of relatively recent climate change on Mars, it is crucially important to obtain a realistic understanding of what a "layer" is and what its characteristics and stratigraphic position tell us about the contemporary martian climate. Using data from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, we reassess the methods by which layers within the NPLD could be defined and delineated. From these analyses, we find that the appearance of layers depends to a large degree on the distribution of younger, mantling deposits and on the shape and location of the particular outcrop. We have measured the thicknesses of several layers found to be similar to famous Marker Bed discovered by [1] using a high resolution DEM created from a HiRISE stereo pair. The thicknesses and separation distances of these layers and their observed morphologic characteristics hint at several possible but disparate climate connections. Defining "Layer" HiRISE has confirmed that apparent layer brightness is not necessarily indicative of the bulk composition of the layer [2]. Therefore, the bright and dark striping of the polar layers cannot be used alone to delineate layer boundaries. Additionally, there can exist several types of layers, defined by the means used to detect them: radar, visible images, thermal images, spectroscopic measurements, etc. Compositional layering, for example, will not necessarily exactly match visible layering. Different scales of layering also certainly exist. For example, Viking scale layers actually consist of packages of MOC scale layers, and annual layering cannot be observed from orbit. In this study, we define a "layer" as a stratum evident in images and topography that cannot be broken-up into thinner strata at the best data resolution available. As discussed below, we delineate the layers based on their morphologic appearance, topographic expression, and, to a lesser extent, on their apparent brightness. Controls on Layer Brightness Qualitatively, our observations indicate that apparent brightness depends largely on the presence of younger, mantling deposits of frost and dust. The distribution of this mantle in turn is controlled by trough shape (e.g., bends in the trough affecting wind direction), trough location (wind and illumination patterns), and roughness on the several meters scale. Fig. 1 illustrates that the small, meter-scale physical properties of the layers (aspect, roughness, and slope) have little effect on apparent brightness. The Marker Bed and other marker beds Malin and Edgett [1] easily traced a particular layer in three different images and thus named it the Marker Bed. Our observations of HiRISE images reveal other layers similar in appearance to the original Marker Bed; we suggest that these layers have a similar origin and name them "marker beds" as well. The marker beds are hummocky, exhibit linear erosional fluting on their upper edges, and, compared to the surrounding layers, are generally smoother, protrusive, and covered with less ice and frost. These beds correspond to layers previously identified by [3] in MOC images (but not recognized at the lower resolution to be marker beds) and correlated across the PLD. We have not, thus far, found any evidence of finer scale layering within the marker beds, indicating that they were either deposited quickly, as massive beds, or that the younger, mantling deposits are shrouding evidence of fine layering. Fig. 2 shows examples of the marker beds. We have also observed sets of thin (~1m and less) layers between the marker beds in all HiRISE images examined thus far, but erosion and the presence of the younger mantling deposits makes it difficult to count these layers and correlate them from place to place. Future work with more images to be taken during the upcoming northern summer season and with more DEMs should make that process easier and allow comparison with layering elsewhere on the planet. Delineating Layers Layer boundaries are not sharp at the HiRISE scale, partly because we are observing a gradual transition (vs. abrupt) of depositional style and partly because of the presence of the younger mantling deposits. Thus, detailed analysis of high resolution topography is necessary. Even this is not entirely straight forward, as the topographic expression of morphologically defined layers is highly variable. To measure layer thicknesses, we use several averaged sets of two profiles each and look for breaks in slope that occur in each profile and correspond closely to morphologic these data, we find that the six marker beds measured range in thickness from 5 to 10 m, and their separation distances are all ~20 m or ~ 30 m, similar to the dominant brightness wavelengths discovered by [4]. Climate Connection Interestingly, the ratio of the separation distances between the marker beds and the thinner layers (20,30:1) is similar to the ratio of the orbital inclination period to the climate precession period (23:1). Based on models of polar layer formation as controlled by changing orbital parameters [5], our observations of layer thicknesses and separations indicate that when a low orbital inclination coincides with a low obliquity, marker beds are formed, and when precession takes control (during short, warm northern winters) thinner layers are formed. This scenario might explain the layer thicknesses and separations, but it does not explain the apparent erosional resistance of the marker beds. The erosional resistance is most easily explained by formation during times of high obliquity. Each of the following (or a combination) could occur during higher obliquities and could produce erosionallyresistant layers: layer ablation and consequent buildup of a dusty lag, increased atmospheric dust content creating dustier layers, or ice grain metamorphism and the growth of (or annealing of grains to form) larger ice crystals. References [1] Malin, M. and K. Edgett (2001), JGR 106, 23429. [2] Herkenhoff, K. et al. (2007), Science 317, 1711. [3] Fishbaugh, K. and C. Hvidberg (2006), JGR 111 (E06012). [4] Milkovich, S. and J. Head (2006), JGR 110 (E5). [5] Cutts, J. and B. Lewis (1982), Icarus 50, 216.

  9. Germination and seedling frost tolerance differ between the native and invasive range in common ragweed.

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    Leiblein-Wild, Marion Carmen; Kaviani, Rana; Tackenberg, Oliver

    2014-03-01

    Germination characteristics and frost tolerance of seedlings are crucial parameters for establishment and invasion success of plants. The characterization of differences between populations in native and invasive ranges may improve our understanding of range expansion and adaptation. Here, we investigated germination characteristics of Ambrosia artemisiifolia L., a successful invader in Europe, under a temperature gradient between 5 and 25 C. Besides rate and speed of germination we determined optimal, minimal and maximal temperature for germination of ten North American and 17 European populations that were sampled along major latitudinal and longitudinal gradients. We furthermore investigated the frost tolerance of seedlings. Germination rate was highest at 15 C and germination speed was highest at 25 C. Germination rate, germination speed, frost tolerance of seedlings, and the temperature niche width for germination were significantly higher and broader, respectively, for European populations. This was partly due to a higher seed mass of these populations. Germination traits lacked evidence for adaptation to climatic variables at the point of origin for both provenances. Instead, in the native range, seedling frost tolerance was positively correlated with the risk of frosts which supports the assumption of local adaptation. The increased frost tolerance of European populations may allow germination earlier in the year which may subsequently lead to higher biomass allocation--due to a longer growing period--and result in higher pollen and seed production. The increase in germination rates, germination speed and seedling frost tolerance might result in a higher fitness of the European populations which may facilitate further successful invasion and enhance the existing public health problems associated with this species. PMID:24197990

  10. Characterizing the frost sensitivity of black spruce photosynthesis during cold acclimation.

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    Gaumont-Guay, D; Margolis, H A; Bigras, F J; Raulier, F

    2003-04-01

    We used photosynthetic light response curves to measure and model the responses of two provenances of 3-year-old black spruce (Picea mariana (Mill.) BSP) seedlings to severe artificial frost treatments applied at 2-week intervals during cold acclimation. Black spruce seedlings responded to cold acclimation with long-term suppression of photosynthetic capacity (Amax) and apparent quantum-use efficiency (alpha'). Short-term reductions in both photosynthetic parameters following frost treatments were dependent on the extent of cold acclimation of the seedlings and the severity of the frost treatments. Large reductions in Amax in response to the frost treatments were observed in seedlings that had undergone little cold acclimation and these reductions were associated with an irreversible reduction in alpha'. Such seedlings recovered only partially during the subsequent 23 days, whereas seedlings in most other treatments showed complete recovery of Amax after 13 days. The impact of frost treatments on Amax and alpha' did not vary with seedling provenance. We propose an algorithm that predicts the combined effects of cold acclimation and severe freezing temperatures on the extent of the suppression of A(max) during autumn. The algorithm is based on (1) the maximum Amax observed during the growing season, (2) the accumulation of cold degree-days, based on a minimum nocturnal temperature < 5 degrees C, and (3) the severity of freezing temperatures during autumn. The parameters developed in the algorithm showed that cold acclimation of black spruce seedlings had a greater impact on the reduction of Amax in autumn than did the severe frost treatments. Mean Amax of seedlings subjected to artificial frosts showed a strong correlation with values predicted by the algorithm (r2 = 0.91). PMID:12615545

  11. Structural Analysis of the Redesigned Ice/Frost Ramp Bracket

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    Phillips, D. R.; Dawicke, D. S.; Gentz, S. J.; Roberts, P. W.; Raju, I. S.

    2007-01-01

    This paper describes the interim structural analysis of a redesigned Ice/Frost Ramp bracket for the Space Shuttle External Tank (ET). The proposed redesigned bracket consists of mounts for attachment to the ET wall, supports for the electronic/instrument cables and propellant repressurization lines that run along the ET, an upper plate, a lower plate, and complex bolted connections. The eight nominal bolted connections are considered critical in the summarized structural analysis. Each bolted connection contains a bolt, a nut, four washers, and a non-metallic spacer and block that are designed for thermal insulation. A three-dimensional (3D) finite element model of the bracket is developed using solid 10-node tetrahedral elements. The loading provided by the ET Project is used in the analysis. Because of the complexities associated with accurately modeling the bolted connections in the bracket, the analysis is performed using a global/local analysis procedure. The finite element analysis of the bracket identifies one of the eight bolted connections as having high stress concentrations. A local area of the bracket surrounding this bolted connection is extracted from the global model and used as a local model. Within the local model, the various components of the bolted connection are refined, and contact is introduced along the appropriate interfaces determined by the analysts. The deformations from the global model are applied as boundary conditions to the local model. The results from the global/local analysis show that while the stresses in the bolts are well within yield, the spacers fail due to compression. The primary objective of the interim structural analysis is to show concept viability for static thermal testing. The proposed design concept would undergo continued design optimization to address the identified analytical assumptions and concept shortcomings, assuming successful thermal testing.

  12. A Community Frost/Freeze Susceptibility Operational Guidance Tool

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    Hall, B. L.; Curtis, A.; Timlin, M.; Woloszyn, M.; Zaloudek, Z.; Hilberg, S.; Guinan, P.; Andresen, J.; Longstroth, M.; Wolf, R.; Shanklin, R.; Spoden, P.

    2013-12-01

    In response to historical costly and damaging freeze events in the north-central United States, the Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) has teamed up with the National Weather Service (NWS), State Climatologists, and land grant university Extension agricultural and horticultural specialists to develop an operational online guidance tool to help monitor, assess, and mitigate these extreme weather phenomena. The Vegetation Impact Program (VIP), hosted by the MRCC, was established in spring 2013 to provide a partnership opportunity among these stakeholders of vegetation and climate monitoring and assessment. It offers an online portal to operational assessment tools, a means of communicating status of vegetative growth and climate conditions in the region, and multiple methods of communicating between sectors and stakeholders. The Frost/Freeze Project is the first impact monitoring project within VIP and was inspired by NWS forecasters requesting help attaining decision-making assistance and guidance tools both within the NWS community and the community of vegetation experts. Early accomplishments have included: (1) the development of daily, operational climate monitoring maps based upon in situ atmospheric observations from the cooperative network (Co-op), (2) development of online guidance and impact reporting forms for VIP subscribers to submit their observations from both the field and forecasting offices, and (3) an email listserv for the VIP community to share general information. Future plans include expanding the spatial domain of the project to the 48 states, incorporating hourly observations from both national and local/state mesonets, and integrating digital forecast data real-time to provide vegetation susceptibility and risk guidance tools.

  13. Increasing frost risk associated with advanced citrus flowering dates in Kerman and Shiraz, Iran: 1960-2010

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    Fitchett, Jennifer M.; Grab, Stefan W.; Thompson, Dave I.; Roshan, Gholamreza

    2014-10-01

    Flowering dates and the timing of late season frost are both driven by local ambient temperatures. However, under climatic warming observed over the past century, it remains uncertain how such impacts affect frost risk associated with plant phenophase shifts. Any increase in frost frequency or severity has the potential to damage flowers and their resultant yields and, in more extreme cases, the survival of the plant. An accurate assessment of the relationship between the timing of last frost events and phenological shifts associated with warmer climate is thus imperative. We investigate spring advances in citrus flowering dates (orange, tangerine, sweet lemon, sour lemon and sour orange) for Kerman and Shiraz, Iran from 1960 to 2010. These cities have experienced increases in both T max and T min, advances in peak flowering dates and changes in last frost dates over the study period. Based on daily instrumental climate records, the last frost dates for each year are compared with the peak flowering dates. For both cities, the rate of last frost advance lags behind the phenological advance, thus increasing frost risk. Increased frost risk will likely have considerable direct impacts on crop yields and on the associated capacity to adapt, given future climatic uncertainty.

  14. Environmental and Seasonal Factors Affecting the Frost-induced Stage of Cold Acclimation in Cornus stolonifera Michx 1

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    Harrison, L. Christen; Weiser, Conrad J.; Burke, Michael J.

    1978-01-01

    Stem tissues of red-osier dogwood (Cornus stolonifera Michx.) acclimated from ?3 C to ?40 or ?50 C in 8 to 10 weeks under a short photoperiod (9 hours) and controlled temperature conditions. During the summer months plants did not acclimate as well as at other times. The sequence of day/night temperature regimes which induced maximum acclimation was 20/15 C for 5 to 6 weeks; 15/5 C for 2 to 3 weeks; 15/5 C plus 1 hour of frost per day for 1 week. The duration of exposure to each temperature regime influenced the rate and intensity of frost-induced acclimation. Less than 5 weeks of warm temperature preconditioning at 20/15 C reduced subsequent frost-induced acclimation. The inductive influence of frost on cold acclimation was additive over 5 days of repeated exposure, but its effects after the first exposure(s) were not immediaterequiring 1 to 4 days of 15/5 C following the frost treatments for the expression of the frost-induced acclimation to be manifest. There was a 75% increase in rRNA following 3 days of frost exposure and plants in an O2-free atmosphere during frost exposure failed to acclimate. The results suggest that seasonal acclimation behavior was due to endogenous rhythms rather than developmental stage, and that the frost-induced phase of acclimation involves aerobic metabolic processes. PMID:16660633

  15. Biochemical Changes in Tuber-bearing Solanum Species in Relation to Frost Hardiness during Cold Acclimation.

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    Chen, H H; Li, P H

    1980-09-01

    Biochemical changes in potato leaves during cold acclimation have been examined and compared between a frost-tolerant S. acaule and a frost-susceptible S. tuberosum species. Changes were also examined in S. tuberosum, S. acaule, and S. commersonii species when they were hardened at different temperatures to varying hardiness levels.During three weeks of stepwise cold acclimation, S. acaule increased frost hardiness from -6.0 C (killing temperature) to -9.0 C, whereas frost hardiness of S. tuberosum remained unchanged at -3.0 C. Decreases in DNA content on a dry weight basis in both species suggest that matured leaf cells accumulated more dry matter during acclimation. The advantage of using DNA as a reference for comparing metabolite changes during cold acclimation is discussed.Under the stepwise acclimating conditions, both species showed the same trends for increasing total sugar and starch with an insignificant decrease in leaf water content. High levels of total RNA, rRNA, and total and soluble protein were observed in treated S. acaule plants as compared with controls, but not in S. tuberosum. Levels of total lipid and phospholipid also were high in treated S. acaule plants as compared with controls but decreased in S. tuberosum during acclimation.When S. tuberosum, S. acaule, and S. commersonii potatoes were cold-treated at constant day/night temperatures of 10, 5, and 2 C with 14-hour daylength, each species responds differently in terms of frost hardiness increase upon subjecting plants to a low temperature. For instance, after 20 days at 2 C, a net frost hardiness of 3 and 7 C was observed in S. acaule and S. commersonii, respectively, whereas the frost hardiness in S. tuberosum remained unchanged. Also, various levels of frost hardiness can be achieved in a species by subjecting plants to different low temperature treatments. Under a warm regime of 20/15 C day/night temperatures (14-hour light), both S. acaule and S. commersonii can survive at -4.5 C or colder, whereas S. tuberosum can survive only at -2.5 C.Biochemical changes in the leaf tissue of these species were investigated at 5-day intervals during low temperature treatments. Increases in total sugar and starch were found in all three species during hardening, although S. tuberosum failed to harden. Soluble protein contents were increased in both S. acaule and S. commersonii but decreased in S. tuberosum. RNA contents change in a pattern similar to the soluble protein. Net increases of the soluble proteins were positively and significantly correlated with net increases of frost hardiness in S. acaule and S. commersonii. PMID:16661447

  16. Community impacts of mid-May frost event during an anomalously warm spring

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    Hufkens, K.; Sonnentag, O.; Keenan, T. F.; Richardson, A. D.; Melaas, E. K.; Bailey, A.; O'Keefe, J.; Friedl, M. A.

    2011-12-01

    Global land and ocean surface temperatures of 2010 have gone on record as one of the warmest of the last 131 years. In the northeastern US extraordinarily warm spring temperatures were recorded, averaging +3 C above the long term mean, causing very early leaf development. However, the entire northeastern US region was hit by a severe frost event. Leveraging the coincidence of an anomalously warm spring and a late spring frost event we assess species specific responses of these combined extremes for three northern hardwood species(sugar maple, American beech, yellow birch) across an elevational gradient. We integrated ground observations with satellite and near-surface remote sensing data to address the following questions: 1) How did different species respond to a gradient in altitude / freezing temperatures? 2) How does phenological strategy influence this response? 3) To what extent were regional effects measurable? 4) How did the late spring frost event alter the carbon balance of a northern hardwood forest? 5) Finally, what changes do we foresee in community ecology? Our results show an early onset for all species, triggered by the anomalously warm spring. However, the three species responded differently to a late spring frost event. Where both yellow birch and American beech remained largely unaffected by frost, by comparison, sugar maple showed severe frost damage with increasing altitude resulting in leaf loss and delayed canopy development. Conservative estimates of gross carbon exchange losses due to the frost event ranged from 63 g C m-2 to 156 g C m-2, or ~5% to ~13 % of the annual gross carbon exchange of a northern hardwood forest. Our results suggest that the additional pressure on forest succession at high altitude range margins due to late spring frost events may provide a competitive advantage for yellow birch and American beech, at the expense of sugar maple. Consequently, a late spring frost does not only affect the short term carbon balance but has the potential to alter forest composition, ecosystem function and long term biosphere-atmosphere interactions.

  17. Keeping a surface ice/frost free with electro-conducting water-repellent coatings

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    Das, Arindam; Kapatral, Shreyas; Megaridis, Constantine M.

    2013-11-01

    Ice/frost formation on aircraft, wind turbines, power grids, marine vessels, telecommunication devices, etc. has propelled scientific research on surfaces that facilitate the removal of the water solid phase or retard its formation. Superhydrophobic, self-cleaning surfaces have been investigated recently (Jung et al., Langmuir 2011) for their passive anti-icing properties. Although superhydrophobic surfaces have been shown to delay the onset of frosting and icing, they cannot prevent it entirely. Hence active deicing/defrosting approaches are required to keep surfaces free of ice/frost. Defrosting experiments have been carried out on glass substrates coated with textured polymeric nanocomposite films of different surface wettability, porosity and roughness. A strong influence of these parameters on condensation, condensation frosting and defrosting was observed. The coatings are electro-conducting, thus allowing skin heating at the interface between ice and the substrate. Sustained ice- and frost-free operation is demonstrated at substrate temperatures well below the freezing point and in humid ambient atmospheres. Supported by NSF Grant CBET-1066426.

  18. Future Bloom and Blossom Frost Risk for Malus domestica Considering Climate Model and Impact Model Uncertainties

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    Hoffmann, Holger; Rath, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    The future bloom and risk of blossom frosts for Malus domestica were projected using regional climate realizations and phenological (?=?impact) models. As climate impact projections are susceptible to uncertainties of climate and impact models and model concatenation, the significant horizon of the climate impact signal was analyzed by applying 7 impact models, including two new developments, on 13 climate realizations of the IPCC emission scenario A1B. Advancement of phenophases and a decrease in blossom frost risk for Lower Saxony (Germany) for early and late ripeners was determined by six out of seven phenological models. Single model/single grid point time series of bloom showed significant trends by 20212050 compared to 19712000, whereas the joint signal of all climate and impact models did not stabilize until 2043. Regarding blossom frost risk, joint projection variability exceeded the projected signal. Thus, blossom frost risk cannot be stated to be lower by the end of the 21st century despite a negative trend. As a consequence it is however unlikely to increase. Uncertainty of temperature, blooming date and blossom frost risk projection reached a minimum at 20782087. The projected phenophases advanced by 5.5 d K?1, showing partial compensation of delayed fulfillment of the winter chill requirement and faster completion of the following forcing phase in spring. Finally, phenological model performance was improved by considering the length of day. PMID:24116022

  19. High performance liquid chromatographic and thin layer densitometric methods for the determination of risperidone in the presence of its degradation products in bulk powder and in tablets.

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    El-Sherif, Zeinab A; El-Zeany, Badr; El-Houssini, Ola M

    2005-01-01

    Two reproducible stability indicating methods were developed for the determination of risperidone (RISP) in presence of its degradation products in pure form and in tablets. The first method was based on reversed phase high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), on Lichrosorb RP C 18 column (250 mm i.d., 4 mm, 10 microm), using methanol:0.05 M potassium dihydrogen phosphate pH 7 (65:35 (v/v)) as the mobile phase at a flow rate of 1 ml min(-1) at ambient temperature. Quantification was achieved with UV detection at 280 nm over a concentration range of 25-500 microg ml(-1) with mean percentage recovery of 99.87 +/- 1.049. The method retained its accuracy in the presence of up to 90% of RISP degradation products. The second method was based on TLC separation of RISP from its degradation products followed by densitometric measurement of the intact drug spot at 280 nm. The separation was carried out on aluminum sheet of silica gel 60F254 using acetonitrile:methanol:propanol:triethanolamine (8.5:1.2:0.6:0.2 (v/v/v/v)), as the mobile phase, over a concentration range of 2-10 microg per spot and mean percentage recovery of 100.1 +/- 1.18. The two methods were simple, precise, sensitive and could be successfully applied for the determination of pure, laboratory prepared mixtures and tablets. The results obtained were compared with the manufacturer's method. PMID:15620522

  20. Modeling the reflectance of CO2 frost with new optical constants: Application to Martian south polar cap spectra

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    Hansen, Gary B.; Martin, Terry Z.

    1993-01-01

    New measurements of the absorption coefficients of CO2 ice, in most of the spectral range 0.2 to 3.9 microns where absorption coefficients are below 1.5 per cm, have recently been made. Although these measurements are preliminary, they contain spectral detail not seen previously in the literature. Therefore, it is useful to combine these new data with older data from spectral regions of stronger absorption and reformulate models of the albedo or reflectance of CO2 frost. These models can then be adjusted in an attempt to match measurements of Martian polar deposits, such as the set of spectra returned by the IRS instrument on Mariner 7 (1969). The new absorption coefficients of CO2 ice were measured on several samples of 41-mm thickness at 150-155 K. A portion of the spectrum from 1.9 to 3.9 microns wavelength is shown in the form of imaginary coefficient of refraction ( = linear absorption x wavelength / 4 pi). The data above 3x10(exp -5) are obtained from, except for the absorption line at 3.32 micrometers, which is extrapolated in a way that is consistent with laboratory frost measurements, but the peak level is still highly uncertain. This new imagary coefficient, combined with the real coefficient, can be immediately applied to the models for hemispherical albedo, resulting in markedly different results from those in that study. The results for an infinite optical depth layer and solar incidence of 60 degrees are plotted for a range of mean particle radii from 0.03 to 3 mm.

  1. Sensitivity of Soil Carbon Balances to Changes in the Extent and Duration of Soil Frost in a Boreal Forest

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    Oquist, M. G.; Haei, M.; Laudon, H.

    2008-12-01

    Climate change is likely to alter soil frost depth and duration in the boreal zone in the future. Soil frost can influence biogeochemical soil processes directly, for instance by altering rates of microbial decomposition of soil organic matter (SOM) and by increasing root mortality. In addition, soil frost controls hydrologic flow paths, which in turn determines export of carbon from soils to surface waters, primarily during high-flood events associated with snow melt and soil thawing. Nonetheless, to what extent changes in soil frost regimes influences the soil C dynamics is poorly understood. Here we present results from a field manipulation investigation with three soil frost treatments (deep soil frost, shallow soil frost and ambient controls; n = 3) that has been in operation for 7 years. Increased soil frost depth results in decreased soil CO2 concentrations and soil respiration rates during the following growing season. We see a strong correlation between the maximum soil frost depth during winter and the amount of C lost from the system by soil respiration (R = 0.99) suggesting that average soil respiration rates during the growing season will decrease by ca 0.01 g CO2 m-2 day-1 for every 1 cm increase in soil frost depth. This corresponds to up to 0.5% of the estimated annual net ecosystem productivity. Because year-to-year variation in soil frost depth at the site varies by up to 60 cm, we conclude that it can constitute an important control on soil C balances. Results also show a significant effect on the pool of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the soil during spring thaw and early summer, where deep soil frost treatments show up to twice the amount of DOC, as compared to shallow soil frost treatments. In addition, laboratory incubations suggest that alterations in winter soil temperatures and soil frost distribution also affects the composition of the DOC pool altering its aromaticity, with potential effects on its bioavailability. Thus, a change in soil frost regime has implications for both the amount and the composition of C exported from soils to surface waters.

  2. Will loss of snow cover during climatic warming expose New Zealand alpine plants to increased frost damage?

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    Bannister, Peter; Maegli, Tanja; Dickinson, Katharine J M; Halloy, Stephan R P; Knight, Allison; Lord, Janice M; Mark, Alan F; Spencer, Katrina L

    2005-06-01

    If snow cover in alpine environments were reduced through climatic warming, plants that are normally protected by snow-lie in winter would become exposed to greater extremes of temperature and solar radiation. We examined the annual course of frost resistance of species of native alpine plants from southern New Zealand that are normally buried in snowbanks over winter (Celmisia haastii and Celmisia prorepens) or in sheltered areas that may accumulate snow (Hebe odora) and other species, typical of more exposed areas, that are relatively snow-free (Celmisia viscosa, Poa colensoi, Dracophyllum muscoides). The frost resistance of these principal species was in accord with habitat: those from snowbanks or sheltered areas showed the least frost resistance, whereas species from exposed areas had greater frost resistance throughout the year. P. colensoi had the greatest frost resistance (-32.5 degrees C). All the principal species showed a rapid increase in frost resistance from summer to early winter (February-June) and maximum frost resistance in winter (July-August). The loss of resistance in late winter to early summer (August-December) was most rapid in P. colensoi and D. muscoides. Seasonal frost resistance of the principal species was more strongly related to daylength than to temperature, although all species except C. viscosa were significantly related to temperature when the influence of daylength was accounted for. Measurements of chlorophyll fluorescence indicated that photosynthetic efficiency of the principal species declined with increasing daylength. Levels of frost resistance of the six principal alpine plant species, and others measured during the growing season, were similar to those measured in tropical alpine areas and somewhat more resistant than those recorded in alpine areas of Europe. The potential for frost damage was greatest in spring. The current relationship of frost resistance with daylength is sufficient to prevent damage at any time of year. While warmer temperatures might lower frost resistance, they would also reduce the incidence of frosts, and the incidence of frost damage is unlikely to be altered. The relationship of frost resistance with daylength and temperature potentially provides a means of predicting the responses of alpine plants in response to global warming. PMID:15891822

  3. Greenhouse gas fluxes in a drained peatland forest during spring frost-thaw event

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    Pihlatie, M. K.; Kiese, R.; Brggemann, N.; Butterbach-Bahl, K.; Kieloaho, A.-J.; Laurila, T.; Lohila, A.; Mammarella, I.; Minkkinen, K.; Penttil, T.; Schnborn, J.; Vesala, T.

    2010-05-01

    Fluxes of greenhouse gases (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) were measured during a two month campaign at a drained peatland forest in Finland by the eddy covariance (EC) technique (CO2 and N2O), and automatic and manual chambers (CO2, CH4 and N2O). In addition, GHG concentrations and soil parameters (mineral nitrogen, temperature, moisture content) in the peat profile were measured. The aim of the measurement campaign was to quantify the GHG fluxes during freezing and thawing of the top-soil, a time period with potentially high GHG fluxes, and to compare different flux measurement methods. The forest was a net CO2 sink during the two months and the fluxes of CO2 dominated the GHG exchange. The peat soil was a small sink of atmospheric CH4 and a small source of N2O. Both CH4 oxidation and N2O production took place in the top-soil whereas CH4 was produced in the deeper layers of the peat, which were unfrozen throughout the measurement period. During the frost-thaw events of the litter layer distinct peaks in CO2 and N2O emissions were observed. The CO2 peak followed tightly the increase in soil temperature, whereas the N2O peak occurred with a delay after the thawing of the litter layer. CH4 fluxes did not respond to the thawing of the peat soil. The CO2 and N2O emission peaks were not captured by the manual chambers and hence we conclude that high time-resolution measurements with automatic chambers or EC are necessary to quantify fluxes during peak emission periods. Sub-canopy EC measurements and chamber-based fluxes of CO2 and N2O were comparable, although the fluxes of N2O measured by EC were close to the detection limit of the system. We conclude that if fluxes are high enough, i.e. greater than 5-10 ?g N m-2 h-1, the EC method is a good alternative to measure N2O and CO2 fluxes at ecosystem scale, thereby minimizing problems with chamber enclosures and spatial representativeness of the measurements.

  4. Frost Growth CFD Model of an Integrated Active Desiccant Rooftop Unit

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    Geoghegan, Patrick J; Petrov, Andrei Y; Vineyard, Edward Allan; Zaltash, Abdolreza; Linkous, Randall Lee

    2008-01-01

    A frost growth model is incorporated into a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation of a heat pump by means of a user-defined function in FLUENT, a commercial CFD code. The transient model is applied to the outdoor section of an Integrated Active Desiccant Rooftop (IADR) unit in heating mode. IADR is a hybrid vapor compression and active desiccant unit capable of handling 100% outdoor air (dedicated outdoor air system) or as a total conditioning system, handling both outdoor air and space cooling or heating loads. The predicted increase in flow resistance and loss in heat transfer capacity due to frost build-up are compared to experimental pressure drop readings and thermal imaging. The purpose of this work is to develop a CFD model that is capable of predicting frost growth, an invaluable tool in evaluating the effectiveness of defrost-on-demand cycles.

  5. Frost flower surface area and chemistry as a function of salinity and temperature

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    Obbard, Rachel W.; Roscoe, Howard K.; Wolff, Eric W.; Atkinson, Helen M.

    2009-10-01

    Frost flowers play a role in air-ice exchange in polar regions, contribute to tropospheric halogen chemistry, and affect ice core interpretation. Frost flowers were observed and collected on the Hudson Bay in March 2008. Their specific surface area (SSA) was measured using CH4 adsorption at 77 K. The Brunauer-Emmett-Teller analysis produced SSA values between 63 and 299 cm2 g-1 (mean 162 cm2 g-1, accuracy and reproducibility 5%). This range is very similar to that of Domin et al. (2005) but our correlation of results with growth time and chemistry reveals the factors responsible for the wide range of SSA values. Longer growth time leads to higher SSA at low temperatures, so frost flowers are more likely to affect total surface area during colder periods. Chemical analysis was performed on frost flower melt and on local seawater and brine. We examined salinity and sulfate and bromide enrichment. The relationship between growth time and salinity varied spatially because of a freshwater plume from a nearby river and of tidal effects at the coast. Enrichment of certain ions in frost flowers, which affects their contribution to atmospheric chemistry, depends heavily on location, growth time, and temperature. No significant enrichment or depletion of bromide was detected. The low surface area index of frost flowers plus their lack of destruction in wind suggest their direct effect on sea salt mobilization and halogen chemistry may be less than previously thought, but their ability to salinate wind-blown snow may increase their indirect importance.

  6. Soils and frost boil ecosystems across the North American Arctic Transect

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    Michaelson, G. J.; Ping, C. L.; Epstein, H.; Kimble, J. M.; Walker, D. A.

    2008-09-01

    We studied soil properties of frost boils at nine zonal-vegetation locations across the North American Arctic Transect (NAAT) in order to better understand arctic soils and their interaction with other biogeophysical components of frost boil ecosystems. Soil genetic horizons were analyzed for particle size, pH, electrical conductivity, total organic carbon (OC) and nitrogen (N), bulk density and volumetric water content. Surface soils (0-5 cm) across frost boil patterns were analyzed for of pH, OC, water content, extractable N and P, and exchangeable K, Ca and Na. Our results revealed that soil texture, pH, EC, P, Na and Ca contents are strongly influenced by local parent materials. Soil pH was acidic in the north going to alkaline in the midtransect and then again back to acidic in the south. Simple correlations between soil analytical data and observed frost boil properties across the NAAT support and are consistent with the laboratory and theoretical-conceptual models of pattern ground dynamics that have been developed by others. Soil water related well to texture. Soil horizon %OC and profile OC stocks under the pattern corresponded well to biomass and frost heave, respectively. Also soil water was closely related to biomass and heave. Nutrients in surface soils at sites corresponded to OC stocks. An interaction between soil water and segregation of Na and Ca between the pattern and interpattern was found for locations with high cation availability. At these sites, chemical as well as physical disruption of the pattern area could affect plant establishment. Overall there was a good linkage between properties relating to frost boil pattern dynamics and soil biogeochemical properties. Our study offers insight into the important process of cryoturbation for carbon sequestration in Gelisols across the Arctic.

  7. Is Frost Cracking By Segregation Ice Growth One of the Mechanisms That Erode Bedrock River Margins?

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    Alden, L. L.; Sklar, L. S.

    2014-12-01

    Rivers cut vertically and laterally into bedrock. However, control on the width of bedrock rivers is an unsolved problem. In alpine settings, frost cracking is one of the mechanisms that break down bedrock. Segregation ice drives growth of ice lenses within rock masses. When the temperature of the rock is within the "frost cracking window" of -3 to -8 C, ice lenses can attract liquid water. Expanding ice lenses can exert sufficient pressure to fracture the rock. We hypothesize that alpine rivers may promote segregation ice growth at the river margin by supplying water, but also may inhibit frost cracking by supplying heat. We find support for this hypothesis in data collected along the Tuolumne and Mokelumne rivers in the Sierra Nevada, California. A 1D heat flow model predicts that frost cracking should occur above 2325 masl in this area. To test for a river effect, we measured fracture density along the Tuolumne River at ~2600 masl, finding that density at the river margin is significantly greater than on adjacent hillslopes in the Cathedral Peak granodiorite. We then deployed data loggers on the Mokelumne River (at 2486 masl) over the winter of 2013/2014 to record water, surface and subsurface rock temperatures at varying depths and distances from the river. Temperatures within the frost cracking window were only recorded at a distance of ~5 m from the river, suggesting an insulating effect from the river and snow cover. Rock temperatures 1 m deep equilibrated at ~ 2 C, significantly colder than predicted by the 1D model. Ongoing work includes terrestrial LIDAR scans to detect erosion of the river bank at the Mokelumne site, and development of a 2D heat flow model to predict subsurface rock temperatures for varying surface boundary conditions and channel morphology. We expect that further analysis will reveal systematic relationships between the surface boundary conditions and rock temperature at depth, enabling predictive modeling of frost cracking intensity at the river margin.

  8. The influence of thermal inertia on temperatures and frost stability on Triton

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    Spencer, John R.; Moore, Jeffrey M.

    1992-01-01

    It is presently argued, in view of (1) a thermal inertia model for the surface of Triton which (like previous ones) predicts a monotonic recession of permanent N2 deposits toward the poles and very little seasonal N2 frost in the southern hemisphere, and (2) new spectroscopic evidence for nonvolatile CO2 on Triton's bright southern hemisphere, that much of that bright southern material is not N2. Such bright southern hemisphere volatiles may allow the formation of seasonal frosts, thereby helping to explain the observed spectroscopic changes of Triton during the last decade.

  9. In live interaction, does familiarity promote attraction or contempt? Reply to Norton, Frost, and Ariely (2011).

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    Reis, Harry T; Maniaci, Michael R; Caprariello, Peter A; Eastwick, Paul W; Finkel, Eli J

    2011-09-01

    In this reply, we address and refute each of Norton, Frost, and Ariely's (see record 2011-18560-001) specific objections to the conclusion that, ceteris paribus, familiarity breeds liking in live interaction. In particular, we reiterate the importance of studying live interaction rather than decontextualized processes. These rebuttals notwithstanding, we concur with Norton et al.'s call for an integrative model that encompasses both Norton, Frost, and Ariely's (see record 2006-23056-008) results and ours (see record 2011-04644-001), and we point readers toward a description of a possible model presented in our original article. PMID:21859228

  10. Frost hardiness of mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal Scots pine under two fertilization treatments.

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    Korhonen, Anna; Lehto, Tarja; Repo, Tapani

    2015-07-01

    Survival and functioning of mycorrhizal associations at low temperatures are not known well. In an earlier study, ectomycorrhizas did not affect the frost hardiness of Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L.) roots, but here we studied whether differential nutrient availability would change the result and additionally, alter frost hardiness aboveground. The aim in this experiment was to compare the frost hardiness of roots and needles of mycorrhizal (Hebeloma sp.) and non-mycorrhizal Scots pine seedlings raised using two fertilization treatments and two cold-hardening regimes. The fertilization treatments were low (LF) and high (HF) application of a complete nutrient solution. Three hundred mycorrhizal and non-mycorrhizal seedlings were cultivated in growth chambers in four blocks for 16weeks. For the first 9weeks, the seedlings grew in long-day and high-temperature (LDHT) with low fertilization and then they were raised for 3weeks in LDHT with either low or high fertilization. After this, half of the plants in each treatment combination remained in LDHT, and half were transferred to short-day and low-temperature (SDLT) conditions to cold acclimatize. The frost hardiness of the roots and needles was assessed using controlled freezing tests followed by electrolyte leakage tests (REL). Mycorrhizal roots were slightly more frost hardy than non-mycorrhizal roots, but only in the growing-season conditions (LDHT) in low-nutrient treatment. In LDHT and LF, the frost hardiness of the non-mycorrhizal roots was about -9C, and that of the non-mycorrhizal HF roots and the mycorrhizal roots in both fertilization levels was about -11C. However, no difference was found in the roots within the SDLT regime, and in needles, there was no difference between mycorrhizal and fertilization treatments. The frost hardiness of needles increased by SDLT treatment, being -8.5 and -14.1C in LDHT and SDLT, respectively. The dry mass of roots, stems, and needles was lower in LF than in HF and lower in SDLT than in LDHT. Mycorrhizal treatment did not affect the dry mass or its allocation. Although the mycorrhizal roots were slightly more frost hardy in the growing-season conditions, this is not likely to have significance in the field. PMID:25404213

  11. Io meteorology - How atmospheric pressure is controlled locally by volcanos and surface frosts

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    Ingersoll, A. P.

    1989-10-01

    The present modification of the Ingersoll et al. (1985) hydrodynamic model of the SO2 gas sublimation-driven flow from the day to the night side of Io includes the effects of nonuniform surface properties noted in observational studies. Calculations are conducted for atmospheric pressures, horizontal winds, sublimation rates, and condensation rates for such surface conditions as patchy and continuous frost cover, volcanic venting, surface temperature discontinuities, subsurface cold trapping, and the propagation of insolation into the frost. While pressure is found to follow local vapor pressure away from the plumes, it becomes higher inside them.

  12. Io meteorology - How atmospheric pressure is controlled locally by volcanos and surface frosts

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    Ingersoll, Andrew P.

    1989-01-01

    The present modification of the Ingersoll et al. (1985) hydrodynamic model of the SO2 gas sublimation-driven flow from the day to the night side of Io includes the effects of nonuniform surface properties noted in observational studies. Calculations are conducted for atmospheric pressures, horizontal winds, sublimation rates, and condensation rates for such surface conditions as patchy and continuous frost cover, volcanic venting, surface temperature discontinuities, subsurface cold trapping, and the propagation of insolation into the frost. While pressure is found to follow local vapor pressure away from the plumes, it becomes higher inside them.

  13. Satellite prediction of spring frost impacts on vegetation growth and productivity within the conterminous US

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    Kim, Y.; Kimball, J. S.; Didan, K.

    2013-12-01

    Spring temperatures strongly influence land surface phenology, including budburst and growing season onset, flowering date, and crop planting period. Recent increases in spring temperatures coincide with earlier and longer non-frozen season trends over the conterminous US and coincide with generally earlier spring canopy onset and annual productivity increases. However, earlier spring onset increases risk of frost damage, with potential negative impacts to productivity. These effects are spatially and temporally heterogeneous, while the occurrence and regional impact of frost events are difficult to monitor from in situ station networks. To enhance regional risk assessment and monitoring capabilities we developed a satellite remote sensing based spring frost index (SFI) and spring frost damage index (SFDI) at moderate (~25-km) spatial resolution from 1980 to 2010. The indices were developed from satellite passive microwave retrievals of global daily landscape freeze-thaw (FT) status and optical-IR sensor derived vegetation start of season (SOS). The SFI is the proportion of the total number of classified frozen (AM and PM frozen) and transitional (AM thawed and PM frozen) frost days in spring (March to May), while the SFDI is the proportion of the total number of classified frozen and transitional frost days following the SOS. The SFI results are validated using surface air temperature records from regional weather stations and crop planting dates for corn and soybean. Our results show a decreasing SFI trend (-2% decade-1; p<0.1) coincident with regional spring warming trends, while the SFDI is generally increasing (2.9% decade-1; p<0.1) within the conterminous US and 1980-2010 period. Spring warming is leading to fewer spring frost events, but an earlier SOS is increasing risk of potentially damaging events. The ecological significance of the SFI and SFDI changes were evaluated using satellite annual GPP and NDVI anomalies within the conterminous US. We find that respective SFI and SFDI levels below 10% and 14% have little impact on annual GPP. Reduced SFI and SFDI coincide with enhanced spring vegetation growth, but only the SFDI shows significant correlation with NDVI summer growth anomalies. The SFDI generally provides a better predictor of seasonal NDVI anomalies than the SFI, while vegetation sensitivity to the frost indices varies according to regional biome types and elevation zones. An increasing SFDI trend indicates potentially larger negative impacts on regional vegetation growth with continued warming.

  14. Balloon borne Antarctic frost point measurements and their impact on polar stratospheric cloud theories

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    Rosen, James M.; Hofmann, D. J.; Carpenter, J. R.; Harder, J. W.; Oltsmans, S. J.

    1988-01-01

    Balloon-borne frost point measurements were performed over Antarctica during September-October 1987 as part of the NOZE II effort at McMurdo. The results show water mixing ratios on the order of 2 ppmv in the 20 km region, suggesting that models of the springtime Antarctic stratosphere should be based on approximately 2 ppmv water vapor. Evidence indicating that some PSCs form at temperatures higher than the frost point in the 15 to 20 km region is discussed. This supports the binary HNO3-H2O theory of PSC composition.

  15. Frosted branch angiitis caused by Varicella Zoster virus in an immunocompetent patient

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    Talebi-Taher, Mahshid; Javadzadeh, Ali; Hedayatfar, Alireza; Rahmani, Shahrzad; Ghanooni, Amir Hossein; Mahmoodian, Reihaneh

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Frosted branch angiitis(FBA) is a panuveitis with sheating of all retinal vesssels. Case presentation: Herein we report an immunocompetent person who presented with fever, headache, atypical rash, and hazy vision. Ophthalmoscopy of both eyes revealed perivascular sheathing with frosted branch angiitis pattern in veins, patchy retinal hemorrhages. Aqueous PCR analysis turned positive for VZV. Discussion: This case illustrates that VZV should be considered in the differential diagnosis of retinal perivasculitis. Since a rapid and accurate diagnosis is crucial for prompt administration of antiviral therapy, PCR-based analysis of aqueous humor is a valuable tool for detecting viruses. PMID:26622973

  16. Effect of defoliation prior to a frost on postharvest respiration rate, extractable sucrose, and invert sugar concentration of sugarbeet

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    This study investigated the effect of defoliation prior to a frost on postharvest storage properties of sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris L.). Roots of plants with canopies intact until harvest were compared to roots of plants that had been defoliated prior to a frost on multiple harvest dates following a da...

  17. Study of frost growth on heat exchangers used as outdoor coils in air source heat pump systems

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    K P, Sankaranarayanan

    2011-12-01

    Scope and method of study. During winter heating operation, the outdoor coil of a heat pump acts as an evaporator and when the ambient temperature is near freezing, the moisture in the atmospheric air freezes on the coil surface. The frost growth affects the air flow and also adds resistance to heat transfer thus reducing the capacity and the efficiency of the heat pump. An experimental facility is designed and built to test a small scale heat exchanger working in frosting conditions. Tests are carried out using small scale fin-tube and microchannel heat exchanger over a range of glycol inlet temperatures, air velocities and ambient air RH. A semi-empirical frost model based on a scaling approach is developed and applied to both fin-tube heat and microchannel heat exchangers. The model is developed to handle non-uniformities in both refrigerant and air side. The frost model is integrated with a segment-by-segment heat exchanger calculation algorithm and is validated against experimental data. Frost growth model is also incorporated in a quasi-steady state system simulation algorithm. Findings and conclusions. From the experimental study it was observed that the temperature of the surface and air RH affected the rate of frost growth significantly while the air velocity did not have a great influence. It is demonstrated that a dry heat transfer correlation can be used during frost growth period by correctly accounting for frost thickness in the hydraulic diameter calculations. Ignoring the phenomenon of air redistribution was found to result in errors in the range of 20% to 50% in predicted frost thickness. Frost thickness predicted by the frost model is within 5% of the measured values for most of the cases. Frost mass accumulation predicted by the simple model is higher than the measured values due to a uniform thickness assumption in the model. An improved frost model based on 1-D finite volume discretization is also presented which improved the frost mass prediction to within 13% of measured values. The system simulation is validated against experimental results and found to match reasonable well. The discrepancy between simulation and experiments were due to the effects of system transience in the initial stages.

  18. Fracture Mechanical Analysis of Frost Wedging in Ice Shelves as Break-Up Mechanism

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    Plate, Carolin; Humbert, Angelika; Gross, Dietmar; Mller, Ralf

    2013-04-01

    Disintegration events in ice shelves have been the subject of extensive investigations in the past years, however comprehensive explanations applicable to a majority of events are still missing. A popular assumption made by Scambos et al. (2000) [1] links disintegration events to a general thinning of the ice shelf in conjunction with growing melt-water ponds leading to hydro fractures. This explanation seems reasonable for break-up events that happened in Antarctic summers. Large parts of the Wilkins Ice Shelf, however broke-up in fall and winter periods. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to analyse the possibility of frost wedging of water filled surface crevasses in an ice shelf as a source of break-up events. Configurational forces are used to assess crack criticality. The simulations are performed on a 2-dimensional single crack with a mode-I type load, body forces and additional crack-face pressure due to freezing of the water. Depth-dependent density profiles are considered. The relevant parameters, Young's modulus, Poisson's ratio and external loading are obtained from literature, remote sensing data analysis and modelling of the ice dynamics. The investigation is performed using the finite element software COMSOL. The simulations show that in comparison to water filled crevasses without ice, thin layers of frozen water may lead to a decreasing criticality at the crack tip as long as the ice 'bridge' is allowed to take tensile loads. An increasing crack criticality can be seen for thicker layers of ice. The results are compared to findings from previous finite element analyses of dry and water filled cracks as presented in Plate et al. (2012) [2]. [1] Scambos, T., Hulbe, C., Fahnestock, M., & Bohlander, J. (2000). The link between climate warming and break-up of ice shelves in the Antarctic Peninsula. Journal of Glaciology, 46(154), 516-530. [2] Plate, C., Mller, R., Humbert, A., & Gross, D. (2012). Evaluation of the criticality of cracks in ice shelves using finite element simulations. The Cryosphere, 6(5), 973-984.

  19. Balloon-borne cryogenic frost-point hygrometer observations of water vapour in the tropical upper troposphere and lower stratosphere over India: First results

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    Sunilkumar, S. V.; Muhsin, M.; Emmanuel, Maria; Ramkumar, Geetha; Rajeev, K.; Sijikumar, S.

    2016-03-01

    Balloon-borne cryogenic frost-point hygrometer (CFH) observations of water vapour in the upper troposphere and lower stratosphere (UTLS) region carried out over India, from Trivandrum [8.5°N, 76.9°E] and Hyderabad [17.5°N, 78.6°E], were compared with that obtained from quasi-collocated Aura-Microwave Limb Sounder (MLS) satellite observations. Comparisons show a small dry bias for MLS in the stratosphere. Saturated or super-saturation layers observed near the base of tropical tropopause layer (TTL) are consistent with the quasi-collocated space-based observations of tropical cirrus from KALPANA-1 and CALIPSO. Disturbance of large scale waves in the upper troposphere appears to modulate the water vapour and cirrus distribution.

  20. Effect of pyraclostrobin on postharvest storage and quality of sugarbeet harvested before and after a frost

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    Pyraclostrobin and other strobilurin fungicides have been reported to have beneficial effects on productivity that cannot be attributed to disease control. Enhanced late-season frost tolerance is one such effect that has been observed for sugarbeet (Beta vulgaris L.) after a late season foliar pyra...

  1. An Evaluation of the Factor Structure of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale

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    Harvey, Bronwyn; Pallant, Julie; Harvey, David

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to investigate whether the six-factor structure of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale could be replicated in a community-based sample. A sample of 255 adult participants (55.7% female, 44.3% male) ranging in age from 18 to 78 (mean = 37.0) completed the questionnaire. Based on the screen test and parallel…

  2. Evaluation of frost damage in cement-based materials by a nonlinear elastic wave technique

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    Eiras, J. N.; Kundu, T.; Popovics, J. S.; Monz, J.; Soriano, L.; Pay, J.

    2014-03-01

    Frost resistance of concrete is a major concern in cold regions. RILEM (International union of laboratories and experts in construction materials, systems and structures) recommendations provide two alternatives for evaluating frost damage by nondestructive evaluation methods for concrete like materials. The first method is based on the ultrasonic pulse velocity measurement, while the second alternative technique is based on the resonant vibration test. In this study, we monitor the frost damage in Portland cement mortar samples with water to cement ratio of 0.5 and aggregate to cement ratio of 3. The samples are completely saturated by water and are frozen for 24 hours at -25C. The frost damage is monitored after 0, 5, 10, 15 and 20 freezing-thawing cycles by nonlinear impact resonance acoustic spectroscopy (NIRAS). The results obtained are compared with those obtained by resonant vibration tests, the second alternative technique recommended by RILEM. The obtained results show that NIRAS is more sensitive to early stages of damage than the standard resonant vibration tests.

  3. Morning Frost in Trench Dug by Phoenix, Sol 113 (False Color)

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    2008-01-01

    This image from the Surface Stereo Imager on NASA's Phoenix Mars Lander shows morning frost inside the 'Snow White' trench dug by the lander, in addition to subsurface ice exposed by use of a rasp on the floor of the trench.

    The camera took this image at about 9 a.m. local solar time during the 113th Martian day of the mission (Sept. 18, 2008). Bright material near and below the four-by-four set of rasp holes in the upper half of the image is water-ice exposed by rasping and scraping in the trench earlier the same morning. Other bright material especially around the edges of the trench, is frost. Earlier in the mission, when the sun stayed above the horizon all night, morning frost was not evident in the trench.

    This image is presented in false color that enhances the visibility of the frost.

    The trench is 4 to 5 centimeters (about 2 inches) deep, about 23 centimeters (9 inches) wide.

    Phoenix landed on a Martian arctic plain on May 25, 2008. The mission is led by the University of Arizona, Tucson, on behalf of NASA. Project management of the mission is led by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. Spacecraft development was by Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Denver.

  4. CO2 frost cap thickness on Mars during northern winter and spring

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    Feldman, W. C.; Prettyman, T. H.; Boynton, W. V.; Murphy, J. R.; Squyres, S.; Karunatillake, S.; Maurice, S.; Tokar, R. L.; McKinney, G. W.; Hamara, D. K.; Kelly, N.; Kerry, K.

    2003-09-01

    The thickness of seasonal CO2 frost that covers the north pole of Mars during the winter and spring seasons is studied using gamma ray and neutron data measured using the gamma ray spectrometer suite of instruments aboard Mars Odyssey. The resultant seasonal variation of CO2 ice/frost thickness for latitudes greater than +85 is in close agreement (within 9% at maximum) with those predicted using all three major Mars general circulation models presently in use. These observed CO2 ice results are significantly different from those inferred from the Mars Obiter Laser Altimeter experiment aboard Mars Global Surveyor (MGS). A possible explanation is that the density of the CO2 ice/frost cap is considerably lower than that inferred from observed variations of the MGS orbit. Other significant results are that the thermal neutron counting rates provide evidence for variations in the abundance of noncondensable components of the polar atmosphere of Mars and that the basement terrain below the seasonal cover of CO2 frost within about 10 of the pole is nearly 100% water ice.

  5. Variation among highbush blueberry cultivars for frost tolerance of open flowers

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    Injury of open flowers often occurs in fruit crops by late winter or early spring frosts and can result in significant reduction in yield. In this study, freezing tolerance of open flowers of five highbush blueberry cultivars, Bluecrop, Elliott, Hannahs Choice, Murphy, and Weymouth, was d...

  6. Sunlight penetration through the Martian polar caps: Effects on the thermal and frost budgets

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    Lindner, Bernhard Lee

    1992-01-01

    An energy balance model of the seasonal polar caps on Mars is modified to include penetration of solar radiation into and through the ice. Penetration of solar radiation has no effect on subsurface temperature or total frost sublimation if seasonal ice overlies a dust surface. An effect is noted for seasonal ice which overlies the residual polar caps. For the case of an exposed water-ice residual polar cap, the temperature at depth is calculated to be up to several degrees warmer and the calculated lifetime of seasonal CO2 frost is slightly lower when penetration of sunlight is properly treated in the model. For the case of a residual polar cap which is perennially covered by CO2 frost, the calculated lifetime of seasonal CO2 frost is very slightly increased as a result of sunlight penetration through the ice. Hence, penetration of sunlight into the ice helps to stabilize the observed dichotomy in the residual polar caps on Mars, although it is a small effect.

  7. Sunlight penetration through the Martian polar caps - Effects on the thermal and frost budgets

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    Lindner, Bernhard L.

    1992-01-01

    An energy balance model of the seasonal polar caps on Mars is modified to include penetration of solar radiation into and through the ice. Penetration of solar radiation has no effect on subsurface temperature or total frost sublimation if seasonal ice overlies a dust surface. An effect is noted for seasonal ice which overlies the residual polar caps. For the case of an exposed water-ice residual polar cap, the temperature at depth is calculated to be up to several degrees warmer, and the calculated lifetime of seasonal CO2 frost is slightly lower when penetration of sunlight is properly treated in the model. For the case of a residual polar cap which is perennially covered by CO2 frost, the calculated lifetime of seasonal CO2 frost is very slightly increased as a result of sunlight penetration through the ice. Hence, penetration of sunlight into the ice helps to stabilize the observed dichotomy in the residual polar caps on Mars, although it is a small effect.

  8. An Evaluation of the Factor Structure of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale

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    Harvey, Bronwyn; Pallant, Julie; Harvey, David

    2004-01-01

    The purpose of the study was to investigate whether the six-factor structure of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale could be replicated in a community-based sample. A sample of 255 adult participants (55.7% female, 44.3% male) ranging in age from 18 to 78 (mean = 37.0) completed the questionnaire. Based on the screen test and parallel

  9. Cross-Cultural Validity of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale in Korea

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    Lee, Dong-gwi; Park, Hyun-joo

    2011-01-01

    This study with 213 South Korean college students (113 men) examined the cross-cultural generalizability of (a) the factor structure of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (F-MPS) and (b) the existence of adaptive perfectionists, maladaptive perfectionists, and nonperfectionists. A confirmatory factor analysis did not support the

  10. What's Wrong with America's Playgrounds and How to Fix Them: An Interview with Joe L. Frost

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    American Journal of Play, 2008

    2008-01-01

    Joe L. Frost is Parker Centennial Professor Emeritus at the University of Texas, Austin, and one of America's leading experts on play and playgrounds. In addition to having taught child development and early childhood education at Texas and several other universities, he has written or edited fifteen university-level textbooks and more than one

  11. Application of Satellite Frost Forecast Technology to Other Parts of the United States

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    Martsolf, J. D.; Chen, E. (Principal Investigator)

    1981-01-01

    Thermal infrared data taken from the GOES satellite over a period of several hours was color enhanced by computer according to temperature. The varying temperatures were then used to assist in frost forecasting. Input from Michigan and Pennsylvania to the cold climate mapping project is emphasized in the report of the second year's activities of a two year effort.

  12. Cross-Cultural Validity of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale in Korea

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    Lee, Dong-gwi; Park, Hyun-joo

    2011-01-01

    This study with 213 South Korean college students (113 men) examined the cross-cultural generalizability of (a) the factor structure of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (F-MPS) and (b) the existence of adaptive perfectionists, maladaptive perfectionists, and nonperfectionists. A confirmatory factor analysis did not support the…

  13. Metabolite profiling during cold acclimation of Lolium perenne genotypes distinct in the level of frost tolerance.

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    Bocian, Aleksandra; Zwierzykowski, Zbigniew; Rapacz, Marcin; Koczyk, Grzegorz; Ciesio?ka, Danuta; Kosmala, Arkadiusz

    2015-11-01

    Abiotic stresses, including low temperature, can significantly reduce plant yielding. The knowledge on the molecular basis of stress tolerance could help to improve its level in species of relatively high importance to agriculture. Unfortunately, the complex research performed so far mainly on model species and also, to some extent, on cereals does not fully cover the demands of other agricultural plants of temperate climate, including forage grasses. Two Lolium perenne (perennial ryegrass) genotypes with contrasting levels of frost tolerance, the high frost tolerant (HFT) and the low frost tolerant (LFT) genotypes, were selected for comparative metabolomic research. The work focused on the analysis of leaf metabolite accumulation before and after seven separate time points of cold acclimation. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC/MS) was used to identify amino acids (alanine, proline, glycine, glutamic and aspartic acid, serine, lysine and asparagine), carbohydrates (fructose, glucose, sucrose, raffinose and trehalose) and their derivatives (mannitol, sorbitol and inositol) accumulated in leaves in low temperature. The observed differences in the level of frost tolerance between the analysed genotypes could be partially due to the time point of cold acclimation at which the accumulation level of crucial metabolite started to increase. In the HFT genotype, earlier accumulation was observed for proline and asparagine. The increased amounts of alanine, glutamic and aspartic acids, and asparagine during cold acclimation could be involved in the regulation of photosynthesis intensity in L. perenne. Among the analysed carbohydrates, only raffinose revealed a significant association with the acclimation process in this species. PMID:26025228

  14. Improving frost-simulation subroutines of the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model

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    Erosion models play an important role in assessing the influence of human activities on the environment. For cold areas, adequate frost simulation is crucial for predicting surface runoff and water erosion. The Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model, physically-based erosion-prediction softwa...

  15. A nano-frost array technique to prepare nanoporous PVDF membranes.

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    Lee, Min Kyung; Lee, Jonghwi

    2014-08-01

    Frost, the solid deposition of water vapor from humid air, forms on the surface of a solid substrate when its temperature drops below the freezing point of water. In this study, we demonstrate how this natural phenomenon can be applied to develop novel nanoporous materials. The solvent annealing of polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF) infiltrated into nanopores induced template-directed dewetting thus preparing nanoembossing films. Then, water nanodroplets formed on the cold polymer nanopatterned surfaces following the embossing patterns, similar to dew formation on the ground. Subsequently, the nanodroplets were frozen and then removed by freeze-drying. This nano-frost array technique produced nanoporous PVDF membranes with an average thickness of 250 ( 48) nm. It was revealed that the nanopatterned surface formed by solvent annealing played an important role in achieving a nano-frost array with an adjustable size. Additionally, the freezing process led to significant changes of the PVDF crystallinity and polymorphism. Our results prove that the nano-frost array technique can be broadly used to design ordered nanoporous structures and provide new prospects in nanomaterial fields. PMID:24865989

  16. Selective inverted sink efficiency for spring frost protection in almond orchards northwest of Isfahan, Iran

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    Yazdanpanah, H.; Stigter, C. J.

    2011-08-01

    A so-called selective inverted sink (SIS) was validated in frost protection of a 20-ha almond orchard. Daily counts of flower buds were made for two branches of some selected almond trees in every plot to determine frost damage percentage. Temperatures increased due to the SIS system, but there was an average gradient of temperature decrease of about 0.4°C per 100 m with distance from the SIS. The minimum air temperature increased from 0.5 to 2.8°C, with the highest increase closest to the SIS. The percent of frost-damaged flower buds of almond relative to the control plot with distance to the SIS system had its maximum gradient (8% per 100 m ) in 100-200-m distance from the SIS, but this gradient decreased to a minimum (4% per 100 m) in 500-700-m distance from the SIS. The ANOVA and Duncan's multiple-range test of air temperature and frost damage data confirm that the significant influence zone of this local SIS was about 500 m.

  17. Observations of backscatter, particle concentration and frost point in north polar vortex stratospheric clouds

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    Rosen, J.M.; Kjome, N.T. ); Oltmans, S.J. )

    1990-08-01

    Near-simultaneous soundings of backscatter, particle size distribution and frost point were obtained in north polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) near the center of the vortex. The measured particle sizes and concentration in type I PSCs tend to confirm earlier predictions based on remotely sensed properties.

  18. Frost Damage Detection in Sugarcane Crop Using Modis Images and Srtm Data

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    Rudorff, B.; Alves de Aguiar, D.; Adami, M.

    2011-12-01

    Brazil is the largest world producer of sugarcane which is used to produce almost equal proportions of either sugar (food) or ethanol (biofuel). In recent years sugarcane crop production has increased fast to meet the growing market demand for sugar and ethanol. This increase has been mainly due to expansion in crop area, but sugarcane production is also subjected to several factors that influence both the agricultural crop yield (tons of stalks/ha) and the industrial yield (kg of sugar/ton of stalks). Sugarcane is a semi-perennial crop that experiences major growth during spring and summer seasons with large demands for water and high temperatures to produce good stalk formation (crop yield). The harvest is performed mainly during fall and winter seasons when water availability and temperature should be low in order to accumulate sucrose in the stalks (industrial yield). These favorable climatic conditions for sugarcane crop are found in several regions in Brazil, particularly in São Paulo state, which is the major sugarcane producer in Brazil being responsible for almost 60% of its production. Despite the favorable climate in São Paulo state there is a certain probability of frost occurrence from time to time that has a negative impact on sugarcane crop, particularly on industrial yield, reducing the amount of sugar in the stalks; having consequences on price increase and product shortage. To evaluate the impact of frost on sugarcane crop, in the field, on a state level, is not a trivial task; however, this information is relevant due to its direct impact on the consumer market. Remote sensing images allow a synoptic view and present great potential to monitor large sugarcane plantations as has been done since 2003 in São Paulo state by the Canasat Project with Landsat type images (http://www.dsr.inpe.br/laf/canasat/en/). Images acquired from sensors with high temporal resolution such as MODIS (Moderate-Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer) present the potential to detect the impact of climatic effects, such as frost, on crop growth, which is relevant information to evaluate the negative impact on sugarcane production. Thus, the objective of the present study is to detect the impact of the frost occurred on 28 June 2011 in the sugarcane production region of São Paulo state, using MODIS images acquired on board of Terra and Aqua satellites before and after the frost event. Also, Landsat type images were used to map the harvested sugarcane fields up to the frost event based on a sugarcane crop map for year 2011. The remaining sugarcane fields available for harvest in 2011 were monitored with the MODIS images acquired on 17, 19, 27, 28 June and 8 and 9 July, to detect frost damage. Field work was conducted shortly after frost occurrence to identify sugarcane fields with frost damage for training and validation purposes. MODIS images transformed to vegetation indices and morphometric variables extracted from SRTM (Shuttle Radar Topography Mission) data are being analyzed to detect and quantify the damage of the frost from 28 July 2011 on sugarcane crop.

  19. Climate change and the effect of temperature backlashes causing frost damage in Picea abies

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    Jönsson, Anna Maria; Linderson, Maj-Lena; Stjernquist, Ingrid; Schlyter, Peter; Bärring, Lars

    2004-12-01

    In boreal and nemoboreal forests, tree frost hardiness is modified in reaction to cues from day length and temperature. The dehardening processes in Norway spruce, Picea abies, could be estimated to start when the daily mean temperature is above 5 °C for 5 days. Bud burst will occur approximately after 120-170 degree-days above 5 °C, dependent on genetic differences among provenances. A reduced cold hardiness level during autumn and spring and an advanced onset of bud burst are expected impacts of projected future global warming. The aim of this study was to test if this will increase the risk for frost damage caused by temperature backlashes. This was tested for Sweden by comparing output from the Hadley Centre regional climate model, HadRM3H, for the period 1961-1990 with future IPCC scenario SRES A2 and B2 for 2070-2099. Different indices for calculating the susceptibility to frost damage were used to assess changes in frost damage risk. The indices were based on: (1) the start of dehardening; (2) the severity of the temperature backlash; (3) the timing of bud burst; and (4) the cold hardiness level. The start of dehardening and bud burst were calculated to occur earlier all over the country, which is in line with the overall warming in both climate change scenarios. The frequency of temperature backlashes that may cause frost damage was calculated to increase in the southern part, an effect that became gradually less pronounced towards the north. The different timing of the onset of dehardening mainly caused this systematic latitudinal pattern. In the south, it occurs early in the year when the seasonal temperature progression is slow and large temperature variations occur. In the north, dehardening will occur closer to the spring equinox when the temperature progression is faster.

  20. Climate warming and the risk of frost damage to boreal forest trees: identification of critical ecophysiological traits.

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    Hänninen, Heikki

    2006-07-01

    According to a hypothesis presented in the mid-1980s, climate warming will, paradoxically, increase the risk of frost damage to trees in the boreal and temperate zones. Dehardening and even growth onset may occur in trees during mild spells in winter and early spring, resulting in damage during subsequent periods of frost. In the present study, ecophysiological traits critical to the occurrence of frost damage in trees in the boreal zone were identified. Diagnostic computer simulations were performed to examine why one simulation model of frost hardiness in an earlier study predicted heavy frost damage as a consequence of climate warming, whereas another closely related model did not. The modeling comparison revealed that the response of ontogenetic development to air temperature during quiescence is a critical factor determining the risk of frost damage. As the response can be readily determined in growth-chamber experiments, the findings of the present study can be used to guide experimental work on the environmental regulation of the annual cycle of frost hardiness in trees. PMID:16585034

  1. Post-head-emergence frost in wheat and barley: defining the problem, assessing the damage, and identifying resistance.

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    Frederiks, T M; Christopher, J T; Sutherland, M W; Borrell, A K

    2015-06-01

    Radiant frost is a significant production constraint to wheat (Triticum aestivum) and barley (Hordeum vulgare), particularly in regions where spring-habit cereals are grown through winter, maturing in spring. However, damage to winter-habit cereals in reproductive stages is also reported. Crops are particularly susceptible to frost once awns or spikes emerge from the protection of the flag leaf sheath. Post-head-emergence frost (PHEF) is a problem distinct from other cold-mediated production constraints. To date, useful increased PHEF resistance in cereals has not been identified. Given the renewed interest in reproductive frost damage in cereals, it is timely to review the problem. Here we update the extent and impacts of PHEF and document current management options to combat this challenge. We clarify terminology useful for discussing PHEF in relation to chilling and other freezing stresses. We discuss problems characterizing radiant frost, the environmental conditions leading to PHEF damage, and the effects of frost at different growth stages. PHEF resistant cultivars would be highly desirable, to both reduce the incidence of direct frost damage and to allow the timing of crop maturity to be managed to maximize yield potential. A framework of potential adaptation mechanisms is outlined. Clarification of these critical issues will sharpen research focus, improving opportunities to identify genetic sources for improved PHEF resistance. PMID:25873656

  2. FROST - FReezing Of coated and uncoated duST particles

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    Wex, H.

    2009-04-01

    In April 2008, the measurement campaign FROST (FReezing Of coated and uncoated duST particles) was conducted at the ACCENT (Atmospheric Composition Change - the European NeTwork of excellence) infrastructure site LACIS (Leipzig Aerosol Cloud Interaction Simulator). During the campaign, size selected coated and uncoated Arizona Test Dust (ATD) particles were characterized with respect to shape, chemical composition, hygroscopic growth and activation, and their ability to act as IN (Ice Nuclei). The ATD particles were dispersed by means of a fluidized bed generator. Coatings were applied in different furnaces, operated at different temperatures. The coatings were either succinic acid, sulphuric acid, or ammonium sulphate. A DMA (Differential Mobility Analyzer) was used for selecting particles with a mobility diameter of 300 nm. The following measurements were done: Three AMS (Aerosol Mass Spectrometers, e.g. Schneider et al. (2005) and references therein) were used to determine particle composition. Particles were collected on grids for subsequent TEM (Transmission Electron Micoscropy) analysis. Hygroscopic growth factors were determined by means of a HH-TDMA (High Humidity Tandem Differential Mobility Analyzer) that measured up to relative humidities (RH) of 98% (Hennig et al. (2005)). The critical super-saturations needed for the activation of the investigated particles into cloud droplets were measured with a continuous flow CCNc (Cloud Condensation Nucleus counter) from DMT (Droplet Measurement Technologies, Roberts and Nenes (2005)). The LACIS flow tube was extended to a length of 8 m, so LACIS could be used to examine the immersion freezing behaviour of the coated and uncoated ATD particles. By a bulk analysis and by the AMS measurements, the ATD particles were found to contain water soluble material, however in small quantities. By means of the online AMS measurements, it was possible to distinguish between thin and thick H2SO4 coatings. For the thin coatings, the H2SO4 was found to have reacted with material contained in the ATD, so that almost no free H2SO4 was found. For the thick coatings, obtained at higher coating temperatures, H2SO4 was detected. In general, uncoated particles and those coated with thin coatings of H2SO4 or of succinic acid, showed almost no hygroscopic growth. Particles coated with thicker coatings of H2SO4 and of ammonium sulphate grew noticeably above 95% RH (growth factors of about 1.1 at 98% RH). Both, coated and uncoated ATD particles, were found to activate at atmospherically relevant super-saturations (0.35% for pure ATD, 0.2% for succinic acid and thin H2SO4 coatings, 0.15% for thick H2SO4 and for ammonium sulphate coatings). Combining measured hygroscopic growth with activation data, a dynamic shape factor of the ATD particles of about 1.8 was derived, corroborating the deviation of the particle shape from that of a sphere. Uncoated ATD particles and particles coated with succinic acid or thin coatings of H2SO4 nucleated ice at higher temperatures, i.e. were more efficient IN, than particles with thick H2SO4 or ammonium sulphate coatings. Although the latter two were similar in hygroscopic growth and activation behaviour, they differed in their ability to act as IN, with ATD particles coated with ammonium sulphate being the most ineffective IN. This finding suggests that the investigated particle's ability to act as IN might not be related to water activity for the immersion freezing processes investigated in this study. References: Hennig, T., A. Massling, F. Brechtel, and A. Wiedensohler (2005), A tandem DMA for highly temperature-stabilized hygroscopic particle growth measurements between 90% and 98% relative humidity, J. Aerosol Sci., 36, 10, 1210-1223. Roberts, G., and A. Nenes (2005), A continuous-flow streamwise thermal-gradient CCN chamber for atmospheric measurements, Aerosol Sci. Technol., 39, 206-221. Schneider, J., N. Hock, S. Weimer, S. Borrmann, U. Kirchner, R. Vogt, and V. Scheer (2005), Nucleation particles in Diesel exhaust: Composition inferred from in situ mass sp

  3. Effect of Ice and Frost Formations on Drag of NACA 65(sub 1) -212 Airfoil for Various Modes of Thermal Ice Protection

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    Gray, V. H.; Von Glahn, U. H.

    1953-01-01

    The effects of primary and. runback icing and frost formations on the drag of an 8-foot-chord NACA 651-212 airfoil section were investigated over a range of angles of attack from 20 to 80 and airspeeds up to 260 miles per hour for icing conditions with liquid-water contents ranging from 0.25 to 1.4 grams per cubic meter and datum air temperatures of -30 to 30 F. The results showed that glaze-ice formations, either primary or runback, on the upper surface near the leading edge of the airfoil caused large and rapid increases in drag, especially at datum air temperatures approaching 32 F and in the presence of high rates of water catch. Ice formations at lower temperatures (rime ice) did not appreciably increase the drag coefficient over the initial (standard roughness) drag coefficient. Cyclic de-icing of the primary Ice formations on the airfoil leading-edge section permitted the drag coefficient to return almost to the bare airfoil drag value. Runback icing on the lower surface did not present a serious drag problem except when heavy spanwise ridges of runback ice occurred aft of the heatable area. Frost formations caused rapid and large increases in drag with incipient stalling of the airfoil.

  4. Cement mortar-degraded spinney waste composite as a matrix for immobilizing some low and intermediate level radioactive wastes: Consistency under frost attack

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    Eskander, S. B.; Saleh, H. M.

    2012-01-01

    The increasing amounts of spinning waste fibers generated from cotton fabrication are problematic subject. Simultaneous shortage in the landfill disposal space is also the most problem associated with dumping of these wastes. Cement mortar composite was developed by hydrating mortar components using the waste slurry obtained from wet oxidative degradation of these spinney wastes. The consistency of obtained composite was determined under freeze-thaw events. Frost resistance was assessed for the mortar composite specimens by evaluating its compressive strength, apparent porosity and mass loss at the end of each period of freeze-thaw up to 45 cycles. Scanning electron microscopy, infrared spectroscopy and X-ray diffraction analyses were performed for samples subjected to frost attack aiming at evaluating the cement mortar in the presence of degraded spinney waste. The cement mortar composite exhibits acceptable resistance and durability against the freeze-thaw treatment that could be chosen in radioactive waste management as immobilizing agent for some low and intermediate level radioactive wastes.

  5. Induction of Frost Hardiness in Stem Cortical Tissues of Cornus stolonifera Michx. by Water Stress: II. Biochemical Changes.

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    Chen, P M; Li, P H

    1977-02-01

    A decrease of protein, RNAs, and starch, and an increase of sugar were observed in 3-day water-stressed red osier dogwood plants (Cornus stolonifera Michx.) when the frost hardiness increased from -3 to -6 C. As the frost hardiness increased to -11 C after 7 days of treatment, the starch continuously decreased, however, the proteins and RNAs increased with a continuous increase of sugar. Further water stress treatment had little effect on the changes of these chemicals. Control plants in short days showed similar gradual biochemical changes in patterns. From the results of frost hardiness increases, the pattern of biochemical changes, and the mechanism of the increased freezing resistance, it appears that the water stress and short days accomplished essentially the same physiological end(s) in inducing frost hardiness in red-osier dogwood. PMID:16659825

  6. Frost monitoring and forecasting using MODIS Land Surface Temperature data and a Numerical Weather Prediction model forecasts for Eastern Africa

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    Limaye, A. S.; Kabuchanga, E. S.; Flores, A.; Mungai, J.; Sakwa, V. N.; Shaka, A.; Malaso, S.; Irwin, D.

    2014-12-01

    Frost is a major challenge across Eastern Africa, severely impacting agriculture. Frost damages have wide ranging economic implications on tea and coffee farms, which represent a major economic sector. Early monitoring and forecasting will enable farmers to take preventive actions to minimize the losses. Although clearly important, timely information on when to protect crops from freezing is relatively limited. MODIS Land Surface Temperature (LST) data, derived from NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, and 72-hr weather forecasts from the Kenya Meteorological Service's operational Weather Research Forecast model are enabling the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya to provide timely information to farmers in the region. This presentation will highlight an ongoing collaboration among the Kenya Meteorological Service, RCMRD, and the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya to identify frost events and provide farmers with potential frost forecasts in Eastern Africa.

  7. Frost Monitoring and Forecasting Using MODIS Land Surface Temperature Data and a Numerical Weather Prediction Model Forecasts for Eastern Africa

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    Kabuchanga, Eric; Flores, Africa; Malaso, Susan; Mungai, John; Sakwa, Vincent; Shaka, Ayub; Limaye, Ashutosh

    2014-01-01

    Frost is a major challenge across Eastern Africa, severely impacting agricultural farms. Frost damages have wide ranging economic implications on tea and coffee farms, which represent a major economic sector. Early monitoring and forecasting will enable farmers to take preventive actions to minimize the losses. Although clearly important, timely information on when to protect crops from freezing is relatively limited. MODIS Land Surface Temperature (LST) data, derived from NASA's Terra and Aqua satellites, and 72-hr weather forecasts from the Kenya Meteorological Service's operational Weather Research Forecast model are enabling the Regional Center for Mapping of Resources for Development (RCMRD) and the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya to provide timely information to farmers in the region. This presentation will highlight an ongoing collaboration among the Kenya Meteorological Service, RCMRD, and the Tea Research Foundation of Kenya to identify frost events and provide farmers with potential frost forecasts in Eastern Africa.

  8. Laboratory determination of frosting and defrosting losses for a high efficiency air-source heat pump

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    Miller, W. A.; Ellison, R. D.

    Tests to detail system and component performance data, to quantify the dynamic losses, and to seek and evaluate methods for reducing these losses were performed. A high efficiency split-system heat pump was installed in two separate air loops, with one loop housing the indoor and the other housing the outdoor unit. Calculations of the heat pump's performance based on air-side measurements were within 3% of that based on refrigerant side measurements. Performance of the heat pump was measured under steady-state, dehumidification, and frosting-defrosting conditions with major emphasis placed on the dynamic frosting operation of the system. The system and component performance was evaluated for ambient temperature levels of 8.3, 4.4, 1.7, -1.1 and -8.3 C, and for discrete humidity levels ranging from 50 to 90%.

  9. Past and Projected Changes in Snowpack and Soil Frost at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, New Hampshire

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    Campbell, J. L.; Ollinger, S. V.; Flerchinger, G. N.; Wicklein, H.; Hayhoe, K.; Bailey, A. S.

    2008-12-01

    Long-term empirical data from the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire show that air temperature has increased significantly by an average of 0.023 degrees C per year over the last 50 years of measurement. The warmer climate has caused significant declines in snow depth, snow water equivalent, and snow cover duration. Paradoxically, it has been suggested that warmer air temperatures may result in colder soil temperatures (and more soil frost) since there will be less snow cover insulating soils during winter. This prediction is supported by snow depth manipulation experiments, which have shown that soil frost depth increases when snow is removed. However it is unclear how well these experiments represent conditions associated with actual climate change. A thorough understanding of the influence of climate on soil frost is critical because it can have a profound effect on many hydrological, chemical and biological processes. Hubbard Brook has one of the longest records of soil frost field measurements in the northeastern US (45 years); however, high interannual variability and the infrequency of major soil frost events limit the ability to detect long-term trends. As an alternative to field measurements, soil frost can be modeled reliably using knowledge of the physics of energy and water transfer. In this application, we used the Simultaneous Heat and Water Model (SHAW) driven by statistically downscaled climate data from two Atmosphere-Ocean General Circulation Models (HadCM3, PCM). The SHAW model was run through the end of this century under two climate scenarios. Results indicate significant decreases in modeled soil frost due to a combination of warmer fall air temperatures and minimal declines in snowpack depth caused by greater winter precipitation. These findings counter the widely held belief that climate change will increase the depth, frequency and duration of soil frost.

  10. EVALUATION OF FROST HEAVE ON WASTE TRANSFER LINES WITH SHALLOW DEPTHS IN DST (DOUBLE SHELL TANK) FARMS

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    HAQ MA

    2009-05-12

    The purpose of this document is to evaluate the effect of frost heave on waste transfer lines with shallow depths in DST farms. Because of the insulation, well compacted sandy material around waste transfer lines, the type of sandy and gravel soil, and relatively low precipitation at Hanford site, it is concluded that waste transfer lines with one foot of soil covers (sandy cushion material and insulation) are not expected to undergo frost heave damaging effects.

  11. Frost resistance and ice nucleation in leaves of five woody timberline species measured in situ during shoot expansion.

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    Taschler, D; Beikircher, B; Neuner, G

    2004-03-01

    Frost resistance and ice nucleation temperatures of leaves, from bud swelling until after full expansion, were measured in situ for five major woody timberline species with recently developed field freezing equipment. Frost resistance determined in situ on leaves of attached twigs was significantly higher than values determined on detached leaves in laboratory tests (e.g., the temperature at which incipient frost damage was observed (LTi) was 1.2 degrees C higher for detached leaves than for attached leaves of Picea abies (L.) Karst.). Frost resistance of leaves of all species changed significantly during shoot expansion (e.g., changes of 7.2 and 11 degrees C for Rhododendron ferrugineum L. and Larix decidua Mill., respectively). Expanding leaves (between 0 and 60% of full expansion) were the most sensitive to frost, with LTi values ranging from -3.4 degrees C in R. ferrugineum to -6.3 degrees C in L. decidua. Among the studied species, P. abies and R. ferrugineum were the most frost sensitive throughout the shoot elongation period. In situ freezing patterns of leaves of attached twigs also differed from those of leaves of excised twigs. During leaf expansion, two distinct freezing exotherms were always registered in situ. The first freezing event (E1, high-temperature exotherm) was recorded at -1.5 +/- 0.2 degrees C and reflected extracellular ice formation. Exposure of leaves to temperatures at which E1 occurred was, in all cases, noninjurious. The low-temperature exotherm (E2) mostly coincided with frost damage, except for some stages of leaf expansion in R. ferrugineum and P. abies, indicating that in situ freezing exotherms were not accurate estimators of frost damage in these species. PMID:14704142

  12. Risk of spring frost to apple production under future climate scenarios: the role of phenological acclimation

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    Eccel, Emanuele; Rea, Roberto; Caffarra, Amelia; Crisci, Alfonso

    2009-05-01

    In the context of global warming, the general trend towards earlier flowering dates of many temperate tree species is likely to result in an increased risk of damage from exposure to frost. To test this hypothesis, a phenological model of apple flowering was applied to a temperature series from two locations in an important area for apple production in Europe (Trentino, Italy). Two simulated 50-year climatic projections (A2 and B2 of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change - Special Report on Emission Scenarios) from the HadCM3 general circulation model were statistically downscaled to the two sites. Hourly temperature records over a 40-year period were used as the reference for past climate. In the phenological model, the heat requirement (degree hours) for flowering was parameterized using two approaches; static (constant over time) and dynamic (climate dependent). Parameterisation took into account the trees adaptation to changing temperatures based on either past instrumental records or the downscaled outputs from the climatic simulations. Flowering dates for the past 40 years and simulated flowering dates for the next 50 years were used in the model. A significant trend towards earlier flowering was clearly detected in the past. This negative trend was also apparent in the simulated data. However, the significance was less apparent when the dynamic setting for the degree hours requirement was used in the model. The number of frost episodes and flowering dates, on an annual basis, were graphed to assess the risk of spring frost. Risk analysis confirmed a lower risk of exposure to frost at present than in the past, and probably either constant or a slightly lower risk in future, especially given that physiological processes are expected to acclimate to higher temperatures.

  13. Dynamics of low velocity collisions of ice particle, coated with frost

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    Bridges, F.; Lin, D.; Boone, L.; Darknell, D.

    1991-01-01

    We continued our investigations of low velocity collisions of ice particles for velocities in range 10(exp -3) - 2 cm/s. The work focused on two effects: (1) the sticking forces for ice particles coated with CO2 frost, and (2) the completion of a 2-D pendulum system for glancing collisions. A new computer software was also developed to control and monitor the position of the 2-D pendulum.

  14. Hydrochemical dynamics of stream water during snowmelt under differing soil frost regimes in a northern hardwood forest

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    Fuss, C. B.; Driscoll, C. T.; Green, M. B.; Groffman, P. M.

    2012-12-01

    Winter climate change is expected to alter the snowpack accumulation as well as the timing and magnitude of snowmelt events in northern hardwood forests. Additionally, lower snowpacks associated with climate change have been hypothesized to increase soil freezing events. Soil freezing has been associated with increases in acidity and the leaching of nitrate, but the observed effects are inconsistent, especially when comparing the plot and watershed scales. Snowmelt is a large portion of the annual hydrologic flux in northern hardwood forest catchments and characterized by acidic conditions, which can be deleterious for downstream water quality. The objectives of our study were to characterize the hydrochemical dynamics longitudinally within watersheds under differing climatic conditions and to determine if inconsistencies in observed responses to soil freezing can be explained by changes in hydrologic flowpaths associated with soil frost. We measured major solute chemistry in daily stream water samples collected throughout the snowmelt periods of 2010, 2011, and 2012 at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest, NH, USA. Samples were collected at the gauging station of three different watersheds (two south-facing and one north-facing) and at a higher elevation site (approximately 100 m higher than the gauging station) in one south-facing and one north-facing watershed). This sampling scheme was designed to take advantage natural differences in snow depth and soil freezing between and within watersheds. We found generally more acidic drainage water with greater flushing of nitrate (NO3-) and dissolved organic carbon (DOC) in the higher elevation sampling sites of the watersheds. Changes in solute chemistry with flow rate were more pronounced at the base of the watershed where the deeper soil profile at lower elevation allowed for more variation in hydrologic flowpaths compared to the shallow higher elevation soils. For example, changes in stream NO3- concentration associated with increases in flow during snowmelt were as much as 200% greater at the base of the watersheds compared to changes at higher elevation. Using data from soil water, shallow ground water, and snowpack, we are performing end-member mixing analysis (EMMA) to quantify the relative contribution of each source to stream water in order to characterize the hydrologic flowpaths throughout the course of snowmelt. We expect the results of the EMMA to show that the presence of soil frost attenuates lateral flow through shallow soil horizons during peak snowmelt. Our study indicates that the chemistry of snowmelt is the result of a complex set of biogeochemical and hydrological processes and that knowledge of the climatic and physical differences among subcatchments is important to understand how the northern hardwood forest is responding to winter climate change. We demonstrate that understanding the influence of soil frost on hydrology is necessary to interpret plot study soil freezing results and how they are used for larger scale predictions.

  15. Salt treatment induces frost hardiness in leaves and isolated thylakoids from spinach.

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    Schmidt, J E; Schmitt, J M; Kaiser, W M; Hincha, D K

    1986-05-01

    Frost hardiness of spinach (Spinacia oleracea L.) leaves was increased by high concentrations of NaCl in the hydroponic culture medium. Freezing damage was determined by measurement of slow chlorophyll fluorescence quenching after freezing of leaves. Both the osmolality of the leaf sap and forst hardiness of the leaves were linearly correlated with the salt concentration in the hydroponic culture medium. Freezing damage occurred, irrespective of the extent of frost hardening, when dehydration of cells during extracellular ice formation decreased cellular volume to approximately 14% of the volume of unfrozen cells. The resistance of isolated, washed thylakoids against mechanical and chemical damage by freezing was investigated. Chemical damage by freezing caused by salt accumulation was measured as release of chloroplast coupling factor (CF1; EC 3.6.1.3), and mechanical damage was measured as release of the lumenal protein plastocyanin from the membranes during an in-vitro freeze-thaw cycle. Isolated thylakoids from salt-treated frost-hardy spinach and those from plants hardened under natural conditions did not exhibit improved tolerance against chemical freezing stress exerted by high salt concentrations. They were, however, more hardy than thylakoids from unhardened control leaves against mechanical damage by freezing. PMID:24233734

  16. Frost for the trees: Did climate increase erosion in unglaciated landscapes during the late Pleistocene?

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    Marshall, Jill A.; Roering, Joshua J.; Bartlein, Patrick J.; Gavin, Daniel G.; Granger, Darryl E.; Rempel, Alan W.; Praskievicz, Sarah J.; Hales, Tristram C.

    2015-01-01

    Understanding climatic influences on the rates and mechanisms of landscape erosion is an unresolved problem in Earth science that is important for quantifying soil formation rates, sediment and solute fluxes to oceans, and atmospheric CO2 regulation by silicate weathering. Glaciated landscapes record the erosional legacy of glacial intervals through moraine deposits and U-shaped valleys, whereas more widespread unglaciated hillslopes and rivers lack obvious climate signatures, hampering mechanistic theory for how climate sets fluxes and form. Today, periglacial processes in high-elevation settings promote vigorous bedrock-to-regolith conversion and regolith transport, but the extent to which frost processes shaped vast swaths of low- to moderate-elevation terrain during past climate regimes is not well established. By combining a mechanistic frost weathering model with a regional Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) climate reconstruction derived from a paleo-Earth System Model, paleovegetation data, and a paleoerosion archive, we propose that frost-driven sediment production was pervasive during the LGM in our unglaciated Pacific Northwest study site, coincident with a 2.5 times increase in erosion relative to modern rates. Our findings provide a novel framework to quantify how climate modulates sediment production over glacial-interglacial cycles in mid-latitude unglaciated terrain. PMID:26702434

  17. Numerical Simulation of Plain Fin-and-Round Tube Heat Exchanger under Frost Condition

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    Hussein, Amar Ali; Talib, A. R. Abu; Adam, N. M.

    2010-06-01

    Three-dimensional numerical simulations are carried out to investigate the amount of heat transfer of a plain fin-and-four staggered layout and round tube rows for different fin pitch namely 25.4, 12.7, 6.35 and 4.23 mm. The simulations were conducted for two different frost thermal conductivity of 0.1 and 0.3 W/m-1K-1 using FLUENT 6.3 CFD code. The amount of heat transfer of the plain fin-and-round tube heat exchanger under frost condition (0, 1, 2, and 3 mm frost thickness) was investigated. Fluid flow and heat transfer are simulated and results calculated using two turbulence models (k-epsilon, and Transitional SST k-omega), with steady-state solver. Model validation was carried out by comparing the pressure drop of simulated case to experimental results from the literature. Reasonable agreement was found between the present simulations compared to existing numerical study and experimental data.

  18. The role of permafrost and seasonal frost in the hydrology of northern wetlands in North America

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    Woo, M.-K.; Winter, T.C.

    1993-01-01

    Wetlands are a common landscape feature in the Arctic, Subarctic, and north Temperate zones of North America. In all three-zones, the occurrnce of seasonal frost results in similar surface-water processes in the early spring. For example, surface ice and snow generally melt before the soil frost thaws, causing melt water to flow into depressions, over the land surface and at times, across low topographic divides. However, evapotranspiration and ground-water movement differ among the three climatic zones because they are more affected by permafrost than seasonal frost. The water source for plants in the Arctic is restricted to the small volume of subsurface water lying above the permafrost. Although this is also true in the Subarctic where permafrost exists, where it does not, plants may receive and possibly reflect, more regional ground-water sources. Where permafrost exists, the interaction of wetlands with subsurface water is largely restricted to shallow local flow systems. But where permafrost is absent in parts of the Subarctic and all of the Temperature zone, wetlands may have a complex interaction with ground-water-flow systems of all magnitudes. ?? 1993.

  19. Proteomic and metabolomic profiling of Valencia orange fruit after natural frost exposure.

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    Perotti, Valeria E; Moreno, Alejandra S; Trpodi, Karina E J; Meier, Guillermo; Bello, Fernando; Cocco, Maringeles; Vzquez, Daniel; Anderson, Catalina; Podest, Florencio E

    2015-03-01

    The aim of this study was to evaluate the response of orange fruit (Citrus sinensis var. Valencia Late) to freezing stress in planta, both immediately after the natural event and after a week, in order to understand the biochemical and molecular basis of the changes that later derive in internal and external damage symptoms. Using two-dimensional differential gel electrophoresis to analyze exposed and non-exposed fruit, 27 differential protein spots were detected in juice sacs and flavedo, among all comparisons made. Also, primary and secondary metabolites relative contents were analyzed in both tissues by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry, respectively. Proteins and compounds involved in regulatory functions, iron metabolism, oxidative damage and carbohydrate metabolism were the most affected. Interestingly, three glycolytic enzymes were induced by cold, and there was an increase in fermentation products (volatiles); all of that suggests that more energy generation might be required from glycolysis to counter the cold stress. Moreover, a notable increase in sugar levels was observed after frost, but it was not at the expense of organic acids utilization. Consequently, these results suggest a probable redistribution of photoassimilates in the frost-exposed plants, tending to restore the homeostasis altered by that severe type of stress. Isosinensetin was the most cold-sensitive secondary metabolite because it could not be detected at all after the frost, constituting a possible tool to early diagnose freezing damage. PMID:25132553

  20. Performance of a hypersonic hot fuselage structure with a carbon dioxide frost projected, nonintegral cryogenic tank

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    Sharpe, E. L.; Jackson, L. R.

    1975-01-01

    A model which consisted of a hot structure and a nonintegral tank protected by a carbon dioxide frost thermal protection system was tested under the following conditions: (1) room temperature loading and (2) heating and loading corresponding to the Mach 8 flight of an air-breathing launch vehicle. In the simulated flight tests, liquid nitrogen inside the tank was withdrawn at the rate fuel would be consumed. Prior to each simulated flight test, carbon dioxide was cryodeposited in the insulation surrounding the tank; during the tests, subliming CO2 frost absorbed heat and provided a purge gas for the space between the tank and the structure. A method of flame spraying the joints between panels with a nickel-aluminum material was developed to prevent excessive leakage of the purge gas through the outer structure. The tests indicated that the hot structure (with a joint repaired by riveting), the nonintegral tank and suspension system, and the carbon dioxide frost thermal protection system provide a workable concept with predictable performance.

  1. Frost damage in citric and olive production as the result of climate degradation

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    Saa Requejo, A.; Díaz Alvarez, M. C.; Tarquis, A. M.; Burgaz Moreno, F.; Garcia Moreno, R.

    2009-04-01

    Low temperature is one of the chief limiting factors in plant distribution. Freezing temperature shortens the growing season and may lower the yield and quality of any number of fruit crops. Minimum temperatures records for the Spanish region of Murcia were studied as limiting factor in fruit production. An analysis of temperature series since 1935 showed that the range of the absolute minimum temperatures (Tmin) on frost days in the target year, namely -0.5 °C to -4.0°C, was statistically similar to the range recorded in 1993, while the mean minimum temperatures (tmin) were found to have risen. The historical series also showed the mean minimum temperatures (tmin) to have increased, however. Through 1985, tmin ranged from 4.0 to -2.0 °C, depending on the area, while these limits shifted in more recent years to 7.0 - 0.5 °C. This increase in mean temperature produced that the frost episodes in March 2004 was considered by lemon, mandarin and olive producers as the worst in many years for frost damage since the minimum temperature was reached in a more sensitive phenological stage, despite the statistical evidence that similar freezing temperatures had been reached on similar dates in other years.

  2. Frosted branch angiitis in one eye and impending CRVO in the other: a diagnostic dilemma.

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    Kumar, Abiraj; Yangzes, Sonam; Singh, Ramandeep

    2015-01-01

    We present a unique case of frosted branch angiitis in one eye and impending central retinal vein occlusion in other eye of a pregnant woman, which could be an initial manifestation of Behet's disease. A 28-year-old, 33?weeks pregnant woman presented with sudden diminution of vision in her right eye. Her best-corrected visual acuity was light perception in the right eye and 20/20 in her left eye. The fundus examination revealed frosted branch angiitis in the right eye and impending central retinal vein occlusion in the left eye. After a thorough initial examination, she was administered intravenous methyl prednisolone 1?g once a day for 3?days followed by oral steroids. All extensive work up to find the cause of frosted branch angiitis was negative except for positive human leukocyte antigen B51. Systemic work up was normal. On last follow-up at 6?months, the patient had visual acuity of 20/60 in the right eye and 20/20 in the left eye. Her systemic work up was normal up to follow-up. She still remains a diagnostic dilemma, with Behet's disease as the closest diagnosis. PMID:26055592

  3. Mechanism of delayed frost growth on superhydrophobic surfaces with jumping condensates: more than interdrop freezing.

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    Hao, Quanyong; Pang, Yichuan; Zhao, Ying; Zhang, Jing; Feng, Jie; Yao, Shuhuai

    2014-12-30

    Delayed frost growth on superhydrophobic surfaces (SHSs) with jumping condensates has been found by many researchers recently. However, the mechanism of this phenomenon has not been elucidated clearly. In this study, copper SHSs with or without jumping condensates were selected as the substrates for observing condensation icing at a relative humidity (RH) of 60%. The results showed that only SHS with jumping condensates showed delayed condensation icing. Moreover, when such SHSs were placed upward and the surface temperature was held at -10 °C, some discrete frozen drops first appeared on the SHSs. The following icing mainly occurred on these discrete global crystals and then expanded around them until covering the entire surface. Little macroscopic interdrop freezing phenomenon was found. The growth of the frost front is mainly dominated by jumping freezing (the condensed droplets jumped onto the ice crystals and were frozen) or direct vapor-ice deposition. Using microscopy, we found interdrop freezing occurred, in addition to the two mechanisms mentioned above. By placing the SHS downward at -10 °C and intentionally introducing or eliminating tiny dusts, we confirmed that there were no superhydrophobic defects on our SHSs. The discrete frozen drops first appearing on the SHSs were triggered by tiny dusts falling on the surface before or during condensation icing. The key approach in delaying or resisting frost growth on SHSs with jumping condensates is to retard initial ice crystal formation, e.g., eliminating the edge effect and keeping the SHSs clean. PMID:25466489

  4. Balloon borne Antarctic frost point measurements and their impact on polar stratospheric cloud theories

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    Rosen, James M.; Hofmann, D. J.; Carpenter, J. R.; Harder, J. W.; Oltmans, S. J.

    1988-01-01

    The first balloon-borne frost point measurements over Antarctica were made during September and October, 1987 as part of the NOZE 2 effort at McMurdo. The results indicate water vapor mixing ratios on the order of 2 ppmv in the 15 to 20 km region which is somewhat smaller than the typical values currently being used significantly smaller than the typical values currently being used in polar stratospheric cloud (PSC) theories. The observed water vapor mixing ratio would correspond to saturated conditions for what is thought to be the lowest stratospheric temperatures encountered over the Antarctic. Through the use of available lidar observations there appears to be significant evidence that some PSCs form at temperatures higher than the local frost point (with respect to water) in the 10 to 20 km region thus supporting the nitric acid theory of PSC composition. Clouds near 15 km and below appear to form in regions saturated with respect to water and thus are probably mostly ice water clouds although they could contain relatively small amounts of other constituents. Photographic evidence suggests that the clouds forming above the frost point probably have an appearance quite different from the lower altitude iridescent, colored nacreous clouds.

  5. Climate Change and Crop Exposure to Adverse Weather: Changes to Frost Risk and Grapevine Flowering Conditions

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    Mosedale, Jonathan R.; Wilson, Robert J.; Maclean, Ilya M. D.

    2015-01-01

    The cultivation of grapevines in the UK and many other cool climate regions is expected to benefit from the higher growing season temperatures predicted under future climate scenarios. Yet the effects of climate change on the risk of adverse weather conditions or events at key stages of crop development are not always captured by aggregated measures of seasonal or yearly climates, or by downscaling techniques that assume climate variability will remain unchanged under future scenarios. Using fine resolution projections of future climate scenarios for south-west England and grapevine phenology models we explore how risks to cool-climate vineyard harvests vary under future climate conditions. Results indicate that the risk of adverse conditions during flowering declines under all future climate scenarios. In contrast, the risk of late spring frosts increases under many future climate projections due to advancement in the timing of budbreak. Estimates of frost risk, however, were highly sensitive to the choice of phenology model, and future frost exposure declined when budbreak was calculated using models that included a winter chill requirement for dormancy break. The lack of robust phenological models is a major source of uncertainty concerning the impacts of future climate change on the development of cool-climate viticulture in historically marginal climatic regions. PMID:26496127

  6. Frost for the trees: Did climate increase erosion in unglaciated landscapes during the late Pleistocene?

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    Marshall, Jill A; Roering, Joshua J; Bartlein, Patrick J; Gavin, Daniel G; Granger, Darryl E; Rempel, Alan W; Praskievicz, Sarah J; Hales, Tristram C

    2015-11-01

    Understanding climatic influences on the rates and mechanisms of landscape erosion is an unresolved problem in Earth science that is important for quantifying soil formation rates, sediment and solute fluxes to oceans, and atmospheric CO2 regulation by silicate weathering. Glaciated landscapes record the erosional legacy of glacial intervals through moraine deposits and U-shaped valleys, whereas more widespread unglaciated hillslopes and rivers lack obvious climate signatures, hampering mechanistic theory for how climate sets fluxes and form. Today, periglacial processes in high-elevation settings promote vigorous bedrock-to-regolith conversion and regolith transport, but the extent to which frost processes shaped vast swaths of low- to moderate-elevation terrain during past climate regimes is not well established. By combining a mechanistic frost weathering model with a regional Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) climate reconstruction derived from a paleo-Earth System Model, paleovegetation data, and a paleoerosion archive, we propose that frost-driven sediment production was pervasive during the LGM in our unglaciated Pacific Northwest study site, coincident with a 2.5 times increase in erosion relative to modern rates. Our findings provide a novel framework to quantify how climate modulates sediment production over glacial-interglacial cycles in mid-latitude unglaciated terrain. PMID:26702434

  7. Genome-wide association mapping of frost tolerance in barley (Hordeum vulgare L.)

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    2013-01-01

    Background Frost tolerance is a key trait with economic and agronomic importance in barley because it is a major component of winter hardiness, and therefore limits the geographical distribution of the crop and the effective transfer of quality traits between spring and winter crop types. Three main frost tolerance QTL (Fr-H1, Fr-H2 and Fr-H3) have been identified from bi-parental genetic mapping but it can be argued that those mapping populations only capture a portion of the genetic diversity of the species. A genetically broad dataset consisting of 184 genotypes, representative of the barley gene pool cultivated in the Mediterranean basin over an extended time period, was genotyped with 1536 SNP markers. Frost tolerance phenotype scores were collected from two trial sites, Foradada (Spain) and Fiorenzuola (Italy) and combined with the genotypic data in genome wide association analyses (GWAS) using Eigenstrat and kinship approaches to account for population structure. Results GWAS analyses identified twelve and seven positive SNP associations at Foradada and Fiorenzuola, respectively, using Eigenstrat and six and four, respectively, using kinship. Linkage disequilibrium analyses of the significant SNP associations showed they are genetically independent. In the kinship analysis, two of the significant SNP associations were tightly linked to the Fr-H2 and HvBmy loci on chromosomes 5H and 4HL, respectively. The other significant kinship associations were located in genomic regions that have not previously been associated with cold stress. Conclusions Haplotype analysis revealed that most of the significant SNP loci are fixed in the winter or facultative types, while they are freely segregating within the un-adapted spring barley genepool. Although there is a major interest in detecting new variation to improve frost tolerance of available winter and facultative types, from a GWAS perspective, working within the un-adapted spring germplasm pool is an attractive alternative strategy which would minimize statistical issues, simplify the interpretation of the data and identify phenology independent genetic determinants of frost tolerance. PMID:23802597

  8. Effects of chemical reaction, heat and mass transfer on an unsteady mixed convection boundary layer flow over a wedge with heat generation/absorption in the presence of suction or injection

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    Ganapathirao, M.; Ravindran, R.; Momoniat, E.

    2015-02-01

    The purpose of this work is to study the effects of chemical reaction, heat and mass transfer on an unsteady mixed convection boundary layer flow over a vertical wedge with heat generation/absorption in the presence of uniform suction or injection. The fluid is assumed to be viscous and incompressible. The unsteadiness is caused by the time dependent free stream velocity varying arbitrarily with time. Both accelerating and decelerating free stream flows are considered. Non-similar solutions are obtained numerically by using an implicit finite difference scheme in combination with the quasi-linearization technique. Numerical computations are carried out for different values of dimensionless parameters on velocity, temperature and concentration profiles graphically reported in the present study. Also, numerical results are presented for the local skin friction coefficient, the local Nusselt number and the local Sherwood number. Results indicate that the time effect is crucial on velocity, temperature and concentration profiles, and on the local skin friction coefficient, the local Nusselt and Sherwood numbers. The buoyancy assisting force causes overshoot in the velocity profile for lower Prandtl number fluids. Results are compared with previously published work and are found to be in an excellent agreement.

  9. High-Density Amorphous Ice, the Frost on Interstellar Grains

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    Jenniskens, P.; Blake, D. F.; Wilson, M. A.; Pohorille, A.

    1995-01-01

    Most water ice in the universe is in a form which does not occur naturally on Earth and of which only minimal amounts have been made in the laboratory. We have encountered this 'high-density amorphous ice' in electron diffraction experiments of low-temperature (T less than 30 K) vapor-deposited water and have subsequently modeled its structure using molecular dynamics simulations. The characteristic feature of high-density amorphous ice is the presence of 'interstitial' oxygen pair distances between 3 and 4 A. However, we find that the structure is best described as a collapsed lattice of the more familiar low-density amorphous form. These distortions are frozen in at temperatures below 38 K because, we propose, it requires the breaking of one hydrogen bond, on average, per molecule to relieve the strain and to restructure the lattice to that of low-density amorphous ice. Several features of astrophysical ice analogs studied in laboratory experiments are readily explained by the structural transition from high-density amorphous ice into low-density amorphous ice. Changes in the shape of the 3.07 gm water band, trapping efficiency of CO, CO loss, changes in the CO band structure, and the recombination of radicals induced by low-temperature UV photolysis all covary with structural changes that occur in the ice during this amorphous to amorphous transition. While the 3.07 micrometers ice band in various astronomical environments can be modeled with spectra of simple mixtures of amorphous and crystalline forms, the contribution of the high-density amorphous form nearly always dominates.

  10. Measuring the Size of a Small, Frost World

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    2006-01-01

    Observing a very rare occultation of a star by Pluto's satellite Charon from three different sites, including Paranal, home of the VLT, astronomers were able to determine with great accuracy the radius and density of the satellite to the farthest planet. The density, 1.71 that of water, is indicative of an icy body with about slightly more than half of rocks. The observations also put strong constraints on the existence of an atmosphere around Charon. ESO PR Photo 02a/06 ESO PR Photo 02a/06 Artist's Impression of the Pluto-Charon system Since its discovery in 1978, Charon and Pluto have appeared to form a double planet, rather than a planet-satellite couple. Actually, Charon is about twice as small as Pluto in size, and about eight times less massive. However, there have been considerable discussions concerning the precise radii of Pluto and Charon, as well as about the presence of a tenuous atmosphere around Charon. In August 2004, Australian amateur astronomer Dave Herald predicted that the 15-magnitude star UCAC2 26257135 should be occulted by Charon on 11 July 2005. The occultation would be observable from some parts of South America, including Cerro Paranal, in the northern Atacama Desert, the location of ESO's Very Large Telescope (VLT). Stellar occultations have proved to be powerful tools to both measure sizes - at km-level accuracy, i.e. a factor ten better than what is feasible with other techniques - and detect very tenuous atmosphere - at microbar levels or less. Unfortunately, in the case of Charon, such occultations are extremely rare, owing to the very small angular diameter of the satellite on the sky: 55 milli-arcsec, i.e. the size of a one Euro coin observed from 100 km away! This explains why only one occultation by Charon was ever observed before 2005, namely on 7 April 1980 by Alistair Walker, from the South Africa Astronomical Observatory. Similarly, only in 1985, 1988 and 2002 could astronomers observe stellar occultations by Pluto. Quite surprisingly, the 2002 event showed that Pluto's atmospheric pressure had increased by a factor of two in four years (ESO PHOT 21/02). "Several factors, however, have boosted our odds for witnessing occultations of Charon," said Bruno Sicardy, from Paris Observatory (France) and lead author of the paper reporting the results. "First, larger telescopes now give access to fainter stars, thus multiplying the candidates for occultations. Secondly, stellar catalogues have become much more precise, allowing us to do better predictions. And, finally, the Pluto-Charon system is presently crossing the Milky Way, thereby increasing the likelihood of an occultation." ESO PR Photo 02b/06 ESO PR Photo 02b/06 The Pluto-Charon System (NACO/VLT) The July 2005 event was eventually observed from Paranal with Yepun, the fourth Unit Telescope of the VLT, equipped with the adaptive optics instrument NACO, as well as with the 0.5m "Campo Catino Austral Telescope" at San Pedro de Atacama (Chile), and with the 2.15m "Jorge Sahade" telescope at Cerro El Leoncito (Argentina). An accurate timing of the occultation seen at the three sites provides the most accurate measurement of Charon's size: its radius is found to be 603.6 km, with an error of the order of 5 km. This accuracy now allows astronomers to pin Charon's density down to 1.71 that of water, indicative of an icy body with about slightly more than half of rocks. Quite remarkably, Charon's density is now measured with much more precision than Pluto's. ESO PR Photo 02c/06 ESO PR Photo 02c/06 Charon's Occultation on July 11, 2005 Thanks to these observations, Sicardy and his collaborators could determine that if an tenuous atmosphere exists on Charon, linking it to the freezing -220 degrees centigrade or so surface, its pressure has to be less than one tenth of a millionth that at the surface of the Earth, or 0.1 microbar, assuming that it is constituted entirely of nitrogen. A similar upper limit is derived for a gas like carbon monoxide. This is more than a factor one hundred smaller than Pluto's surface pressure, which is estimated to be in the range 10-15 microbars. "Comparing Pluto and Charon, we seem to cross a borderline between bodies which may have bound atmospheres - like Pluto - and airless bodies like Charon", said Olivier Hainaut, from ESO and member of the team. The observations also indicate that methane ice, if present, should be restricted to very cold regions of the surface. Similarly, nitrogen ice would be confined at best to high northern latitudes or permanently shadowed regions of Charon. As Pluto and its satellite sweep across the Milky Way, observations of more occultations will be tempted from the ground, while the NASA's Pluto-Kuiper Belt Mission, to be launched in January 2006, will be travelling towards the planet, that it should reach in July 2015. A report of these results is to be published in the January 5, 2006 issue of Nature ("Charon's size and upper limit on its atmosphere from a stellar occultation", by B. Sicardy, A. Bellucci, E. Gendron, F. Lacombe, S. Lacour, J. Lecacheux, E. Lellouch, S. Renner, S. Pau, F. Roques, T. Widemann, F. Colas, F. Vachier, N. Ageorges, O. Hainaut, O. Marco, W. Beisker, E. Hummel, C. Feinstein, H. Levato, A. Maury, E. Frappa, B. Gaillard, M. Lavayssire, M. Di Sora, F. Mallia, G. Masi, R. Behrend, F. Carrier, O. Mousis, P. Rousselot, A. Alvarez-Candal, D. Lazzaro, C. Veiga, A.H. Andrei, M. Assafin, D.N. da Silva Neto, R. Vieira Martins, C. Jacques, E. Pimentel, D. Weaver, J.-F Lecampion, F. Doncel, T. Momiyama, and G. Tancredi). High resolution images and their captions are available on this page.

  11. Biochemical Changes in Tuber-bearing Solanum Species in Relation to Frost Hardiness during Cold Acclimation 1

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    Chen, Hwei-Hwang; Li, Paul H.

    1980-01-01

    Biochemical changes in potato leaves during cold acclimation have been examined and compared between a frost-tolerant S. acaule and a frost-susceptible S. tuberosum species. Changes were also examined in S. tuberosum, S. acaule, and S. commersonii species when they were hardened at different temperatures to varying hardiness levels. During three weeks of stepwise cold acclimation, S. acaule increased frost hardiness from ?6.0 C (killing temperature) to ?9.0 C, whereas frost hardiness of S. tuberosum remained unchanged at ?3.0 C. Decreases in DNA content on a dry weight basis in both species suggest that matured leaf cells accumulated more dry matter during acclimation. The advantage of using DNA as a reference for comparing metabolite changes during cold acclimation is discussed. Under the stepwise acclimating conditions, both species showed the same trends for increasing total sugar and starch with an insignificant decrease in leaf water content. High levels of total RNA, rRNA, and total and soluble protein were observed in treated S. acaule plants as compared with controls, but not in S. tuberosum. Levels of total lipid and phospholipid also were high in treated S. acaule plants as compared with controls but decreased in S. tuberosum during acclimation. When S. tuberosum, S. acaule, and S. commersonii potatoes were cold-treated at constant day/night temperatures of 10, 5, and 2 C with 14-hour daylength, each species responds differently in terms of frost hardiness increase upon subjecting plants to a low temperature. For instance, after 20 days at 2 C, a net frost hardiness of 3 and 7 C was observed in S. acaule and S. commersonii, respectively, whereas the frost hardiness in S. tuberosum remained unchanged. Also, various levels of frost hardiness can be achieved in a species by subjecting plants to different low temperature treatments. Under a warm regime of 20/15 C day/night temperatures (14-hour light), both S. acaule and S. commersonii can survive at ?4.5 C or colder, whereas S. tuberosum can survive only at ?2.5 C. Biochemical changes in the leaf tissue of these species were investigated at 5-day intervals during low temperature treatments. Increases in total sugar and starch were found in all three species during hardening, although S. tuberosum failed to harden. Soluble protein contents were increased in both S. acaule and S. commersonii but decreased in S. tuberosum. RNA contents change in a pattern similar to the soluble protein. Net increases of the soluble proteins were positively and significantly correlated with net increases of frost hardiness in S. acaule and S. commersonii. PMID:16661447

  12. Recent changes in frost days events characteristics in Uruguay-Southeastern South America.

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    Renom, Madeleine; De Mello, Santiago

    2015-04-01

    There are few studies about extreme temperature events in Southeastern South America as is it mentioned in the SREX report (2009), although these events generate human health impacts and big economical looses. Southeastern South America is one of the major agricultural production regions worldwide. Particularly in Uruguay, agricultural production represents a high percentage of the GDP and, in the last 15 years there has been a significant increase in the area used for that economic activity. Although frost is not always is considered as an extreme event it causes, in the case of Uruguay, an impact on society, energy consumption and agricultural losses. Previous studies have shown a negative trend in the occurrence of cold nights (TN10) during winter (June-July-August) and autumn (March-April-May) in Uruguay. This work try to determine if these trends affects the occurrences and characteristics of frost days (Tmin< 0C). Based on a high-quality daily minimum temperature for 11 meteorological stations that cover the period 1950-2009, we analyzed different features of frost days. Long term trends do not present a clear spatial behaviour suggesting that there is a not clear relationship between the percentile based index (TN10) and a fixed index (FD). At monthly scale, May and September show a negative trend, although these months present a low number of cases that difficult the statistical treatment. It is noticeable that from a decadal point of view the last decade (2000-2009) was the decade with fewer occurrences comparing with the rest, while the 90's is the decade that presents more cases. We also analyzed changes in frost period (FP) which commonly extends from May to September. In general all the stations present a decrease in the FP in accordance with the negative trend detected at monthly scale, suggesting a warming in autumn and spring time. Although we detected different behaviour in two stations, one located inner land and the other located on the Atlantic coast of the country. The former presents a linear trend in the FP, while the other shows a decadal variability. Regarding the frost intensity we analysed the consecutive frost days (CFD) index, which shows that the usual length is around 2-4 days. The decadal analysis shows that during the first decades events lasting 4-5 days were common, while in the last decades isolated events were detected. We also study the intensity considering the occurrence of events in different ranges of temperature: [0,-1], [-1,-2] and below -2C. Overall, during the 90's there are more events below -2 C, while during the 2000s although there were fewer events in the coastal stations they are more intense. Relationships with large scale anomalies circulations were also studied.

  13. Effect of Air Velocity, Surface Temperature, and Absolute Humidity on Frosting Phenomena under Condition of Electric Field

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    Kusumoto, Hiroshi; Shizuya, Mitsutaka; Itoo, Masaaki

    The correlation of effect of electric field and environmental parameters on frosting phenomena was studied. The investigation was based on experiments with a forced air stream on the cold plate surface under several frosting conditions. The effect of electric field, defrosting phenomena, was evaluated from frost formation rate and mass transfer coefficient, which was derived from the amount of frost remained on the cold plate surface. The results obtained were as follows ; (1)Under large difference of absolute humidity, the reduction rate of frost formation rate obtained by forming the electric field appeared at nearly constant rate and was independent of the difference of absolute humidity, but it disappeared where the difference of absolute humidity was small. (2)The mass transfer coefficient under the electric field became small as temperature of the cold plate surface became lower. (3)The reduction rate of mass transfer coefficient occured by forming the electric field decreased as air velocity increased. (4)The mass transfer coefficient under the electric field decreased proportionally as the field strength were strength end from 0 k V /cm, but became not to vary beyond a field strength, which depended on temperature of the cold plate surface.

  14. Prediction of Frost Risks and Plagues using WRF model: a Port Wine region case study

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    Rodrigues, M. A.; Rocha, A.; Monteiro, A.; Qunol, H.; de Freitas, J. R.

    2012-04-01

    In viticulture where the quality of the wine, the selection of the grapevines or even the characteristics of the farming soil, also depending from local soil features like topography, proximity of a river or water body, will act locally on the weather. Frosts are of significant concern to growers of many cultures crops such as winegrapes. Because of their high latitude and some altitude, the vineyards of the Demarcated Douro Region (DDR) are subjected to the frost, which cause serious damages. But the hazards of vineyard don't confine to the incidents of the fortuitous and meteorological character. The illnesses and plagues affect frequently the vineyards of Demarcated Douro Region due, namely to the weather, to the high power of the regional stocks, to the dense vegetation badly drained and favourable to the setting of numberless fungi, viruses and/or poisonous insects. In the case of DDR it is worth noticing the meteorological conditions due to the weather characteristics. Although there are several illnesses and plagues the most important enemies for the vine in the DDR are the mildew, oidium, grey rottenness, grape moth,. . . , if the climatic conditions favour their appearance and development. For this study, we selected some months for different periods, at the 16 weather stations of the Region of Douro. We use the Weather Research and Forecast Model (WRF) to study and possibly predict the occurrence of risk and plagues (mildew) episodes. The model is first validated with the meteorological data obtained at the weather stations. The knowledge of frost and plagues occurrence allows one to decrease its risks not only by selecting the cultural species and varieties but also the places of growth and the planting and sowing dates.

  15. Acclimation to frost alters proteolytic response of wheat seedlings to drought.

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    Grudkowska, Ma?gorzata; Zagda?ska, Barbara

    2010-11-01

    A comparative examination of cysteine proteinases in winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings differing in sensitivity to frost and drought revealed many similarities and differences in response to water deprivation. Azocaseinolytic activity was enhanced under water deficiency, but the enhancement was significantly lower in the tolerant genotype (Kobra cultivar). On the contrary, acclimation of wheat seedlings at low temperature had no effect on the proteolytic activity of the tolerant cultivar and depressed the azocaseinolytic activity of the sensitive cultivar (Tortija). However, the observed depression of enzyme activity was fully reversible under dehydration. The content of soluble proteins was reduced in dehydrated non-acclimated and in acclimated seedlings of the frost-sensitive cultivar, but increased in acclimated seedlings of the tolerant cultivar. The cysteine proteinases were preferentially induced under water deficiency when assessment was based on the inhibitory effect of iodoacetate on azocasein hydrolysis. Separation of cysteine proteinases by SDS-PAGE containing gelatin as a substrate showed two bands with apparent molecular masses of 36 and 38 kDa in the sensitive cultivar, and a third band was detected (42 kDa) in the resistant cultivar. Water deficit and low temperature induced the new cysteine proteinases of molecular masses about 29, 33 and 42 kDa in sensitive non-acclimated seedlings. Polyclonal antibodies raised against Arabidopsis proteinase responsive to drought (RD21) cross-reacted with the protein in the 33 kDa region, and a slight signal was obtained in the 42 kDa region, but only in dehydrated seedlings acclimated to frost. Several polypeptides of molecular masses of 30, 22, 20 and 18 kDa were recognized by the Arabidopsis aleurain-like proteinase (AtALEU) antibodies. The results presented indicate that cysteine proteinases are potentially responsible for both low temperature and drought tolerance. PMID:20674076

  16. New BEV/E+E Elektronik Low-Frost-Point/High-Pressure Generator

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    Mitter, H.

    2015-08-01

    Currently, the humidity standard at BEV/E+E is limited in the lower frost-point range to at pressures up to 1 MPa and to at ambient pressure. The system is also mainly designed for use with pure nitrogen as the carrier gas. In recent years, there has been a demand for humidity measurements in non-air gases (NAG) in contrast to "air gases" such as nitrogen, synthetic air, and -free standard air, even at pressures up to 10 MPa and in the frost-point range down to . NAGs can be gases such as , , and gas mixtures such as natural gas. To fulfill the requirements for humidity standardsespecially in the high-pressure rangeand to give the opportunity to determine thermodynamic properties such as enhancement factors in different carrier gases, a new "low-frost-point/high-pressure humidity generator" has been designed and verified at BEV/E+E Elektronik. The new humidity generator is designed as a single-pass generator with a maximum standard flow of and can be operated in the two-pressure mode as well as in the single-pressure mode at pressures up to 10 MPa. The design of the saturator focussed on reliability at high pressures and on achieving sufficient saturation efficiency at temperatures down to at least . First results of verification are presented in the range of saturator temperatures from to and at pressures up to 10 MPa. High-pressure data are presented for nitrogen and methane as carrier gases.

  17. Vertical movements of frost mounds in subarctic permafrost regions analyzed using geodetic survey and satellite interferometry

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    Beck, I.; Ludwig, R.; Bernier, M.; Strozzi, T.; Boike, J.

    2015-08-01

    Permafrost-affected soils cover about 40-45 % of Canada. The environment in such areas, especially those located within the discontinuous permafrost zone, has been impacted more than any other by recorded climatic changes. A number of changes, such as surface subsidence and the degradation of frost mounds due to permafrost thawing, have already been observed at many locations. We surveyed three frost mounds (lithalsas) in the subarctic, close to Umiujaq in northern Quebec, using high-precision differential global positioning system (d-GPS) technology during field visits in 2009, 2010 and 2011, thus obtaining detailed information on their responses to the freezing and thawing that occur during the course of the annual temperature cycle. Seasonal pulsations were detected in the frost mounds, and these responses were shown to vary with their state of degradation and the land cover. The most degraded lithalsa showed a maximum amplitude of vertical movement (either up or down) between winter (freezing) and summer (thawing) of 0.19 0.09 m over the study period, while for the least degraded lithalsa this figure was far greater (1.24 0.47 m). Records from areas with little or no vegetation showed far less average vertical movement over the study period (0.17 0.03 m) than those with prostrate shrubs (0.56 0.02 m), suggesting an influence from the land cover. A differential interferometric synthetic aperture radar (D-InSAR) analysis was also completed over the lithalsas using selected TerraSAR-X images acquired from April to October 2009 and from March to October 2010, with a repeat cycle of 11 days. Interferograms with baselines shorter than 200 m were computed revealing a generally very low interferometric coherence, restricting the quantification of vertical movements of the lithalsas. Vertical surface movements of the order of a few centimeters were recorded in the vicinity of Umiujaq.

  18. Liquid-infused nanostructured surfaces with extreme anti-ice and anti-frost performance.

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    Kim, Philseok; Wong, Tak-Sing; Alvarenga, Jack; Kreder, Michael J; Adorno-Martinez, Wilmer E; Aizenberg, Joanna

    2012-08-28

    Ice-repellent coatings can have significant impact on global energy savings and improving safety in many infrastructures, transportation, and cooling systems. Recent efforts for developing ice-phobic surfaces have been mostly devoted to utilizing lotus-leaf-inspired superhydrophobic surfaces, yet these surfaces fail in high-humidity conditions due to water condensation and frost formation and even lead to increased ice adhesion due to a large surface area. We report a radically different type of ice-repellent material based on slippery, liquid-infused porous surfaces (SLIPS), where a stable, ultrasmooth, low-hysteresis lubricant overlayer is maintained by infusing a water-immiscible liquid into a nanostructured surface chemically functionalized to have a high affinity to the infiltrated liquid and lock it in place. We develop a direct fabrication method of SLIPS on industrially relevant metals, particularly aluminum, one of the most widely used lightweight structural materials. We demonstrate that SLIPS-coated Al surfaces not only suppress ice/frost accretion by effectively removing condensed moisture but also exhibit at least an order of magnitude lower ice adhesion than state-of-the-art materials. On the basis of a theoretical analysis followed by extensive icing/deicing experiments, we discuss special advantages of SLIPS as ice-repellent surfaces: highly reduced sliding droplet sizes resulting from the extremely low contact angle hysteresis. We show that our surfaces remain essentially frost-free in which any conventional materials accumulate ice. These results indicate that SLIPS is a promising candidate for developing robust anti-icing materials for broad applications, such as refrigeration, aviation, roofs, wires, outdoor signs, railings, and wind turbines. PMID:22680067

  19. Patches of Remnant Frost/Snow on Crater Rim in Northern Summer

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    1999-01-01

    March 1999--it is summer in the martian northern hemisphere, yet patches of frost or snow persist in some areas of the northern plains. Winter ended eight months earlier, in July 1998. Recently, the Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) passed over a relatively small impact crater located at latitude 68oN (on the Vastitas Borealis plain, north of Utopia Planitia) and took the picture seen at the left, above. The curved crater rims are visible in the upper and lower quarters of the image, and the crater floor is visible at the center right.

    The picture on the right is a magnified view of the crater rim area outlined by a white box in the image on the left. The bright patches are snow or frost left over from the martian winter. These snowfields are so small that a human could walk across one of them in a matter of minutes--or perhaps sled down the small, sloping patch that is seen in a shadowed area near the lower left.

    In winter, the entire scene shown here would be covered by frost. The long strip at the left covers an area 3 km (1.9 mi) wide by 26 km (16 mi) long. The expanded view on the right covers an area 2.9 km (1.8 mi) by 5.3 km (3.3 mi). Illumination is from the upper right.

    Malin Space Science Systems and the California Institute of Technology built the MOC using spare hardware from the Mars Observer mission. MSSS operates the camera from its facilities in San Diego, CA. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Mars Surveyor Operations Project operates the Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft with its industrial partner, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, from facilities in Pasadena, CA and Denver, CO.

  20. The Antarctic First Regional Observing Study of the Troposphere (FROST) Project.

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    Turner, John; Colwell, Steven; Leonard, Steven; Bromwich, David; Dixon, Stephen; Hutchinson, Hugh; Jacka, Kieran; Marsh, Lawrie; Pendlebury, Stephen; Gibson, Tim; Hart, Terry; Heinemann, Gnther; Lieder, Michael; Phillpot, Henry; Pook, Mike; Simmonds, Ian

    1996-09-01

    An account is given of the Antarctic First Regional Observing Study of the Troposphere (FROST) project, which has been organized by the Physics and Chemistry of the Atmosphere Group of the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research. The goals of FROST are to study the meteorology of the Antarctic, to determine the strengths and weaknesses of operational analyses and forecasts over the continent and in the surrounding ocean areas, and to assess the value of new forms of satellite data that are becoming available. FROST is based around three one-month Special Observing Periods (S0Ps)-July 1994, 16 October-15 November 1994, and January 1995 for which comprehensive datasets have been established of model fields and in situ and satellite observations. High quality manual surface and upper-air analyses are being prepared for these periods to determine the extent to which non-Global Telecommunications System data can improve the interpretation of the synoptic situation. Over the ocean areas during SOP-1, incorporation of the late data resulted only in a limited improvement in the analyses, indicating that the models are correctly analyzing most of the major weather systems. Over the continent, the production of 500-hPa heights from the automatic weather station data greatly helped in the analysis process. The lack of data around west Antarctica was a major handicap in the analysis process. The rms errors in the forecasts of 500-hPa height for the Antarctic were about 20% greater than those for midlatitude areas. The forecasts from the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts were the most accurate of those received.

  1. Spatiotemporal variability of the latest frosts in Korean Peninsula and causes of atmospheric circulation

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    Kim, Jin-Ah; Byun, Hi-Ryong

    2016-02-01

    The spatiotemporal distributions of latest frost dates (LFDs) on the Korean Peninsula and the atmospheric circulation patterns that resulted in the latest frosts (LFs) were investigated through the use of historical records and modern weather observation data. During the modern observation period since 1904, the most recent record of LF was April 28, 2013 at Daegwallyeong. On average, the LF occurred in Korea between March 17 (at Wando) and May 10 (at Daegwallyeong). Positive correlations were found between LFD and altitude and latitude. Additionally, inter- annual variation of LFD showed a trend of progressively earlier dates at 32 of the 48 stations at which data were available. The historic data set consists of the following: 39 records of frosts during the Three-States Period (57 BC-998 AD): 34 records during the Goryeo Dynasty (998-1391), among which the latest record was in July of the lunar calendar: and 498 during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1928) with one LF dated August 31, 1417 on the solar calendar. Regarding LFD from The Annals of the Joseon Dynasty, April has 11 records, May has 55, June has 46, July has 21, and August has 5 LFD records. Various meteorological causes of the latest LF were then established. Firstly, a cold and humid north-easterly current that originates from high latitudes of more than 50°N and passes through the East Sea is considered one of the dominant causes of LF. Secondly, strong radiative cooling under clear skies is suspected as another important cause. Thirdly, a specific pressure pattern, called the `inverted-S contour' or `North High and South Low (NHSL) pattern' was found to be a favorable condition for LF. Finally the latest LF was not found to be related to monthly or longer-term cold climate, but are instead linked to the abrupt development of a strong ridge over inland Asia and the unusual southward movement of the tall polar cyclone over the North Pacific Ocean.

  2. Seasonal to Decadal Variations of Water Vapor in the Tropical Lower Stratosphere Observed with Balloon-Borne Cryogenic Frost Point Hygrometers

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    Fujiwara, M.; Voemel, H.; Hasebe, F.; Shiotani, M.; Ogino, S.-Y.; Iwasaki, S.; Nishi, N.; Shibata, T.; Shimizu, K.; Nishimoto, E.; ValverdeCanossa, J. M.; Selkirk, H. B.; Oltmans, S. J.

    2010-01-01

    We investigated water vapor variations in the tropical lower stratosphere on seasonal, quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO), and decadal time scales using balloon-borne cryogenic frost point hygrometer data taken between 1993 and 2009 during various campaigns including the Central Equatorial Pacific Experiment (March 1993), campaigns once or twice annually during the Soundings of Ozone and Water in the Equatorial Region (SOWER) project in the eastern Pacific (1998-2003) and in the western Pacific and Southeast Asia (2001-2009), and the Ticosonde campaigns and regular sounding at Costa Rica (2005-2009). Quasi-regular sounding data taken at Costa Rica clearly show the tape recorder signal. The observed ascent rates agree well with the ones from the Halogen Occultation Experiment (HALOE) satellite sensor. Average profiles from the recent five SOWER campaigns in the equatorial western, Pacific in northern winter and from the three Ticosonde campaigns at Costa Rica (10degN) in northern summer clearly show two effects of the QBO. One is the vertical displacement of water vapor profiles associated with the QBO meridional circulation anomalies, and the other is the concentration variations associated with the QBO tropopause temperature variations. Time series of cryogenic frost point hygrometer data averaged in a lower stratospheric layer together with HALOE and Aura Microwave Limb Sounder data show the existence of decadal variations: The mixing ratios were higher and increasing in the 1990s, lower in the early 2000s, and probably slightly higher again or recovering after 2004. Thus linear trend analysis is not appropriate to investigate the behavior of the tropical lower stratospheric water vapor.

  3. Determination of E and G Observables in n Photoproduction on the CLAS Frozen Spin Target (FROST)

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    Senderovich, Igor; Morrison, Brian T.; Dugger, Michael R.; Ritchie, Barry G.; Tucker, Ross J.

    2014-01-01

    Polarization observables are vital for disentangling overlapping resonances in the baryon spectrum. Extensive data have been collected at Jefferson Lab in Hall B with circularly and linearly polarized tagged photon beam incident on longitudinally polarized protons provided by the Frozen Spin Target (FROST). The focus of the described work is on ? photoproduction, which acts as an "isospin filter", isolating the N*(I = 1/2) resonances. Preliminary results for the double-polarization observables E and G are presented. There are currently no data on these in the world database for ? photoproduction.

  4. A laboratory study of the diffuse reflectance spectra of frosts occurring on astronomical objects

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    Glaser, F. M.

    1975-01-01

    Mechanical, optical, and operating properties of an experiment chamber are examined and possible sample contamination difficulty is explained. The mechanical and operational characteristics of this apparatus are well suited for the study of the reflectance spectra of frosts. The infrared energy available at the detector is low and steps to increase the energy and the responsivity of the detector were taken. The problem of a standard diffuse reflector which is useful in the far ultraviolet region is considered and it is suggested that bright gold be used as the standard.

  5. (Method and means for preventing frost damage to crops): Final technical report

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    Not Available

    1987-01-01

    This report covers the activities regarding the design, construction and testing of the REICH Heater for providing frost protection to crops. The report covers the following grant objectives: Redesign and fabrication of an improved version of the REICH Heater, modification of existing field test facilities at the University of Florida, testing an upgraded version of the REICH Heater under actual field conditions, and design of a production version of the REICH Heater. A statement is included covering the present status of the ''commercialization'' of the REICH Heater.

  6. Determination of E and G Observables in ? Photoproduction on the Clas Frozen Spin Target (frost)

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    Senderovich, Igor; Morrison, B. T.; Dugger, M.; Ritchie, B.; Tucker, R.

    2014-01-01

    Polarization observables are vital for disentangling overlapping resonances in the baryon spectrum. Extensive data have been collected at Jefferson Lab in Hall B with circularly and linearly polarized tagged photon beam incident on longitudinally polarized protons provided by the Frozen Spin Target (FROST). The focus of the described work is on ? photoproduction, which acts as an "isospin filter", isolating the N*(I = 1/2) resonances. Preliminary results for the double-polarization observables E and G are presented. There are currently no data on these in the world database for ? photoproduction.

  7. Scattering properties of natural snow and frost - Comparison with icy satellite photometry

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    Verbiscer, Anne J.; Veverka, Joseph

    1990-01-01

    The Hapke (1986) equation is presently fit to ascertain the single-scattering albedo of the icy satellites of Uranus and Neptune and the one-term Henyey-Greenstein particle-phase function g for each of the Middleton and Mungall (1952) goniophotometric data samples. There emerge both very high single-scattering albedos and strongly forward-scattering particle phase functions; while these are in keeping with Mie theory-based theoretical considerations, they contrast with the observed backscattering behavior of icy satellites. It is suggested the icy satellite frost grains are aggregated into particles of complex texture, which produce the unusual backscattering behavior.

  8. Timing of frost deposition on Martian dunes: A clue to properties of dune particles?

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    Thomas, P.

    1987-01-01

    Scans were made across the Martian dunes found in images taken at several different times to determine the time history of the dune albedo. Atmospheric contributions were estimated using optical depth data and the brightness of shadows in some images. The data show that the dunes brighten very substantially between L(s) = 10 and 40 deg, depending on the latitude. Bright coverings on dunes form outliers 1 to 5 deg north of the cap edge. Formation of the general cap then sometimes reverses the contrast of the dune field with the surrounding area. Causes for the early deposition of frost on dunes relative to surroundings are discussed.

  9. Plenary Talk: CLAS+FROST: new generation of photoproduction experiments at Jefferson Lab.

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    Pasyuk, E.

    2009-12-01

    A large part of the experimental program in Hall B of the Jefferson Lab is dedicated to baryon spectroscopy. Photoproduction experiments are essential part of this program. CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) and availability of circularly and linearly polarized tagged photon beams provide unique conditions for this type of experiments. Recent addition of the Frozen Spin Target (FROST) gives a remarkable opportunity to measure double and triple polarization observables for different pseudo-scalar meson photoproduction processes. For the first time, a complete or nearly complete experiment becomes possible and will allow model independent extraction of the reaction amplitude. An overview of the experiment and its current status is presented.

  10. CLAS+FROST: new generation of photoproduction experiments at Jefferson Lab

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    Eugene Pasyuk

    2009-12-01

    A large part of the experimental program in Hall B of the Jefferson Lab is dedicated to baryon spectroscopy. Photoproduction experiments are essential part of this program. CEBAF Large Acceptance Spectrometer (CLAS) and availability of circularly and linearly polarized tagged photon beams provide unique conditions for this type of experiments. Recent addition of the Frozen Spin Target (FROST) gives a remarkable opportunity to measure double and triple polarization observables for different pseudo-scalar meson photoproduction processes. For the first time, a complete or nearly complete experiment becomes possible and will allow model independent extraction of the reaction amplitude. An overview of the experiment and its current status is presented.

  11. Microbial Analysis of Arctic Snow and Frost Flowers: What Next Generation Sequencing Method Can Reveal

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    Mortazavi, R.; Attiya, S.; Ariya, P. A.

    2014-12-01

    We herein examined and identified the population of the microbial communities of Arctic snow types and frost flower during the spring 2009 campaign of the Ocean-Atmosphere-Sea Ice-Snowpack (OASIS) program in Barrow, Alaska, USA. In addition to conventional microbial identification techniques (culture-isolation-PCR amplification-sequencing) we deployed a state-of-the-art genomic Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technique to examine the true bacterial communities in Arctic samples. Our results have indicated that diverse community of microbial exists in Arctic with many originating from distinct ecological environment. The alterations observed in the texture of Arctic samples by microbial has further signified their importance in ecosystem.

  12. Further laboratory study of the diffuse reflectance spectra of frosts occurring on astronomical objects

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    Glaser, F. M.

    1976-01-01

    Oligoclase and bloedite, two mined samples, have been investigated, and the diffuse reflectance spectra are presented. These data are for powdered material, 50 microns to 5 microns size mixture, cooled to 160 K. The reflectivity of the oligoclase sample was also measured at room temperature, about 290 K, and the results at these two temperatures do indicate some tentative differences. A frost of ordinary water was prepared and its spectral reflectance is presented. This result compares reasonably well with measurements made by other investigators.

  13. Boundary Layer

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    Loitsianskii. L. G.

    1956-01-01

    The fundamental, practically the most important branch of the modern mechanics of a viscous fluid or a gas, is that branch which concerns itself with the study of the boundary layer. The presence of a boundary layer accounts for the origin of the resistance and lift force, the breakdown of the smooth flow about bodies, and other phenomena that are associated with the motion of a body in a real fluid. The concept of boundary layer was clearly formulated by the founder of aerodynamics, N. E. Joukowsky, in his well-known work "On the Form of Ships" published as early as 1890. In his book "Theoretical Foundations of Air Navigation," Joukowsky gave an account of the most important properties of the boundary layer and pointed out the part played by it in the production of the resistance of bodies to motion. The fundamental differential equations of the motion of a fluid in a laminar boundary layer were given by Prandtl in 1904; the first solutions of these equations date from 1907 to 1910. As regards the turbulent boundary layer, there does not exist even to this day any rigorous formulation of this problem because there is no closed system of equations for the turbulent motion of a fluid. Soviet scientists have done much toward developing a general theory of the boundary layer, and in that branch of the theory which is of greatest practical importance at the present time, namely the study of the boundary layer at large velocities of the body in a compressed gas, the efforts of the scientists of our country have borne fruit in the creation of a new theory which leaves far behind all that has been done previously in this direction. We shall herein enumerate the most important results by Soviet scientists in the development of the theory of the boundary layer.

  14. Development of a Frost Risk Assessment Tool in Agriculture for a Mediterranean ecosystem Utilizing MODIS satellite observations Geomatics and Surface Data

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    Louka, Panagiota; Papanikolaou, Ioannis; Petropoulos, George; Migiros, George; Tsiros, Ioannis

    2014-05-01

    Frost risk in Mediterranean countries is a critical factor in agricultural planning and management. Nowadays, the rapid technological developments in Earth Observation (EO) technology have improved dramatically our ability to map the spatiotemporal distribution of frost conditions over a given area and evaluate its impacts on the environment and society. In this study, a frost risk model for agricultural crops cultivated in a Mediterranean environment has been developed, based primarily on Earth Observation (EO) data from MODIS sensor and ancillary spatial and point data. The ability of the model to predict frost conditions has been validated for selected days on which frost conditions had been observed for a region in Northwestern Greece according to ground observations obtained by the Agricultural Insurance Organization (ELGA). An extensive evaluation of the frost risk model predictions has been performed herein to evaluate objectively its ability to predict the spatio-temporal distribution of frost risk in the studied region, including comparisons against physiographical factors of the study area. The topographical characteristics that were taken under consideration were latitude, altitude, slope steepness, topographic convergence and the extend of the areas influenced by water bodies (such as lake and sea) existing in the study area. Additional data were also used concerning land use data and vegetation classification (type and density). Our results showed that the model was able to produce reasonably the spatio-temporal distribution of the frost conditions in our study area, following largely explainable patterns in respect to the study site and local weather conditions characteristics. All in all, the methodology implemented herein proved capable in obtaining rapidly and cost-effectively cartography of the frost risk in a Mediterranean environment, making it potentially a very useful tool for agricultural management and planning. The model presented here has also a potential to enhance conventional field-based surveying for monitoring frost changes over long timescales. KEYWORDS: Earth Observation, MODIS, frost, risk assessment, Greece

  15. Stabilization of Leidenfrost vapour layer by textured superhydrophobic surfaces.

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    Vakarelski, Ivan U; Patankar, Neelesh A; Marston, Jeremy O; Chan, Derek Y C; Thoroddsen, Sigurdur T

    2012-09-13

    In 1756, Leidenfrost observed that water drops skittered on a sufficiently hot skillet, owing to levitation by an evaporative vapour film. Such films are stable only when the hot surface is above a critical temperature, and are a central phenomenon in boiling. In this so-called Leidenfrost regime, the low thermal conductivity of the vapour layer inhibits heat transfer between the hot surface and the liquid. When the temperature of the cooling surface drops below the critical temperature, the vapour film collapses and the system enters a nucleate-boiling regime, which can result in vapour explosions that are particularly detrimental in certain contexts, such as in nuclear power plants. The presence of these vapour films can also reduce liquid-solid drag. Here we show how vapour film collapse can be completely suppressed at textured superhydrophobic surfaces. At a smooth hydrophobic surface, the vapour film still collapses on cooling, albeit at a reduced critical temperature, and the system switches explosively to nucleate boiling. In contrast, at textured, superhydrophobic surfaces, the vapour layer gradually relaxes until the surface is completely cooled, without exhibiting a nucleate-boiling phase. This result demonstrates that topological texture on superhydrophobic materials is critical in stabilizing the vapour layer and thus in controlling--by heat transfer--the liquid-gas phase transition at hot surfaces. This concept can potentially be applied to control other phase transitions, such as ice or frost formation, and to the design of low-drag surfaces at which the vapour phase is stabilized in the grooves of textures without heating. PMID:22972299

  16. Frost Growth and Densification on a Flat Surface in Laminar Flow with Variable Humidity

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    Kandula, M.

    2012-01-01

    Experiments are performed concerning frost growth and densification in laminar flow over a flat surface under conditions of constant and variable humidity. The flat plate test specimen is made of aluminum-6031, and has dimensions of 0.3 mx0.3 mx6.35 mm. Results for the first variable humidity case are obtained for a plate temperature of 255.4 K, air velocity of 1.77 m/s, air temperature of 295.1 K, and a relative humidity continuously ranging from 81 to 54%. The second variable humidity test case corresponds to plate temperature of 255.4 K, air velocity of 2.44 m/s, air temperature of 291.8 K, and a relative humidity ranging from 66 to 59%. Results for the constant humidity case are obtained for a plate temperature of 263.7 K, air velocity of 1.7 m/s, air temperature of 295 K, and a relative humidity of 71.6 %. Comparisons of the data with the author's frost model extended to accommodate variable humidity suggest satisfactory agreement between the theory and the data for both constant and variable humidity.

  17. The "Mechanostat Theory" of Frost and the OPG/RANKL/RANK System.

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    Tyrovola, Joanna B; Odont, X X

    2015-12-01

    Frost's great interest to elucidate the principles of action underlying skeletal deformities, during, and after growth, urged him to undertake an extensive study of the mammalian skeleton. He suggested that survival of the skeleton (but also of other tissues, such as fibrous tissue, hyaline cartilage, fibrocartilage, cementum, or dentin) requires the functional coordination of modeling and remodeling. Modeling adapts bone to overloads, by enhancing additions of new bone and by changing bone architecture, and remodeling adapts bone to underloads by removing bone next to marrow and conserving normally used bone. There exists a mechanism that monitors bone metabolism (longitudinal growth, bone modeling, and remodeling activities) in relation to mechanical usage, the "mechanostat." Recent literature has presented new information regarding the physiological procedure of osteoclast and osteoblast activation. It has been understood that the OPG/RANKL/RANK proteinic system regulates bone metabolism by exerting biological effects on osteoblasts or osteoclasts. The same proteinic network, also regulates alveolar remodeling during tooth movement, as well as physiological root resorption and root resorption during orthodontic tooth movement. The aim of the present review is the presentation and evaluation of recent information in the field of osteoclast and osteoblast biology, as regards to the "mechanostat theory" of Frost. An attempt will be made to elucidate, whether recent data can support this remarkable theory and reveal the biological mechanisms behind it. PMID:26096594

  18. [Frost-resistance of subtropical evergreen woody plants: an evaluation based on plant functional traits].

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    Xu, Yi-Lu; Yang, Xiao-Dong; Xu, Yue; Xie, Yi-Ming; Wang, Liang-Yan; Yan, En-Rong

    2012-12-01

    Evaluating the frost-resistance of evergreen woody plants is of significance in guiding the species selection in forest management in subtropical region. In this paper, an investigation was made on the functional traits (including specific leaf area, stem wood density, leaf area, leaf dry matter content, leaf relative electrical conductance, and twig wood density) of 64 common evergreen broad-leaved and coniferous woody plant species in the Ningbo region of Zhejiang Province, East China, after a severe snowstorm in early 2008, aimed to select the evergreen woody plants with high ability of freeze-tolerance, and to establish a related evaluation system. By using a hierarchy analysis approach, the weight values of the functional traits of each species were determined, and an index system for evaluating the plants tolerance ability against freeze and mechanical damage was established. Based on this system, 23 evergreen plant species with high tolerance ability against freeze and mechanical damage, such as Cyclobalanopsis gilva, Cyclobalanopsis nubium, Neolitsea aurata, and Vacciniuim mandarinorum, were selected. In the meantime, on the basis of the ordering with each of the functional traits, the ordering of the tolerance ability of the 64 plant species against freeze and mechanical damage was made, and a list for the frost-resistance ability of the subtropical evergreen woody plant species in Ningbo region was constituted. PMID:23479868

  19. Functional Characterization of the Frost Gene in Drosophila melanogaster: Importance for Recovery from Chill Coma

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    Colinet, Herv; Fai Lee, Siu; Hoffmann, Ary

    2010-01-01

    Background Almost all animals, including insects, need to adapt to temperature fluctuations. The molecular basis of thermal adaptation is not well understood, although a number of candidate genes have been proposed. However, a functional link between candidate genes and thermal tolerance has rarely been established. The gene Frost (Fst) was first discovered when Drosophila flies were exposed to cold stress, but the biological function(s) of Fst has so far not been characterized. Because Fst is up-regulated after a cold stress, we tested whether it was essential for chill-coma recovery. Methodology/Principal Findings A marked increase in Fst expression was detected (by RT-PCR) during recovery from cold stress, peaking at 42-fold after 2 h. The GAL4/UAS system was used to knock down expression of Fst and recovery ability was assessed in transgenic adults following 12 h of chill coma at 0C. The ability to recover from cold stress (short-, medium- and long-term) was significantly altered in the transgenic adults that had Fst silenced. These findings show that Fst plays an essential role in the recovery from chill coma in both males and females. Conclusions/Significance The Frost gene is essential for cold tolerance in Drosophila melanogaster and may play an important role in thermal adaptation. PMID:20532197

  20. Combined effects of copper, desiccation, and frost on the viability of earthworm cocoons

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    Holmstrup, M.; Petersen, B.F. |; Larsen, M.M.

    1998-01-01

    The effects of heavy metal pollution on earthworms have been extensively studied, but no studies have examined how earthworms react if they are simultaneously exposed to metal pollution and climatic stress. This question has been addressed in a laboratory study where cocoons of Aporrectodea caliginosa and Dendrobaena octaedra were initially exposed to copper in aqueous solutions of copper chloride and thereafter exposed to realistic degrees of either desiccation or frost. Earthworm embryos absorbed copper in amounts comparable to concentrations found in various tissues of earthworms from metal-polluted soils. Desiccation and copper exposure in combination had synergistic effects on survival rates for both species. For example, at full saturation, the NOEC (the highest tested concentration with no statistically significant effect) for copper of A. caliginosa was 12 mg/L, whereas at 97% relative humidity it was only 6 mg/L. Frost and copper exposure in combination also showed synergistic effects in some experiments. No cocoons of A. caliginosa exposed to 20 mg copper/L were viable after exposure to {minus}3 C but at 0 C viability was as high as 95%. The same tendency was seen in D. octaedra but not as clearly as in A/. caliginosa. A change of the environmental conditions (moisture, temperature) to increasing severity caused a shift in the statistically derived NOEC toward lower critical values of copper. The involvement of combination effects in ecotoxicological tests could therefore improve risk assessment of soil-polluting compounds.

  1. Facile fabrication of biomimetic superhydrophobic surface with anti-frosting on stainless steel substrate

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    Liu, Yan; Bai, Yuan; Jin, Jingfu; Tian, Limei; Han, Zhiwu; Ren, Luquan

    2015-11-01

    Inspired by typical plant surfaces with super-hydrophobic character such as lotus leaves and rose petals, a superhydrophobic surface was achieved successfully by a chemical immersion process. Here, 304 SS (stainless steel) was used as substrates and a micro-nano hierarchical structure was obtained by chemical etching with a mixed solution containing ferric chloride. The results showed that the water contact angle (WAC) decreased obviously due to surface morphology changing after chemical etching process. However, we obtained a superhydrophobic surface with a WAC of 158.3 ± 2.8° after modification by DTS (CH3(CH2)11Si(OCH3)3). Furthermore, the superhydrophobic surface showed an excellent anti-frosting character compared to pure staining steel. The surface morphology, chemical composition and wettability are characterized by means of SEM, XPS and water contact angle measurements. This method could provide a facile, low-cost and stable route to fabricate a large-area superhydrophobic surface with anti-frosting for application in various environments including in humid condition.

  2. Correlation formulas for the frost thickness and heat transfer coefficient on a cylinder in humid air cross flow

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    Sengupta, S.; Sherif, S.A.; Wong, K.V.

    1995-12-31

    This paper reports on results of an experimental investigation where the emphasis was placed on obtaining empirical correlations for the frost thickness-time history and the heat transfer coefficient-time history for a cylinder in humid air cross flow. The facility employed for the investigation consisted of a low velocity wind tunnel comprised of a rectangular test section, a transition section and a honeycomb placed at the tunnel entrance. An external refrigerator was used to cool an antifreeze solution having a mixture of 90% methanol and 10% ethylene glycol. Measured parameters included, among other things, the heat transfer coefficient as well as the frost thickness.

  3. Robert Frost's Chicken Feathers and Other Lectures from the 1968 Augustana College NDEA English Institute. Augustana College Press Monograph Series No. 1.

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    Huseboe, Arthur R., Ed.

    The four lectures in this publication were composed with the common concern for making the study of high school English more effective and more delightful. Papers are (1) "Robert Frost's Chicken Feathers" by C. W. Geyer (discusses the influence of oral folklore and humor on Frost's poetry); (2) "Nature in Literature" by Gerhard T. Alexis; (3)

  4. Copy number and haplotype variation at the VRN-A1 and central FR-A2 loci are associated with frost tolerance in hexaploid wheat

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    Frost tolerance is a key trait to ensure winter wheat survival. Natural variation for this trait is mainly associated with allelic differences at the VERNALIZATION 1 (VRN1) and FROST RESISTANCE 2 (FR2) loci. VRN1 regulates the transition between vegetative and reproductive stages and FR2, a locus in...

  5. Nitrogen split dose fertilization, plant age and frost effects on phytochemical content and sensory properties of curly kale (Brassica oleracea L. var. sabellica).

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    Groenbaek, Marie; Jensen, Sidsel; Neugart, Susanne; Schreiner, Monika; Kidmose, Ulla; Kristensen, Hanne L

    2016-04-15

    We investigated how concentrations of sensory relevant compounds: glucosinolates (GLSs), flavonoid glycosides, hydroxycinnamic acid derivatives and sugars in kale responded to split dose and reduced nitrogen (N) fertilization, plant age and controlled frost exposure. In addition, frost effects on sensory properties combined with N supply were assessed. Seventeen week old kale plants showed decreased aliphatic GLSs at split dose N fertilization; whereas reduced N increased aliphatic and total GLSs. Ontogenetic effects were demonstrated for all compounds: sugars, aliphatic and total GLSs increased throughout plant development, whereas kaempferol and total flavonoid glycosides showed higher concentrations in 13 week old plants. Controlled frost exposure altered sugar composition slightly, but not GLSs or flavonoid glycosides. Reduced N supply resulted in less bitterness, astringency and pungent aroma, whereas frost exposure mainly influenced aroma and texture. N treatment explained most of the sensory variation. Producers should not rely on frost only to obtain altered sensory properties. PMID:26616985

  6. Enceladus' CO2 Frost comes from Near-Surface Gas Pockets

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    Matson, Dennis L.; Johnson, Torrence; Castillo-Rogez, Julie; Davies, Ashley; Lunine, Jonathan; Radebaugh, Jani

    CO2 frost has been detected on the surface of Enceladus [1]. It was noted by Brown et al. [1] that the frost deposits are not likely permanent and that an active replenishment processes for the gas might be necessary. We suggest that the CO2 that forms the frost originates in shallow gas pockets below the surface. These pockets are a consequence of the ocean water circulation hypothesis [2]. They differ from the plume chambers [3] and are a previously unrecognized structure in the near-surface ice. Enceladus oceanic circulation is driven by gas bubbles that make seawater buoyant and bring up water, chemicals, and heat from the depths of a warm ocean [2]. The ocean water ascends through the icy crust and, near the surface, it spreads out laterally beneath a relatively thin ice cap, following the pattern of the thermal anomalies identified in Cassini data [4,5]. Topographic recesses on the bottom of the ice cap act as pockets that collect gas. As the ocean water flows horizontally, the gas bubbles in it continue to rise vertically. Rising bubbles reach the pockets and, over time, pop and release gas. The gas pockets can be ruptured by the regular tidally-controlled fissuring of ice in the South Polar Region (Hurford et al. [6]), forming rifts. If a rift reaches a gas pocket, CO2 gas may escape to the surface. The tortuosity and other properties along the escape route will determine if the gas vents as a seep or a jet. If enough gas is vented to form a cloud, some of the gas will freeze on the surface. This work was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract to NASA. 2006. [2] Matson D. L. et al., Icarus 221, 53-62, 2012. (also see Matson et al. LPS 44 Abstract 1371, 2013). [3] Schmidt J. et al., Nature 451, 685-688, 2008. [4] Spencer J. R. et al., Science 311, 1401-1405, 2006. [5] Howett C. et al., JGR 116, E03003, 2011. [6] Hurford T. A. et al., Nature 447, 292-294, 2007.

  7. Dimensionality and Typology of Perfectionism: The Use of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale with Chinese Gifted Students in Hong Kong

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    Chan, David W.

    2009-01-01

    This study investigated the dimensionality and typology of perfectionism based on the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale with a sample of 380 Chinese gifted students in Hong Kong. Confirmatory factor analyses supported a five-dimensional model that includes constructs of personal standards, parental expectations, parental criticism,

  8. Psychometric Properties of the Frost Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale with Australian Adolescent Girls: Clarification of Multidimensionality and Perfectionist Typology

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    Hawkins, Colleen C.; Watt, Helen M. G.; Sinclair, Kenneth E.

    2006-01-01

    The psychometric properties of the Frost, Marten, Lahart, and Rosenblate Multidimensional Perfectionism Scale (1990) are investigated to determine its usefulness as a measurement of perfectionism with Australian secondary school girls and to find empirical support for the existence of both healthy and unhealthy types of perfectionist students.

  9. Investigations Concerning Cavitation and Frost Fatigue in Clonal 84K Poplar Using High-Resolution Cavitron Measurements1[OPEN

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    Feng, Feng; Ding, Fei; Tyree, Melvin T.

    2015-01-01

    Both drought and freezing-thawing of stems induce a loss of hydraulic conductivity (percentage loss of conductivity [PLC]) in woody plants. Drought-induced PLC is often accompanied by physical damage to pit membranes, causing a shift in vulnerability curves (cavitation fatigue). Hence, if cavitated stems are flushed to remove embolisms, the next vulnerability curve is different (shifted to lower tensions). The 84K poplar (Populus alba × Populus glandulosa) clone has small vessels that should be immune from frost-induced PLC, but results demonstrated that freezing-thawing in combination with tension synergistically increased PLC. Frost fatigue has already been defined, which is similar to cavitation fatigue but induced by freezing. Frost fatigue caused a transition from a single to a dual Weibull curve, but drought-fatigued stems had single Weibull curves shifted to lower tensions. Studying the combined impact of tension plus freezing on fatigue provided evidence that the mechanism of frost fatigue may be the extra water tension induced by freezing or thawing while spinning stems in a centrifuge rather than direct ice damage. A hypothesis is advanced that tension is enhanced as ice crystals grow or melt during the freeze or thaw event, respectively, causing a nearly identical fatigue event to that induced by drought. PMID:25786827

  10. Investigations concerning cavitation and frost fatigue in clonal 84K poplar using high-resolution cavitron measurements.

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    Feng, Feng; Ding, Fei; Tyree, Melvin T

    2015-05-01

    Both drought and freezing-thawing of stems induce a loss of hydraulic conductivity (percentage loss of conductivity [PLC]) in woody plants. Drought-induced PLC is often accompanied by physical damage to pit membranes, causing a shift in vulnerability curves (cavitation fatigue). Hence, if cavitated stems are flushed to remove embolisms, the next vulnerability curve is different (shifted to lower tensions). The 84K poplar (Populus alba Populus glandulosa) clone has small vessels that should be immune from frost-induced PLC, but results demonstrated that freezing-thawing in combination with tension synergistically increased PLC. Frost fatigue has already been defined, which is similar to cavitation fatigue but induced by freezing. Frost fatigue caused a transition from a single to a dual Weibull curve, but drought-fatigued stems had single Weibull curves shifted to lower tensions. Studying the combined impact of tension plus freezing on fatigue provided evidence that the mechanism of frost fatigue may be the extra water tension induced by freezing or thawing while spinning stems in a centrifuge rather than direct ice damage. A hypothesis is advanced that tension is enhanced as ice crystals grow or melt during the freeze or thaw event, respectively, causing a nearly identical fatigue event to that induced by drought. PMID:25786827

  11. Patterns of late spring frost leaf damage and recovery in a European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) stand in south-eastern Germany based on repeated digital photographs

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    Menzel, Annette; Helm, Raimund; Zang, Christian

    2015-04-01

    The seasonality of woody plants in cold and temperate climates is adapted to the annual course of temperature and photoperiod in order to maximise the length of the active growing season and, at the same time, avoid damages by frost events, especially by late spring frosts. Winter chilling, spring warming and finally photoperiod trigger the timely bud burst of European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) which as a climax species is quite sensitive to winter frost and also as seedling to late spring frosts. However, due to relatively late and less varying dates of leaf unfolding, damages by late spring frosts should not occur each year. In case of a total loss due to a late frost event, F. sylvatica trees produce a new set of leaves which guarantees survival, but diminishes carbon reserves. With a phenological camera we observed the phenological course of such an extreme event in the Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald in May 2011: Spring leaf unfolding, an almost complete loss of fresh green leaves after the frost event in the night 3rd to 4th May, a subsequent leafless period followed by re-sprouting. We modeled this special leaf development from day 80 to 210, observed as green% from the repeated digital camera pictures, using the Bayesian multiple change point approach recently introduced by Henneken et al. (2013). The results for more than 30 trees predominantly suggested a model with five change points: firstly, start of the season, abrupt ending before the frost event, the loss by the frost event and after a longer period of recovery the second leaf unfolding (St. John's sprout) ending in full leaf maturity. Analyzing the results of these models the following questions were answered (1) how long is the period of recovery till the second green-up? (2) does the temporal course of the second leafing differ from the first one? (3) what are the individual factors influencing damage and recovery? (4) are individuals with early or late bud burst more prone to damage? The five change points of the model almost perfectly matched the expected break points: i) start of the first greening between DOY (day of the year) 108 to 119 (mean 113), ii) end of greening and iii) visible frost damage after the frost on the night of May 3rd/4th (DOY 123/124), iv) re-sprouting 19 to 38 days after the frost, and v) full maturity around DOY 178 (166 to 184) when all beech crowns had fully recovered. Since frost damage was nearly 100%, individual susceptibility did not depend on the timing of first spring leaf unfolding. However, we could identify significant patterns in fitness linked to an earlier start of leaf unfolding.

  12. Surface temperatures and retention of H2O frost on Ganymede and Callisto

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    Squyres, S. W.

    1980-01-01

    Surface temperatures and ice evaporation rates are calculated for Ganymede and Callisto as functions of latitude, time of day, and albedo, according to a model that uses surface thermal properties determined by eclipse radiometry and albedos determined from photometrically decalibrated Voyager images. The difference in temperature between Ganymede and Callisto is not great enough to account for the lack of bright polar caps on Callisto, which seems instead to reflect a real deficiency in the amount of available water frost relative to Ganymede. The temperature difference between Ganymede's grooved and cratered terrains also cannot account for the high concentration of bright ray craters in the former, suggesting that an internal geologic process has enriched the grooved terrain in ice content relative to the cratered terrain.

  13. Mars south polar spring and summer temperatures - A residual CO2 frost

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    Kieffer, H. H.

    1979-01-01

    Viking infrared thermal mapper (IRTM) energy measurements over the Mars south polar cap throughout the Martian spring and summer revealed complex spatial, spectral, and temporal variations. High albedos did not directly correspond with low temperatures, and as the cap shrank to its residual position, it maintained large differences in brightness temperature between the four IRTM surface-sensing bands at 7, 9, 11, and 20 microns. The late summer infrared spectral pattern can be matched by a surface consisting of CO2 frost with 20 micron emissivity of 0.8 and about 6% dark, warm soil under a dusty atmosphere of moderate infrared opacity and spectral properties similar to those measured for the Martian global dust storms. Low temperature, the absence of appreciable water vapor in the south polar atmosphere, and the absence of surface warming expected if H2O were to become exposed, all imply that the residual south polar cap was covered by solid CO2.

  14. Climatic significance of the bristlecone pine latewood frost-ring record at Almagre Mountain, Colorado, U.S.A.

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    Craig, Brunstein F.

    1996-01-01

    From 1900 to 1993, latewood frost rings occurred in 1903, 1912, 1941, 1961, and 1965 in 10 to 21% of the sampled bristlecone pines at Almagre Mountain, Colorado. In early to mid September in each of those years, a severe outbreak of unseasonably cold air from higher latitudes produced a memorable or historic late-summer snowstorm in the western United States. Record subfreezing temperatures during these snowstorms probably caused the latewood frost rings, shortened (by about 1 mo in 1912) already colder than normal growing seasons, and caused crop damage in parts of the Western United States. Latewood frost rings recorded in relatively high percentages of the sampled trees (such as the 1805 event in 61% of sampled trees) were probably caused by multiple severe outbreaks of unseasonably cold air from higher latitudes that occurred from early September (possibly as early as mid- or late August) to mid-September. Analyses of 1900-1992 temperature data for two widely separated Colorado stations, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, show that average summer (June-September) temperatures during latewood frost-ring years in this century were 1.5 and 2.0??C cooler than normal, respectively. Mountain snowpack probably persisted through these cool summers and was subsequently buried by the earlier than normal snowfall in September. Latewood frost-ring, ring-width, historical, and other data suggest that severe to cataclysmic volcanic eruptions from 1812 to 1835 triggered (1) an extended period of climatic cooling from as early as 1816 or 1817 through the early 1850s in the Southern Rocky Mountains, (2) catastrophic winters in Colorado and Wyoming in 1842-43 and 1844-45, and in the Great Salt Lake Basin in 1836-37, that caused large-scale destruction of bison and other large plains animals, and (3) Little Ice Age alpine glacial advances in about 1850-60 in the western United States.

  15. Climatic significance of the bristlecone pine latewood frost-ring record at Almagre Mountain, Colorado, U.S.A.

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    Brunstein, F.C.

    1996-02-01

    From 1900 to 1993, latewood frost rings occurred in 1903, 1912, 1941, 1961, and 1965 in 10 to 21% of the sampled bristlecone pines at Almagre Mountain, Colorado. In early to mid September in each of those years, a severe outbreak of unseasonably cold air from higher latitudes produced a memorable or historic late-summer snowstorm in the western United States. Record subfreezing temperatures during these snowstorms probably caused the latewood frost rings, shortened (by about 1 mo in 1912) already colder than normal growing seasons, and caused crop damage in parts of the Western United States. Latewood frost rings recorded in relatively high percentages of the sampled trees were probably caused by multiple severe outbreaks of unseasonably cold air from higher latitudes that occurred from early September to mid-September. Analyses of 1900-1992 temperature data for two widely separated Colorado stations, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs, show that average summer (June-September) temperatures during latewood frost-ring years in this century were 1.5 and 2.0{degrees}C cooler than normal, respectively. Mountain snowpack probably persisted through these cool summers and was subsequently buried by the earlier than normal snowfall in September. Latewood frost-ring, ring-width, historical, and other data suggest that severe to cataclysmic volcanic eruptions from 1812 to 1835 triggered (1) an extended period of climatic cooling from as early as 1816 or 1817 through the early 1850s in the Southern Rocky Mountains, (2) catastrophic winters in Colorado and Wyoming in 1842-43 and 1844 45, and in the Great Salt Lake Basin in 1836-37, that caused large-scale destruction of bison and other large plains animals, and (3) Little Ice Age alpine glacial advances in about 1850-60 in the western United States.

  16. Physical Properties of CO2 Frost Formed by Radiative Cooling in a Mars Simulation Chamber

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    Wood, Stephen; Bruckner, A.; Hansen, G.; Cornwall, C.; Kimber, N.; Alvarez, F.

    2013-10-01

    We have performed realistic laboratory simulations of the thermal and radiative environment at the surface of Mars to produce the first samples of carbon dioxide ice formed as it does on Mars, by radiative cooling from a near-pure CO2 gas. It is important to determine the physical characteristics of Mars' seasonal CO2 polar ice caps because these determine their radiative properties which, in turn, control the polar energy balance and the seasonal variation in global surface pressure. It is not known whether they form as fluffy fine-grained deposits, dense solid ice, or something in between. Previous simulations have used conductive cooling, condensing CO2 onto a substrate cooled by liquid nitrogen (Kieffer 1968, Ditteon and Kieffer 1979). This technique favors the growth of grains having the best thermal contact with the surface, resulting in large grain sizes and a coarse texture. On Mars, however, the latent heat released by condensation must be lost radiatively to space. For this experiment, we have constructed a Mars simulation chamber containing low thermal conductivity analog regolith and low pressure CO2 gas. To grow radiation frost in the laboratory requires simultaneous containment of the atmosphere/vapor while allowing infrared radiation to escape (to balance the latent heat of condensation). Planets accomplish this using gravity to hold down the atmosphere. The key to our simulation is the use of a thin polypropylene film that is largely transparent in the thermal infrared yet strong enough to maintain the required pressure differential between our Mars-like "atmosphere" and the vacuum-enclosed space simulator (a liquid-nitrogen cooled plate). We use internal and external light sources to briefly illuminate the frost and obtain high resolution images of its physical morphology and texture using an in situ fiberscope with an articulated tip. Initial results will be presented.

  17. Chilling and frost tolerance in Miscanthus and Saccharum genotypes bred for cool temperate climates.

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    Friesen, Patrick C; Peixoto, Murilo M; Busch, Florian A; Johnson, Daniel C; Sage, Rowan F

    2014-07-01

    Miscanthus hybrids are leading candidates for bioenergy feedstocks in mid to high latitudes of North America and Eurasia, due to high productivity associated with the C4 photosynthetic pathway and their tolerance of cooler conditions. However, as C4 plants, they may lack tolerance of chilling conditions (0-10 C) and frost, particularly when compared with candidate C3 crops at high latitudes. In higher latitudes, cold tolerance is particularly important if the feedstock is to utilize fully the long, early-season days of May and June. Here, leaf gas exchange and fluorescence are used to assess chilling tolerance of photosynthesis in five Miscanthus hybrids bred for cold tolerance, a complex Saccharum hybrid (energycane), and an upland sugarcane variety with some chilling tolerance. The chilling treatment consisted of transferring warm-grown plants (25/20 C day/night growth temperatures) to chilling (12/5 C) conditions for 1 week, followed by assessing recovery after return to warm temperatures. Chilling tolerance was also evaluated in outdoor, spring-grown Miscanthus genotypes before and after a cold front that was punctuated by a frost event. Miscanthusgiganteus was found to be the most chilling-tolerant genotype based on its ability to maintain a high net CO2 assimilation rate (A) during chilling, and recover A to a greater degree following a return to warm conditions. This was associated with increasing its capacity for short-term dark-reversible photoprotective processes (?REG) and the proportion of open photosystem II reaction centres (qL) while minimizing photoinactivation (?NF). Similarly, in the field, M.giganteus exhibited a significantly greater A and pre-dawn F v/F m after the cold front compared with the other chilling-sensitive Miscanthus hybrids. PMID:24642848

  18. Chilling and frost tolerance in Miscanthus and Saccharum genotypes bred for cool temperate climates

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    Friesen, Patrick C.; Peixoto, Murilo M.; Busch, Florian A.; Johnson, Daniel C.; Sage, Rowan F.

    2014-01-01

    Miscanthus hybrids are leading candidates for bioenergy feedstocks in mid to high latitudes of North America and Eurasia, due to high productivity associated with the C4 photosynthetic pathway and their tolerance of cooler conditions. However, as C4 plants, they may lack tolerance of chilling conditions (010 C) and frost, particularly when compared with candidate C3 crops at high latitudes. In higher latitudes, cold tolerance is particularly important if the feedstock is to utilize fully the long, early-season days of May and June. Here, leaf gas exchange and fluorescence are used to assess chilling tolerance of photosynthesis in five Miscanthus hybrids bred for cold tolerance, a complex Saccharum hybrid (energycane), and an upland sugarcane variety with some chilling tolerance. The chilling treatment consisted of transferring warm-grown plants (25/20 C day/night growth temperatures) to chilling (12/5 C) conditions for 1 week, followed by assessing recovery after return to warm temperatures. Chilling tolerance was also evaluated in outdoor, spring-grown Miscanthus genotypes before and after a cold front that was punctuated by a frost event. Miscanthusgiganteus was found to be the most chilling-tolerant genotype based on its ability to maintain a high net CO2 assimilation rate (A) during chilling, and recover A to a greater degree following a return to warm conditions. This was associated with increasing its capacity for short-term dark-reversible photoprotective processes (?REG) and the proportion of open photosystem II reaction centres (qL) while minimizing photoinactivation (?NF). Similarly, in the field, M.giganteus exhibited a significantly greater A and pre-dawn F v/F m after the cold front compared with the other chilling-sensitive Miscanthus hybrids. PMID:24642848

  19. Is Shade Beneficial for Mediterranean Shrubs Experiencing Periods of Extreme Drought and Late-winter Frosts?

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    Valladares, Fernando; Zaragoza-Castells, Joana; Sánchez-Gómez, David; Matesanz, Silvia; Alonso, Beatriz; Portsmuth, Angelika; Delgado, Antonio; Atkin, Owen K.

    2008-01-01

    Background and Aims Plants are naturally exposed to multiple, frequently interactive stress factors, most of which are becoming more severe due to global change. Established plants have been reported to facilitate the establishment of juvenile plants, but net effects of plant–plant interactions are difficult to assess due to complex interactions among environmental factors. An investigation was carried out in order to determine how two dominant evergreen shrubs (Quercus ilex and Arctostaphylos uva-ursi) co-occurring in continental, Mediterranean habitats respond to multiple abiotic stresses and whether the shaded understorey conditions ameliorate the negative effects of drought and winter frosts on the physiology of leaves. Methods Microclimate and ecophysiology of sun and shade plants were studied at a continental plateau in central Spain during 2004–2005, with 2005 being one of the driest and hottest years on record; several late-winter frosts also occurred in 2005. Key Results Daytime air temperature and vapour pressure deficit were lower in the shade than in the sun, but soil moisture was also lower in the shade during the spring and summer of 2005, and night-time temperatures were higher in the shade. Water potential, photochemical efficiency, light-saturated photosynthesis, stomatal conductance and leaf 13C composition differed between sun and shade individuals throughout the seasons, but differences were species specific. Shade was beneficial for leaf-level physiology in Q. ilex during winter, detrimental during spring for both species, and of little consequence in summer. Conclusions The results suggest that beneficial effects of shade can be eclipsed by reduced soil moisture during dry years, which are expected to be more frequent in the most likely climate change scenarios for the Mediterranean region. PMID:18819947

  20. Polarimetric scattering from layered media with multiple species of scatterers

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    Nghiem, S. V.; Kwok, R.; Yueh, S. H.; Kong, J. A.; Hsu, C. C.; Tassoudji, M. A.; Shin, R. T.

    1995-01-01

    Geophysical media are usually heterogeneous and contain multiple species of scatterers. In this paper a model is presented to calculate effective permittivities and polarimetric backscattering coefficients of multispecies-layered media. The same physical description is consistently used in the derivation of both permittivities and scattering coefficients. The strong permittivity fluctuation theory is extended to account for the multiple species of scatterers with a general ellipsoidal shape whose orientations are randomly distributed. Under the distorted Born approximation, polarimetric scattering coefficients are obtained. These calculations are applicable to the special cases of spheroidal and spherical scatterers. The model is used to study effects of scatterer shapes and multispecies mixtures on polarimetric signatures of heterogeneous media. The multispecies model accounts for moisture content in scattering media such as snowpack in an ice sheet. The results indicate a high sensitivity of backscatter to moisture with a stronger dependence for drier snow and ice grain size is important to the backscatter. For frost-covered saline ice, model results for bare ice are compared with measured data at C band and then the frost flower formation is simulated with a layer of fanlike ice crystals including brine infiltration over a rough interface. The results with the frost cover suggest a significant increase in scattering coefficients and a polarimetric signature closer to isotropic characteristics compared to the thin saline ice case.

  1. EVIDENCE FOR FRESH FROST LAYER ON THE BARE NUCLEUS OF COMET HALE-BOPP AT 32 AU DISTANCE

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    Szabo, Gyula M.; Kiss, Laszlo L.; Pal, Andras; Kiss, Csaba; Sarneczky, Krisztian; Juhasz, Attila; Hogerheijde, Michiel R.

    2012-12-10

    Here, we report that the activity of comet Hale-Bopp ceased between late 2007 and 2009 March, at about 28 AU distance from the Sun. At that time, the comet resided at a distance from the Sun that exceeded the freeze-out distance of regular comets by an order of magnitude. A Herschel Space Observatory PACS scan was taken in mid-2010, in the already inactive state of the nucleus. The albedo has been found to be surprisingly large (8.1% {+-} 0.9%), which exceeds the value known for any other comets. With re-reduction of archive Hubble Space Telescope images from 1995 and 1996, we confirm that the pre-perihelion albedo resembled that of an ordinary comet and was smaller by a factor of two than the post-activity albedo. Our further observations with the Very Large Telescope also confirmed that the albedo increased significantly by the end of the activity. We explain these observations by proposing gravitational redeposition of icy grains toward the end of the activity. This is plausible for such a massive body in a cold environment, where gas velocity is lowered to the range of the escape velocity. These observations also show that giant comets are not just the upscaled versions of the comets we know but can be affected by processes that are yet to be fully identified.

  2. Effects of emissions from copper-nickel smelters on the frost hardiness of Finns sylvestris needles in the subarctic region.

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    Sutinen, M L; Raitio, H; Nivala, V; Ollikainen, R; Ritari, A

    1996-03-01

    It has been proposed that freezing injuries play an important role in the forest decline phenomenon. In this study, the effect of emissions from the copper-nickel smelters in Monchegorsk and Nikel-Zapolyarnyi in the Kola Peninsula, south-west Russia, on seasonal changes in the frost hardiness of Pinus sylvestris L. needles were studied. The frost hardiness of current-year needles during autumn, winter, spring and early summer in 1991-1993 was estimated by the electrolyte leakage method and by visual estimation of the proportion of damaged needles at nine sites in Finnish Lapland, at five sites in the vicinity of Monchegorsk and at two sites in Norway, in the vicinity of Nikel. The foliar S, Cu, and Ni concentrations also analysed. There were no significant differences at any time of the year between the frost hardiness of pine needles at the sites in Norway and Finnish Lapland. However, in the winter, the degree of visual damage at -45 C, the temperature close to the lowest recorded temperature in this area, was slightly higher at the sites near to Nikel than at the sites in Finnish Lapland. In the Kola Peninsula the frost hardiness was consistently lower at the sites located 10 km to the south and 36 km to the south-west of Monchegorsk than at the other sites (48-110 km to the south-west). The differences were greatest in early June, 1991, when frost hardiness was -2 C and -8C at the sites closest to Monchegorsk. At the same time, the frost hardiness at the other sites was e.-20 C. There were slight differences between years, but the trends were the same. A clearly increasing gradient in the S, Cu and Ni concentrations was observed on moving towards the emission point source at Monchegorsk. Highly elevated concentrations were found within 40 km of the smelter. The results suggest that air pollutants from the copper-nickel smelter have predisposed the pines to freezing injuries, rhus contributing to forest decline in the Kola Peninsula. PMID:26763646

  3. The cold regulated transcriptional activator Cbf3 is linked to the frost-tolerance gene Fr-A2 on wheat chromosome 5A

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    Vgjfalvi, A.; Galiba, G.; Cattivelli, L.; Dubcovsky, J.

    2016-01-01

    Wheat chromosome 5A plays a key role in cold acclimation and frost tolerance. The major frost tolerance gene Fr-A1 (formerly Fr1) and two loci that regulate the transcription of cold-regulated genes (Cor) have been mapped before on the long arm of this chromosome. In this study we report the existence of a new locus for frost tolerance designated Fr-A2. This new locus was mapped on the long arm of T. monococcum chromosome 5A, 40 cM from the centromere and 30 cM proximal to the major frost tolerance locus Fr-A1. We found also, that frost tolerant and frost susceptible T. monococcum parental lines differed in the transcription level of the cold induced gene Cor14b when plants were grown at 15C. Transcription levels of this gene were measured in each of the recombinant inbreed lines and mapped as a QTL that perfectly overlapped the QTL for frost survival at the Fr-A2 locus. This result suggested that frost tolerance in this cross was mediated by a differential regulation of the expression of the Cor genes. In our previous study in hexaploid wheat we showed that Cor14b was regulated by two loci located on chromosome 5A, one in the same chromosome region as the T. monococcum Fr-A2 locus and the other one closely linked to Fr-A1. Since Cbf transcriptional activators in Arabidopsis regulate Cor genes and are involved in frost tolerance, we decided to map the cold regulated Cbf-like barley gene Cbf3 in the T. monococcum map. This gene was mapped on the peak of the Fr-A2 QTL for frost tolerance. This result suggest that the observed differential regulation of Cor14b at the Fr-A2 locus was originated by allelic variation at the XCbf3 locus, and that this transcriptional activator might be a candidate gene for the Fr-A2 frost tolerance locus on wheat chromosome 5A. PMID:12715154

  4. Laboratory studies of charged particle erosion of SO2 ice and applications to the frosts of Io

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    Lanzerotti, L. J.; Brown, W. L.; Augustyniak, W. M.; Johnson, R. E.; Armstrong, T. P.

    1982-01-01

    The removal and/or redistribution of SO2 frosts on the surface of the first Galilean satellite, Io, can occur through the erosion of these frosts by the magnetosphere particle environment of the satellite. The energy, species, and temperature dependence of the erosion rates of SO2 ice films by charged particles have been studied in laboratory experiments. Rutherford backscattering and thin film techniques are used in the experiments. The ice temperature is varied between about 10 K and the sublimation temperature. The erosion rates are found to have a temperature-independent and a temperature-dependent regime and to be much greater, for 10-2000 keV ions, than those predicted by the usual sputtering process. The laboratory results are used together with measured magnetosphere particle fluxes in the vicinity of Io to estimate the erosion rates of SO2 ice films from the satellite and implications therefrom on an SO2 atmosphere on Io.

  5. Atlas of reflectance spectra of terrestrial, lunar, and meteoritic powders and frosts from 92 to 1800 NM

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    Wagner, J. K.; Hapke, B. W.; Wells, E. N.

    1987-01-01

    The spectra of samples of several powder and frost materials are presented to serve in a reference database for future far-UV scans of solar system bodies. The spectra cover in the 92-1800 nm wavelengths, i.e., wavenumbers 110,000-5600/cm and photon energies from 13.5-1.5 eV. Preparation procedures for the particulates are delineated. The survey includes feldspars, orthopyroxenes, clinopyroxenes, olivines, assorted minerals, achondrites, carbonaceous chondrites and ordinary chondrites, lunar soils and rocks. Frosts of H2O, CO2, NH3 and SO2 gases were also examined. The data are expected to aid in obtaining spectral matches for asteroids and meteoroids when far-UV telescopy of solar system bodies is performed.

  6. Atlas of reflectance spectra of terrestrial, lunar, and meteoritic powders and frosts from 92 to 1800 nm

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    Wagner, Jeffrey K.; Hapke, Bruce W.; Wells, Eddie N.

    1987-01-01

    The spectra of samples of several powder and frost materials are presented to serve in a reference database for future far-UV scans of solar system bodies. The spectra cover in the 92-1800 nm wavelengths, i.e., wavenumbers 110,000-5600/cm and photon energies from 13.5-1.5 eV. Preparation procedures for the particulates are delineated. The survey includes feldspars, orthopyroxenes, clinopyroxenes, olivines, assorted minerals, achondrites, carbonaceous chondrites and ordinary chondrites, lunar soils and rocks. Frosts of H2O, CO2, NH3 and SO2 gases were also examined. The data are expected to aid in obtaining spectral matches for asteroids and meteoroids when far-UV telescopy of solar system bodies is performed.

  7. Local adaptations to frost in marginal and central populations of the dominant forest tree Fagus sylvatica L. as affected by temperature and extreme drought in common garden experiments

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    Kreyling, Juergen; Buhk, Constanze; Backhaus, Sabrina; Hallinger, Martin; Huber, Gerhard; Huber, Lukas; Jentsch, Anke; Konnert, Monika; Thiel, Daniel; Wilmking, Martin; Beierkuhnlein, Carl

    2014-01-01

    Local adaptations to environmental conditions are of high ecological importance as they determine distribution ranges and likely affect species responses to climate change. Increased environmental stress (warming, extreme drought) due to climate change in combination with decreased genetic mixing due to isolation may lead to stronger local adaptations of geographically marginal than central populations. We experimentally observed local adaptations of three marginal and four central populations of Fagus sylvaticaL., the dominant native forest tree, to frost over winter and in spring (late frost). We determined frost hardiness of buds and roots by the relative electrolyte leakage in two common garden experiments. The experiment at the cold site included a continuous warming treatment; the experiment at the warm site included a preceding summer drought manipulation. In both experiments, we found evidence for local adaptation to frost, with stronger signs of local adaptation in marginal populations. Winter frost killed many of the potted individuals at the cold site, with higher survival in the warming treatment and in those populations originating from colder environments. However, we found no difference in winter frost tolerance of buds among populations, implying that bud survival was not the main cue for mortality. Bud late frost tolerance in April differed between populations at the warm site, mainly because of phenological differences in bud break. Increased spring frost tolerance of plants which had experienced drought stress in the preceding summer could also be explained by shifts in phenology. Stronger local adaptations to climate in geographically marginal than central populations imply the potential for adaptation to climate at range edges. In times of climate change, however, it needs to be tested whether locally adapted populations at range margins can successfully adapt further to changing conditions. PMID:25035801

  8. Autumn frost hardiness in Norway spruce plus tree progeny and trees of the local and transferred provenances in central Sweden.

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    Hannerz, Mats; Westin, Johan

    2005-09-01

    Reforestation with provenances from locations remote from the planting site (transferred provenances) or the progeny of trees of local provenances selected for superior form and vigor (plus trees) offer alternative means to increase yield over that obtained by the use of seed from unselected trees of the local provenance. Under Swedish conditions, Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) of certain transferred provenances generally has an advantage in productivity relative to the local provenance comparable to that of progeny of plus trees. The aim of this study was to explore the extent to which productivity gains achieved by provenance transfer or the use of plus tree progeny are associated with reductions in autumn frost hardiness, relative to that of trees of the local provenance. In a field trial with 19-year-old trees in central Sweden, bud hardiness was tested on four occasions during the autumn of 2002. Trees of the local provenance were compared with trees of a south Swedish provenance originating 3 degrees of latitude to the south, a Belarusian provenance and the progeny of plus trees of local origin. The Belarusian provenance was the least hardy and the local provenance the most hardy, with plus tree progeny and the south Swedish provenance being intermediate in hardiness. Both the Belarusian provenance and the plus tree progeny were significantly taller than trees of the other populations. Within provenances, tree height was negatively correlated with autumn frost hardiness. Among the plus tree progeny, however, no such correlation between tree height and autumn frost hardiness was found. It is concluded that although the gain in productivity achieved by provenance transfer from Belarus was comparable to that achieved by using the progeny of plus trees of the local provenance, the use of trees of the Belarus provenance involved an increased risk of autumn frost damage because of later hardening. PMID:15996961

  9. North Polar Layered Deposits in Summer

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    2006-01-01

    The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter acquired this image during its first day of test imaging from the spacecraft's low-altitude mapping orbit, Sept. 29, 2006.

    This image of Mars' north polar layered deposits was taken during the summer season (solar longitude of 113.6 degrees), when carbon dioxide frost had evaporated from the surface. The bright spots seen here are most likely patches of water frost, but the location of the frost patches does not appear to be controlled by topography. Layers are visible at the bottom of the image, mostly due to difference in slope between them. The variations in slope are probably caused by differences in the physical properties of the layers. Thinner layers that have previously been observed in these deposits are visible, and may represent annual deposition of water ice and dust that is thought to form the polar layered deposits. These deposits are thought to record global climate variations on Mars, similar to ice ages on Earth. HiRISE images such as this should allow Mars' climate record to be inferred and compared with climate changes on Earth.

    Image TRA_000825_2665 was taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter spacecraft on September 29, 2006. Shown here is the full image, centered at 86.5 degree latitude, 172.0 degrees east longitude. The image is oriented such that north is to the top. The range to the target site was 298.9 kilometers (186.8 miles). At this distance the image scale is 59.8 centimeters (23.5 inches) per pixel (with two-by-two binning} so objects about 1.79 meters (70 inches) across are resolved. In total the original image was 12.2 kilometers 7.58 mile; 10024 pixels) wide and 6.1 kilometers (3.79 miles; 5000 pixels) long. The image was taken at a local Mars time of 3:30 PM and the scene is illuminated from the southwest with a solar incidence angle of 63.5 degrees, thus the sun was about 26.5 degrees above the horizon.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, Washington. Lockheed Martin Space Systems is the prime contractor for the project and built the spacecraft. The HiRISE camera was built by Ball Aerospace Corporation and is operated by the University of Arizona.

  10. Development of Fractal Ultra-Hydrophobic Coating Films to Prevent Water Vapor Dewing and to Delay Frosting

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    Quan, Yun-Yun; Jiang, Pei-Guo; Zhang, Li-Zhi

    2014-09-01

    Superhydrophobic films fabricated on copper and aluminum surfaces have potential applications to solve water condensation and frosting problems on chilled ceiling system. The rough surfaces of copper foils obtained by solution immersion method exhibit the existence of fractal structures. The hydrophobicity of copper surfaces is enhanced with fractal structures. The relationship between contact angles (CAs) and the fractal dimensions (FDs) for surface roughness of Cu samples with different etching time is investigated. Moisture condensation and frosting experiments on the two kinds of surfaces are conducted in natural environment under different chilling temperatures. During condensation, micro water condensate droplets drift down the surface like dust floating in the air. Several larger condensate droplets about 1-2 mm appear on the substrates after 3 h condensation. This continuous jumping motion of the condensate will be beneficial in delaying frosting. The results demonstrate that dense nanostructures on copper surfaces are superior to loose lattice-like microstructures on aluminum surfaces for preventing the formation of large droplets condensate and in delaying the icing. The large water droplets of 2-3 mm in diameter that would form on a common metal foil are sharply decreased to dozens of microns and small droplets are formed on a modified surface, which will then drift down like a fog.

  11. Efficiency of frost-cracking processes through space and time: An example from the eastern Italian Alps

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    Savi, S.; Delunel, R.; Schlunegger, F.

    2015-03-01

    It is widely accepted that climate has a strong impact and exerts important feedbacks on erosional processes and sediment transport mechanisms. However, the extent at which climate influences erosion is still a matter of debate. In this paper we test whether frost-cracking processes and related temperature variations can influence the sediment production and surface erosion in a small catchment situated in the eastern Italian Alps. To this extent, we first present a geomorphic map of the region that we complement with published 10Be-based denudation rates. We then apply a preexisting heat-flow model in order to analyze the variations of the frost-cracking intensity (FCI) in the study area, which could have controlled the sediment production in the basin. Finally, we compare the model results with the pattern of denudation rates and Quaternary deposits in the geomorphic map. The model results, combined with field observations, mapping, and quantitative geomorphic analyses, reveal that frost-cracking processes have had a primary role in the production of sediment where the intensity of sediment supply has been dictated and limited by the combined effect of temperature variations and conditions of bedrock preservation. These results highlight the importance of a yet poorly understood process for the production of sediment in mountain areas.

  12. Peripheral capillary nonperfusion and full-field electroretinographic changes in eyes with frosted branch-like appearance retinal vasculitis

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    Matsui, Yoshitsugu; Tsukitome, Hideyuki; Uchiyama, Eriko; Wada, Yuko; Yagi, Tatsuya; Matsubara, Hisashi; Kondo, Mineo

    2013-01-01

    We report a patient with frosted branch-like appearance retinal vasculitis associated with peripheral capillary nonperfusion and full-field electroretinographic changes. A 62-year-old man presented with sudden bilateral decreased vision accompanied by headaches. His best-corrected visual acuity was 0.01 in both eyes. Fundus examination and fluorescein angiography showed bilateral frosted branch-like appearance retinal vasculitis, and spectral-domain optical coherence tomography showed severe macular edema in both eyes. The cerebrospinal fluid analyses showed an increased lymphocyte count and protein levels. He was treated with systemic corticosteroid therapy, and his best-corrected visual acuity improved to 0.8 OD and 1.0 OS at 6 months after onset. However, fluorescein angiography showed a lack of capillary perfusion in the periphery, and the oscillatory potentials on full-field electroretinography were severely reduced in both eyes. These findings indicated extensive retinal ischemia and inner retinal dysfunction, and that fluorescein angiography and full-field electroretinograms can be useful during follow-up of eyes with frosted branch-like appearance retinal vasculitis. PMID:23355770

  13. Frost decreases content of sugars, ascorbic acid and some quercetin glycosides but stimulates selected carotenes in Rosa canina hips.

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    Cunja, Vlasta; Mikulic-Petkovsek, Maja; Zupan, Anka; Stampar, Franci; Schmitzer, Valentina

    2015-04-15

    Primary and secondary metabolites of Rosa canina hips were determined by HPLC/MS during ripening and after frost damage. Rose hips were harvested six times from the beginning of September until the beginning of December. Color parameters a*, b* and L* decreased during maturation. Glucose and fructose were the predominant sugars representing up to 92% total sugars, and citric acid was the major organic acid detected in rose hips (constituting up to 58% total organic acids). Total sugar and ascorbic acid content significantly decreased after frost damage; from 42.2 to 25.9 g 100 g(-1) DW for sugars and from 716.8 to 176.0 mg 100 g(-1) DW for ascorbic acid. Conversely, β-carotene and lycopene levels increased in frostbitten rose hips to 22.1 and 113.2 mg 100 g(-1) DW, respectively. In addition to cyanidin-3-glucoside (highest level in hips was 125.7 μg 100 g (-1) DW), 45 different phenolic compounds have been identified. The most abundant were proanthocyanidins (their levels amounted up to 90% of total flavanol content) and their content showed no significant differences during maturation. The levels of catechin, phloridzin, flavanones and several quercetin glycosides were highest on the first three sampling dates and decreased after frost. Antioxidant capacity similarly decreased in frostbitten rose hips. Total phenolic content increased until the third sampling and decreased on later samplings. PMID:25768262

  14. Growth of C02 frost thickness near Chasma Borealis during northern winter and spring.

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    Feldman, W. C.; Boynton, W. V.; Prettyman, T. H.; Kelly, N.; Maurice, S.

    2003-01-01

    Epithermal neutron fluxes measured using the Neutron Spectrometer component of the Mars OdysscNGamma-Ray Spectrometer suite of instruments were studied to determ i ne the spatial and temporal dependence of CO2 frost cover of the nor t h polar cap for L, between 329 and 99 arcoccntric longitude. This time period spans the la t e northern xvinter through summer solstice . In the absence of a CO, cuvcr, the entire basement terrain p o l eward of about +55 latitude is vm, rich in I1 :0 . The consequent enhanced abundance of hydrogen in near-surface soils leads to an anomaluusly low flux of oumardly leaking cpithcrmal ncutrons, wh i ch is a prominent signatu r e of epi t hermal neutron maps measured after about L, = 90 . Because the epithermal neutron flux rises monotonically w i t h increasing thickness of t h e CO . fros t cover, it provides a robust measure of the CO2 thickness in space and time .

  15. Thermodynamic and fracture mechanical processes in the context of frost wedging in ice shelves

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    Plate, Carolin; Müller, Ralf; Humbert, Angelika; Gross, Dietmar

    2015-04-01

    Ice shelves, the link between ice shields or glaciers and the ocean are sensitive elements of the polar environment. The ongoing break up and disintegration of huge ice shelf parts or entire ice shelf demands for an explication of the underlying processes. The first analyses of crack growth and break up events in ice shelves date back to more than half a century. Nevertheless, the mechanisms that trigger and influence the collapse of whole ice shelf parts are not yet fully understood. Popular presumptions link ice shelf disintegration to surface meltwater and hydro fracturing, explaining break up events in warm polar seasons. Fracture events during colder seasons are possibly triggered by more complex mechanisms. A well-documented break up event at the Wilkins Ice Shelf bridge inspires the possibility of frost wedging as disintegration cause. The present study shows a two-dimensional thermo-dynamical model simulating the growth of an ice lid in a water-filled crevasse for measured surface temperatures. The influence of the crevasse geometry and the ice shelf temperature are shown. The resulting lid thickness is then used for the linear elastic fracture mechanical analysis. The maximum crack depth is estimated by comparing the computed stress intensity factors to critical values KIc obtained from literature. The thermodynamic as well as the fracture mechanical simulation are performed using the commercial finite element code COMSOL. The computation of KI follows in post processing routines in MATLAB exploiting the benefits of the concept of configurational forces.

  16. Carbon-Dioxide Frost Settling from Seasonal Outbursts on Mars (Movie)

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    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Frame #1 FRT00004959, Ls 195 Frame #2 FRT000049C2, Ls 196 [figure removed for brevity, see original site] [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Frame #3 FRT00004B45, Ls 199 Frame #4 FRT000059E2, Ls 226

    Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust. The different composition of Mars' seasonal caps than Earth's seasonal caps (water-ice snow), plus the lower pressure of the Martian atmosphere, inevitably make springtime recession of the seasonal cap different than the snowmelt that characterizes retreat of Earth's seasonal cap. To monitor Mars' seasonal changes, CRISM repeatedly targets specific regions as Mars' seasons change. Results shown here are evidence that as warming carbon-dioxide ice vaporizes, some is trapped under the ice slab from which pressurized outbursts occur. The released gas expands, cools, and some of it refreezes and falls back to the surface as bright fans.

    The region shown in this movie, known informally as Manhattan, is located at 86.3 degrees south latitude, 99 degrees east longitude. To represent the content of the spectral images, two versions of the data are shown side-by-side. The left image was constructed from extended visible wavelengths, to look similar to color images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. The right image is infrared false-color, with red being the reflectance at 1.30 micrometers, green being depth of the water ice absorption centered at 1.5 micrometers, and blue being depth of the carbon dioxide ice absorption centered at 1.435 micrometers. In this color scheme, surfaces with higher water ice content will appear greenish, while bright carbon dioxide ice will appear magenta. Areas covered by dust will appear dark. In both images, north is to the right. The four time steps in the movie were taken at solar longitudes (Ls) ranging from 195 through 226. (Solar longitude is a measure of seasons, where 180 is southern spring equinox and 270 is southern summer solstice.)

    The first frame (image FRT00004959, Ls 195) shows a number of spots and dark fan-shaped features, with a higher concentration of spots on a slope in the middle of the scene. The dark fans show multiple directions, generally indicating wind coming out of the east. The second frame (image FRT000049C2, Ls 196) was taken just a few days after the prior one and starts to show color variations in the fans.

    The third frame (image FRT00004B45, Ls 199) records appearance of bright (bluish) fans in addition to the dark fans. The bright fans are slightly more bluish in the false-color image at right, indicating enrichment in carbon dioxide ice. The tails of the dark fans are more greenish, indicated a slight enhancement of water ice. The fourth and final frame (image FRT000059E2, Ls 226) shows distinct bright fans that appear magenta in the false-color image, indicating carbon dioxide ice with little evidence of water ice. However the surrounding surface is greenish, suggesting small amounts of water ice contamination. The tails of the dark fans appear to be more greenish in the infrared than the surrounding ice, suggesting a slight enhancement of the water ice contamination. The difference between the directions of dark and bright fans suggests changes in the wind direction, perhaps as part of a diurnal cycle or pattern.

    CRISM science team members working with these data believe that they are seeing evidence for a process first proposed based on data from the Thermal Imaging System (THEMIS) instrument on Mars Odyssey. In this hypothesis, sunlight penetrating the ice warms the underling soil and causes carbon dioxide frost to vaporize at its base. At first the gas is trapped under the frost; when it is released, the expanding gas cools and part of it refreezes to form carbon dioxide frost in the magenta-colored fans.

    The Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars (CRISM) is one of six science instruments on NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Led by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, the CRISM team includes expertise from universities, government agencies and small businesses in the United States and abroad.

    CRISM's mission: Find the spectral fingerprints of aqueous and hydrothermal deposits and map the geology, composition and stratigraphy of surface features. The instrument will also watch the seasonal variations in Martian dust and ice aerosols, and water content in surface materials leading to new understanding of the climate.

  17. TuBaFrost 6: virtual microscopy in virtual tumour banking.

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    Teodorovic, I; Isabelle, M; Carbone, A; Passioukov, A; Lejeune, S; Jaminé, D; Therasse, P; Gloghini, A; Dinjens, W N M; Lam, K H; Oomen, M H A; Spatz, A; Ratcliffe, C; Knox, K; Mager, R; Kerr, D; Pezzella, F; van Damme, B; van de Vijver, M; van Boven, H; Morente, M M; Alonso, S; Kerjaschki, D; Pammer, J; Lopez-Guerrero, J A; Llombart Bosch, A; van Veen, E-B; Oosterhuis, J W; Riegman, P H J

    2006-12-01

    Many systems have already been designed and successfully used for sharing histology images over large distances, without transfer of the original glass slides. Rapid evolution was seen when digital images could be transferred over the Internet. Nowadays, sophisticated Virtual Microscope systems can be acquired, with the capability to quickly scan large batches of glass slides at high magnification and compress and store the large images on disc, which subsequently can be consulted through the Internet. The images are stored on an image server, which can give simple, easy to transfer pictures to the user specifying a certain magnification on any position in the scan. This offers new opportunities in histology review, overcoming the necessity of the dynamic telepathology systems to have compatible software systems and microscopes and in addition, an adequate connection of sufficient bandwidth. Consulting the images now only requires an Internet connection and a computer with a high quality monitor. A system of complete pathology review supporting bio-repositories is described, based on the implementation of this technique in the European Human Frozen Tumor Tissue Bank (TuBaFrost). PMID:17027253

  18. TuBaFrost 4: access rules and incentives for a European tumour bank.

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    Lopez-Guerrero, J A; Riegman, P H J; Oosterhuis, J W; Lam, K H; Oomen, M H A; Spatz, A; Ratcliffe, C; Knox, K; Mager, R; Kerr, D; Pezzella, F; van Damme, B; van de Vijver, M; van Boven, H; Morente, M M; Alonso, S; Kerjaschki, D; Pammer, J; Carbone, A; Gloghini, A; Teodorovic, I; Isabelle, M; Passioukov, A; Lejeune, S; Therasse, P; van Veen, E-B; Dinjens, W N M; Llombart-Bosch, A

    2006-11-01

    When designing infrastructure for a networked virtual tumour bank (samples remain at the collector institutes and sample data are collected in a searchable central database), it is apparent that this can only function properly after developing an adequate set of rules for use and access. These rules must include sufficient incentives for the tissue sample collectors to remain active within the network and maintain sufficient sample levels in the local bank. These requirements resulted in a key TuBaFrost rule, stating that the custodianship of the samples remains under the authority of the local collector. As a consequence, the samples and the decision to issue the samples to a requestor are not transferred to a large organisation but instead remain with the collector, thus allowing autonomous negotiation between collector and requestor, potential co-authorship in publications or compensation for collection and processing costs. Furthermore, it realises a streamlined cost effective network, ensuring tissue visibility and accessibility thereby improving the availability of large amounts of samples of highly specific or rare tumour types as well as providing contact opportunities for collaboration between scientists with cutting edge technology and tissue collectors. With this general purpose in mind, the rules and responsibilities for collectors, requestors and central office were generated. PMID:17027256

  19. Influence of the female flowering environment on autumn frost-hardiness of Picea abies progenies.

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    Johnsen, O; Skrppa, T; Junttila, O; Dhlen, O G

    1996-05-01

    Two experiments were designed to test possible effects of photoperiod and temperature during microsporogensis to anthesis on early autumn frost-hardiness of Picea abies progenies. Pollen lots were produced in phytotron rooms and used in crosses in a seed orchard. No biologically important differences in progeny performance were evident either between high and low temperature or between long and short-day treatments, and no significant interaction between photoperiod and temperature was found. In a third experiment, however, an effect of the environment during female flowering was obtained. Crosses performed in early spring (March) inside a heated greenhouse (short day, high temperature) produced progenies which were less hardy than their full-sibs reproduced from crosses indoors (long day, high temperature) and outdoors (long day, low temperature) in May. The most hardy siblings originated from the late-spring outdoor crosses. These results indicate that some stages in reproduction during female flowering, such as female meiosis, pollen tube growth, syngamy, early embryogenesis and embryo competition, may be sensitive to temperature and/or photoperiodic signals which can be transmitted to the progeny. We suspect that the altered performance of the progenies could be due to an activation of a regulatory mechanism affecting the expression of genes controlling adaptive traits. Both the present and earlier results have implications for the genetic interpretation of provenance differences in Norway spruce. PMID:24166543

  20. Thaw-Subsidence Measurements in the Circumpolar Active Layer Monitoring (CALM) Program

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    Nelson, F. E.; Shiklomanov, N. I.; Streletskiy, D. A.; Little, J. D.; Maxhitova, G. G.; Hinkel, K. M.

    2007-12-01

    Vertical movement of the ground surface due to frost heave and thaw subsidence is a common phenomenon in permafrost regions. The magnitude of this movement varies both temporally and spatially, owing to interannual climatic variability at the ground surface and to local variations of soil moisture. Because measurements at point locations made using frost/thaw tubes at CALM sites during the 1990s indicated that penetration of thaw into the ice-rich transient layer may not be reflected in records of active-layer thickness, spatial sampling experiments were initiated early in this decade at several sites in Alaska and Russia. Differential Global Positioning Systems (DGPS) technology was employed at sites in the northern Brooks Range Foothills and on the Arctic Coastal Plain of northern Alaska. Traditional theodolite survey methods were used at sites in the European Russian Arctic. The resulting heave/subsidence records, in conjunction with temperature and active-layer measurements, were used to evaluate regional and site-specific factors affecting the spatial and temporal variability of frost heave and subsidence. Heave and settlement show patterns of spatial variation similar to those of active-layer thickness (ALT). Results from all locations indicate a monotonic increase in thaw penetration into the upper ice-rich permafrost during the period of observation. The CALM II (2004-09) measurement protocol accommodates long- term subsidence measurements, and instrumentation is being developed for deployment at most CALM observatories.

  1. Mixed convection boundary layer flow at the lower stagnation point of a sphere embedded in a porous medium in presence of heat source/sink: Constant heat flux case

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    Fauzi, Nur Fatihah; Ahmad, Syakila; Pop, Ioan

    2014-07-01

    The steady mixed convection flow of an incompressible viscous fluid over an isoflux sphere embedded in a porous medium with the existence of heat source/sink is theoretically considered for both the assisting and opposing flow cases with small Prandtl number. The transformed equations of the non-similar boundary layer at the lower stagnation point of the sphere are solved numerically using a finite-difference method known as the Keller-box scheme. Numerical results are presented for the skin friction coefficient and the local wall temperature, as well as the velocity and temperature profiles for different values of the porosity parameter, the heat source/sink parameter and the mixed convection parameter for air. It is noticed that the solution has two branches in a certain range of the mixed convection parameter.

  2. Factors contributing to enhanced freezing tolerance in wheat during frost hardening in the light.

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    Janda, Tibor; Szalai, Gabriella; Lesk, Kornlia; Yordanova, Rusina; Apostol, Simona; Popova, Losanka Petrova

    2007-06-01

    The interaction between light and temperature during the development of freezing tolerance was studied in winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L. var. Mv Emese). Ten-day-old plants were cold hardened at 5 degrees C for 12 days under normal (250 micromol m(-2)s(-1)) or low light (20 micromol m(-2)s(-1)) conditions. Some of the plants were kept at 20/18 degrees C for 12 days at high light intensity (500 micromol m(-2)s(-1)), which also increased the freezing tolerance of winter wheat. The freezing survival rate, the lipid composition, the antioxidant activity, and the salicylic acid content were investigated during frost hardening. The saturation level of hexadecanoic acid decreased not only in plants hardened at low temperature, but also, to a lesser extent, in plants kept under high light irradiation at normal growth temperature. The greatest induction of the enzymes glutathione reductase (EC 1.6.4.2.) and ascorbate peroxidase (EC 1.11.1.11.) occurred when the cold treatment was carried out in normal light, but high light intensity at normal, non-hardening temperature also increased the activity of these enzymes. The catalase (EC 1.11.1.6.) activity was also higher in plants grown at high light intensity than in the controls. The greatest level of induction in the activity of the guaiacol peroxidase (EC 1.11.1.7.) enzyme occurred under cold conditions with low light. The bound ortho-hydroxy-cinnamic acid increased by up to two orders of magnitude in plants that were cold hardened in normal light. Both high light intensity and low temperature hardening caused an increase in the free and bound salicylic acid content of the leaves. This increase was most pronounced in plants that were cold treated in normal light. PMID:17537468

  3. Carbon-Dioxide Frost Settling from Seasonal Outbursts on Mars (Movie)

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    2007-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Frame #1 FRT00004959, Ls 195 Frame #2 FRT000049C2, Ls 196 [figure removed for brevity, see original site] [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Frame #3 FRT00004B45, Ls 199 Frame #4 FRT000059E2, Ls 226

    Mars' seasonal caps consist of frozen carbon dioxide mixed with smaller amounts of water ice frost and dust. The different composition of Mars' seasonal caps than Earth's seasonal caps (water-ice snow), plus the lower pressure of the Martian atmosphere, inevitably make springtime recession of the seasonal cap different than the snowmelt that characterizes retreat of Earth's seasonal cap. To monitor Mars' seasonal changes, CRISM repeatedly targets specific regions as Mars' seasons change. Results shown here are evidence that as warming carbon-dioxide ice vaporizes, some is trapped under the ice slab from which pressurized outbursts occur. The released gas expands, cools, and some of it refreezes and falls back to the surface as bright fans.

    The region shown in this movie, known informally as Manhattan, is located at 86.3 degrees south latitude, 99 degrees east longitude. To represent the content of the spectral images, two versions of the data are shown side-by-side. The left image was constructed from extended visible wavelengths, to look similar to color images from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera. The right image is infrared false-color, with red being the reflectance at 1.30 micrometers, green being depth of the water ice absorption centered at 1.5 micrometers, and blue being depth of the carbon dioxide ice absorption centered at 1.435 micrometers. In this color scheme, surfaces with higher water ice content will appear greenish, while bright carbon dioxide ice will appear magenta. Areas covered by dust will appear dark. In both images, north is to the right. The four time steps in the movie were taken at solar longitudes (Ls) ranging from 195 through 226. (Solar longitude is a measure of seasons, where 180 is southern spring equinox and 270 is southern summer solstice.)

    The first frame (image FRT00004959, Ls 195) shows a number of spots and dark fan-shaped features, with a higher concentration of spots on a slope in the middle of the scene. The dark fans show multiple directions, generally indicating wind coming out of the east. The second frame (image FRT000049C2, Ls 196) was taken just a few days after the prior one and starts to show color variations in the fans.

    The third frame (image FRT00004B45, Ls 199) records appearance of bright (bluish) fans in addition to the dark fans. The bright fans are slightly more bluish in the false-color image at right, indicating enrichment in carbon dioxide ice. The tails of the dark fans are more greenish, indicated a slight enhancement of water ice. The fourth and final frame (image FRT000059E2, Ls 226) shows distinct bright fans that appear magenta in the false-color image, indicating carbon dioxide ice with little evidence of water ice. However the surrounding surface is greenish, suggesting small amounts of water ice contamination. The tails of the dark fans appear to be more greenish in the infrared than the surrounding ice, suggesting a slight enhancement of the water ice contamination. The difference between the directions of dark and bright fans suggests changes in the wind direction, perhaps as part of a diurnal cycle or pattern.

    CRISM science team members working with these data believe that they are seeing evidence for a process first proposed based on data from the Thermal Imaging System (THEMIS) instrument on Mars Odyssey. In this hypothesis, sunlight penetrating the ice warms the underling soil and causes carbon dioxide frost to vaporize at its base. At first the gas is trapped under the frost; when it is released, the e

  4. Agricultural losses related to frost events: use of the 850 hPa level temperature as an explanatory variable of the damage cost

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    Papagiannaki, K.; Lagouvardos, K.; Kotroni, V.; Papagiannakis, G.

    2014-09-01

    The objective of this study is the analysis of damaging frost events in agriculture, by examining the relationship between the daily minimum temperature in the lower atmosphere (at an isobaric level of 850 hPa) and crop production losses. Furthermore, the study suggests a methodological approach for estimating agriculture risk due to frost events, with the aim of estimating the short-term probability and magnitude of frost-related financial losses for different levels of 850 hPa temperature. Compared with near-surface temperature forecasts, temperature forecasts at the level of 850 hPa are less influenced by varying weather conditions or by local topographical features; thus, they constitute a more consistent indicator of the forthcoming weather conditions. The analysis of the daily monetary compensations for insured crop losses caused by weather events in Greece shows that, during the period 1999-2011, frost caused more damage to crop production than any other meteorological phenomenon. Two regions of different geographical latitudes are examined further, to account for the differences in the temperature ranges developed within their ecological environment. Using a series of linear and logistic regressions, we found that minimum temperature (at an 850 hPa level), grouped into three categories according to its magnitude, and seasonality, are significant variables when trying to explain crop damage costs, as well as to predict and quantify the likelihood and magnitude of damaging frost events.

  5. Agricultural losses related to frost events: use of the 850 hPa level temperature as an explanatory variable of the damage cost

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    Papagiannaki, K.; Lagouvardos, K.; Kotroni, V.; Papagiannakis, G.

    2014-01-01

    The objective of this study is to analyze frost damaging events in agriculture, by examining the relationship between the daily minimum temperature at the lower atmosphere (at the pressure level of 850 hPa) and crop production losses. Furthermore, the study suggests a methodological approach for estimating agriculture risk due to frost events, with the aim to estimate the short-term probability and magnitude of frost-related financial losses for different levels of 850 hPa temperature. Compared with near surface temperature forecasts, temperature forecast at the level of 850 hPa is less influenced by varying weather conditions, as well as by local topographical features, thus it constitutes a more consistent indicator of the forthcoming weather conditions. The analysis of the daily monetary compensations for insured crop losses caused by weather events in Greece, during the period 1999-2011, shows that frost is the major meteorological phenomenon with adverse effects on crop productivity in the largest part of the country. Two regions of different geographical latitude are further examined, to account for the differences in the temperature ranges developed within their ecological environment. Using a series of linear and logistic regressions, we found that minimum temperature (at 850 hPa level), grouped in three categories according to its magnitude, and seasonality are significant variables when trying to explain crop damage costs, as well as to predict and quantify the likelihood and magnitude of frost damaging events.

  6. Proteins involved in distinct phases of cold hardening process in frost resistant winter barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cv Luxor.

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    Hlav?kov, Iva; Vtmvs, Pavel; Santr??ek, Ji?; Kosov, Klra; Zelenkov, Sylva; Pril, Ilja Tom; Ovesn, Jaroslava; Hynek, Radovan; Kod?ek, Milan

    2013-01-01

    Winter barley is an economically important cereal crop grown in higher latitudes and altitudes where low temperatures represent an important environmental constraint limiting crop productivity. In this study changes in proteome of leaves and crowns in a frost tolerant winter barley cv. Luxor in relation to short and long term periods of cold followed by a brief frost treatment were studied in order to disclose proteins responsible for the cold hardening process in distinct plant tissues. The mentioned changes have been monitored using two dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) with subsequent peptide-mapping protein identification. Regarding approximately 600-700 distinct protein spots detected on 2D gels, there has been found at least a two-fold change after exposure to low temperatures in about 10% of proteins in leaves and 13% of proteins in crowns. Protein and nitrogen metabolic processes have been influenced by low temperature to a similar extent in both tissues while catabolism, carbohydrate metabolism and proteins involved in stress response have been more affected in crowns than in leaves. The range of changes in protein abundance was generally higher in leaves and chloroplast proteins were frequently affected which suggests a priority to protect photosynthetic apparatus. Overall, our data proved existence of slightly different response strategies to low temperature stress in crowns and leaves, i.e., tissues with different biological role. Moreover, there have been found several proteins with large increase in accumulation, e.g., 33 kDa oxygen evolving protein of photosystem II in leaves and "enhanced disease susceptibility 1" in crowns; these proteins might have potential to indicate an enhanced level of frost tolerance in barley. PMID:23584021

  7. Vertical movements of frost mounds in sub-Arctic permafrost regions analyzed using geodetic survey and satellite interferometry

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    Beck, I.; Ludwig, R.; Bernier, M.; Strozzi, T.; Boike, J.

    2015-04-01

    Permafrost-affected soils cover about 45% of Canada. The environment in such areas, especially those located within the discontinuous permafrost zone, has been impacted more than any other by recorded climatic changes. A number of changes, such as surface subsidence and the degradation of frost mounds due to permafrost thawing have already been observed at many locations. We surveyed three frost mounds (lithalsas) close to Umiujaq, northern Quebec, sub-Arctic, using a high-precision differential Global Positioning System (d-GPS) during field visits in 2009, 2010 and 2011, thus obtaining detailed information on their responses to the freezing and thawing that occurs during the course of the annual temperature cycle. Seasonal pulsations were detected in the frost mounds and these responses were shown to vary with the state of degradation and the land cover. The most degraded lithalsa showed a maximum amplitude of vertical movement (either up or down) between winter and summer (thawing) of 0.19 0.09 m over the study period, while for the least degraded lithalsa this figure was far greater (1.24 0.47 m). Records from patches with little or no vegetation showed far less average vertical movement over the study period (0.17 0.03 m) than those with prostrate shrubs (0.56 0.02 m), suggesting an influence from the land-cover. A differential Interferometric Synthetic Aperature Radar (D-InSAR) analysis was also completed over the lithalsas using selected TerraSAR-X images acquired from April to October 2009 and from March to October 2010, with a repeat cycle of 11 days. Interferograms with baselines shorter than 200 m were computed revealing a generally very low interferometric coherence, restricting the quantification of vertical movements of the lithalsas. Vertical surface movements in the centimeter range were recorded in the near vicinity of Umiujaq.

  8. Proteins Involved in Distinct Phases of Cold Hardening Process in Frost Resistant Winter Barley (Hordeum vulgare L.) cv Luxor

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    Hlav?kov, Iva; Vtmvs, Pavel; antr??ek, Ji?; Kosov, Klra; Zelenkov, Sylva; Pril, Ilja Tom; Ovesn, Jaroslava; Hynek, Radovan; Kod?ek, Milan

    2013-01-01

    Winter barley is an economically important cereal crop grown in higher latitudes and altitudes where low temperatures represent an important environmental constraint limiting crop productivity. In this study changes in proteome of leaves and crowns in a frost tolerant winter barley cv. Luxor in relation to short and long term periods of cold followed by a brief frost treatment were studied in order to disclose proteins responsible for the cold hardening process in distinct plant tissues. The mentioned changes have been monitored using two dimensional difference gel electrophoresis (2D-DIGE) with subsequent peptide-mapping protein identification. Regarding approximately 600700 distinct protein spots detected on 2D gels, there has been found at least a two-fold change after exposure to low temperatures in about 10% of proteins in leaves and 13% of proteins in crowns. Protein and nitrogen metabolic processes have been influenced by low temperature to a similar extent in both tissues while catabolism, carbohydrate metabolism and proteins involved in stress response have been more affected in crowns than in leaves. The range of changes in protein abundance was generally higher in leaves and chloroplast proteins were frequently affected which suggests a priority to protect photosynthetic apparatus. Overall, our data proved existence of slightly different response strategies to low temperature stress in crowns and leaves, i.e., tissues with different biological role. Moreover, there have been found several proteins with large increase in accumulation, e.g., 33 kDa oxygen evolving protein of photosystem II in leaves and enhanced disease susceptibility 1 in crowns; these proteins might have potential to indicate an enhanced level of frost tolerance in barley. PMID:23584021

  9. Dehydration and osmotic adjustment in apple stem tissue during winter as it relates to the frost resistance of buds.

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    Pramsohler, Manuel; Neuner, Gilbert

    2013-08-01

    In deciduous trees, measurement of stem water potential can be difficult during the leafless period in winter. By using thermocouple psychrometry, osmotic water potentials (?o; actual ?o: ?o(act); ?o at full saturation: ?o(sat)) of expressed sap of bark and bud tissue were measured in order to test if the severity of winter desiccation in apple stems could be sufficiently assessed with ?o. Water potentials were related to frost resistance and freezing behaviour of buds. The determination of ?o reliably allowed winter desiccation and osmotic adjustments in apple stem tissue to be assessed. In winter in bark tissue, a pronounced decrease in ?o(act) and ?o(sat) was found. Decreased ?o(sat) indicates active osmotic adjustment in the bark as observed earlier in the leaves of evergreen woody plants. In terminal bud meristems, no significant osmotic adjustments occurred and dehydration during winter was much less. Osmotic water potentials, ?o(act) and ?o(sat), of bud tissue were always less negative than in the bark. To prevent water movement and dehydration of the bud tissue via this osmotic gradient, it must be compensated for either by a sufficiently high turgor pressure (?p) in bark tissue or by the isolation of the bud tissue from the bark during midwinter. During freezing of apple buds, freeze dehydration and extra-organ freezing could be demonstrated by significantly reduced ?o(act) values of bud meristems that had been excised in the frozen state. Infrared video thermography was used to monitor freezing patterns in apple twigs. During extracellular freezing of intact and longitudinally dissected stems, infrared differential thermal analysis (IDTA) images showed that the bud meristem remains ice free. Even if cooled to temperatures below the frost-killing temperature, no freezing event could be detected in bud meristems during winter. In contrast, after bud break, terminal buds showed a second freezing at the frost-killing temperature that indicates deep supercooling. Our results demonstrate the applicability of thermocouple psychrometry for the assessment of winter desiccation in stem tissues of deciduous trees and corroborate the finding that dormant apple buds survive by extra-organ freezing and do not deep supercool. In addition, they indicate that significant changes of the frost-survival mechanism can occur during the apple bud development in spring. PMID:23939553

  10. Spatial distribution and temporal variation of the winter wheat late frost disaster in Henan, China

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    Zhang, Xuefen; Zheng, Youfei; Wang, Chunyi; Chen, Huailiang; Ren, Zhenhe; Zou, Chunhui

    2011-04-01

    The winter wheat late frost disaster (WFD) occurs mainly in the Yellow and Huaihe River area, of which Henan Province covers the most part. Henan is the major area of wheat production in China, but it is severely hit by the WFD. In this study, we construct a WFD index based on the minimum temperature and the winter wheat development period (WDP). The WFD degrees and days at 30 agrometeorological stations in Henan Province during the period of 1981-2004 are calculated. For the large-scale temporal variation analysis of WFD, the 24-yr WDP observation series is relatively short, so it is expanded by using the relation between the turning green date of winter wheat and the 5-day running mean temperature and that between the stem elongation phase and the effective cumulative temperature above a critical value of 2.5C. The WFD data are also expanded for the last 50 years and are analyzed by using the empirical orthogonal function (EOF) and the Morlet wavelet methods. Characteristics in the spatial distribution and temporal variation of WFD are revealed. The results show that the frequency of WFD is generally high, exceeding 40% in parts of Henan, and exhibits a rising trend in the period of 1970-1990. The variation trend of WFD degrees is similar to that of WFD days, and the areas with higher WFD degrees coincide the areas with more WFD days. Moreover, the WFD degree has a greater impact on the winter wheat yield than the WFD days. The areas with high WFD degrees lie in the southeast and southwest of Henan, and the areas with low WFD degrees lie in the south of the Huaihe River and parts of western Henan. Temporal variations of the first and second EOF modes of the WFD degree display 16- and quasi-22-yr periodicities, respectively. The areas of high (low) WFD frequency are distributed in the northern Henan and the southwest border of Henan (the northeast Henan and the middle part of southwest Henan). The temporal variation of the first (second) EOF mode of WFD days exhibits a periodicity (periodicities) of quasi-4 yr (quasi-3 and quasi-6-7 yr).

  11. Aggregate-cement paste transition zone properties affecting the salt-frost damage of high-performance concretes

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    Cwirzen, Andrzej; Penttala, Vesa

    2005-04-01

    The influence of the cement paste-aggregate interfacial transition zone (ITZ) on the frost durability of high-performance silica fume concrete (HPSFC) has been studied. Investigation was carried out on eight non-air-entrained concretes having water-to-binder (W/B) ratios of 0.3, 0.35 and 0.42 and different additions of condensed silica fume. Studies on the microstructure and composition of the cement paste have been made by means of environmental scanning electron microscope (ESEM)-BSE, ESEM-EDX and mercury intrusion porosimetry (MIP) analysis. The results showed that the transition zone initiates and accelerates damaging mechanisms by enhancing movement of the pore solution within the concrete during freezing and thawing cycles. Cracks filled with ettringite were primarily formed in the ITZ. The test concretes having good frost-deicing salt durability featured a narrow transition zone and a decreased Ca/Si atomic ratio in the transition zone compared to the bulk cement paste. Moderate additions of silica fume seemed to densify the microstructure of the ITZ.

  12. Effects of summer frost exposures on the cold tolerance strategy of a sub-Antarctic beetle.

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    Bale, J S.; Worland, M R.; Block, W

    2001-09-01

    The sub-Antarctic beetle Hydromedion sparsutum (Coleoptera, Perimylopidae) is common locally on the island of South Georgia where sub-zero temperatures can be experienced in any month of the year. Larvae were known to be weakly freeze tolerant in summer with a mean supercooling point (SCP) around -4 degrees C and a lower lethal temperature of -10 degrees C (15min exposure). This study investigated the effects of successive freezing exposures on the SCP and subsequent survival of summer acclimatised larvae. The mean SCP of field fresh larvae was -4.2+/-0.2 degrees C with a range from -1.0 to -6.1 degrees C. When larvae were cooled to -6.5 degrees C on 10 occasions at intervals of 30min and one and four days, survival was 44, 70 and 68%, respectively. The 'end of experiment' SCP of larvae surviving 10 exposures at -6.5 degrees C showed distinct changes and patterns from the original field population depending on the interval between exposure. In the 30min interval group, most larvae froze between -6 and -8 degrees C, a depression of up to 6 degrees C from the original sample; all larvae were dead when cooling was continued below the SCP to -12 degrees C. In the one and four day interval groups, most larvae froze above -6 degrees C, showing no change as a result of the 10 exposures at -6.5 degrees C. As with the 30min interval group, some larvae froze below -6 degrees C, but with a wider range, and again, all were dead when cooled to -12 degrees C. However, in the one and four day interval groups, some larvae remained unfrozen when cooled to -12 degrees C, a depression of their individual SCP of at least 6 degrees C, and were alive 24h after cooling. In a further experiment, larvae were cooled to their individual SCP temperature at daily intervals on 10 occasions to ensure that every larva froze every day. Most larvae which showed a depression of their SCP of 2-4 degrees C from their day one value became moribund or died after six or seven freezing events. Survival was highest in larvae with SCPs of -2 to -3 degrees C on day one and which froze at this level on all 10 occasions. The results indicate that in larvae in which the SCP is lowered following sub-zero exposure, the depression of the SCP is greatest in individuals that do not actually freeze. Further, the data suggest that after successive frost exposures in early winter the larval population may become segregated into two sub-populations with different overwintering strategies. One group consists of larvae that freeze consistently in the temperature range from -1 to -3 degrees C and can survive multiple freeze-thaw cycles. A second group with lower initial SCPs (around -6 degrees C), or which fall to this level or lower (down to -12 degrees C) after freezing on one or more occasions, are less likely to freeze through extended supercooling, but more likely to die if freezing occurs. PMID:12770194

  13. Introduction: beyond presence.

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    Huang, M P

    1999-01-01

    Presence is a concept arising from the use of sophisticated remote control devices and virtual reality equipment. It refers to the user's sense of being at a remote or virtual environment. This introduction briefly describes some of how the research on this concept developed, as well as some of the issues of how it is defined and measured. It also suggests that earlier research has been biased towards analyzing how attributes of technology or the environment impacts the individual rather than examining how individual psychological, cognitive, and attentional variables affect our virtual interactions. Current research is exploring new models and issues in the presence arena, as illustrated by this set of articles in this issue of CyberPsychology and Behavior. The development of these directions will hopefully expand our thinking about "virtual presence" to that of "virtual experience." PMID:19178228

  14. Color and albedo of the south polar layered deposits on Mars

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    Herkenhoff, K. E.; Murray, B. C.

    1990-02-01

    Five color/albedo units, including polar frost, have been recognized and mapped in the southern layered deposits on Mars. Atmospheric dust scattering was measured in shadows and modeled in order to remove the component of brightness in Mars images due to the atmosphere and quantify the albedo and color of the surface. The layered deposits appear to be mantled by red dust, except where eolian stripping has exposed the underlying bedrock. Dark material has been deposited in topographic depressions in much of the south polar region, including the layered deposits. The available observational data suggest that the layered deposits are composed of bright dust, ice, and a small amount of dark material. If the dark material is sand, a periodic change in polar winds seems required in order to transport the sand poleward into the layered terrain. In any case, the observations are not consistent with the layered deposits being composed only of bright dust and ice.

  15. Selective occurrence of Rhizobiales in frost flowers on the surface of young sea ice near Barrow, Alaska and distribution in the polar marine rare biosphere.

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    Bowman, J S; Larose, C; Vogel, T M; Deming, J W

    2013-08-01

    Frost flowers are highly saline ice structures that grow on the surface of young sea ice, a spatially extensive environment of increasing importance in the Arctic Ocean. In a previous study, we reported organic components of frost flowers in the form of elevated levels of bacteria and exopolymers relative to underlying ice. Here, DNA was extracted from frost flowers and young sea ice, collected in springtime from a frozen lead offshore of Barrow, Alaska, to identify bacteria in these understudied environments. Evaluation of the distribution of 16S rRNA genes via four methods (microarray analysis, T-RFLP, clone library and shotgun metagenomic sequencing) indicated distinctive bacterial assemblages between the two environments, with frost flowers appearing to select for Rhizobiales. A phylogenetic placement approach, used to evaluate the distribution of similar Rhizobiales sequences in other polar marine studies, indicated that some of the observed strains represent widely distributed members of the marine rare biosphere in both the Arctic and Antarctic. PMID:23864572

  16. Did the late spring frost in 2007 and 2011 affect tree-ring width and earlywood vessel size in Pedunculate oak (Quercus robur) in northern Poland?

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    Puchałka, Radosław; Koprowski, Marcin; Przybylak, Julia; Przybylak, Rajmund; Dąbrowski, Henryk P.

    2015-11-01

    Trees are sensitive to extreme weather and environmental conditions. This sensitivity is visible in tree-ring widths and cell structure. In our study, we hypothesized that the sudden frost noted at the beginning of May in both 2007 and 2011 affected cambial activity and, consequently, the number and size of vessels in the tree rings. It was decided to test this hypothesis after damage to leaves was observed. The applied response function model did not show any significant relationships between spring temperature and growth. However, this method uses average values for long periods and sometimes misses the short-term effects. This is why we decided to study each ring separately, comparing them with rings unaffected by the late frost. Our study showed that the short-term effect of sudden frost in late spring did not affect tree rings and selected cell parameters. The most likely reasons for this are (i) cambial activity producing the earlywood vessels before the occurrence of the observed leaf damage, (ii) the forest micro-climate protecting the trees from the harsh frost and (iii) the temperature decline being too short-lived an event to affect the oaks. On the other hand, the visible damage may be occasional and not affect cambium activity and tree vitality at all. We conclude that oak is well-adapted to this phenomenon.

  17. An Approximate Method of Calculation of Relative Humidity Required to Prevent Frosting on Inside of Aircraft Pressure Cabin Windows, Special Report

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    Jones, Alun R.

    1940-01-01

    This report has been prepare in response to a request for information from an aircraft company. A typical example was selected for the presentation of an approximate method of calculation of the relative humidity required to prevent frosting on the inside of a plastic window in a pressure type cabin on a high speed airplane. The results of the study are reviewed.

  18. Frost Grape Polysaccharide (FGP), an emulsion-forming arabinogalactan gum from the stems of native North American grape species Vitis riparia Michx

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    A new arabinogalactan is described that is produced in large quantity from the cut stems of the North American grape species Vitis riparia (Frost grape). The sugar composition consists of L-arabinofuranose (L-Araf, 55.2 %) and D-galactopyranose (D-Galp 30.1%), with smaller components of D-xylose (11...

  19. Patterns of late spring frost leaf damage and recovery in a European beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) stand in south-eastern Germany based on repeated digital photographs

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    Menzel, Annette; Helm, Raimund; Zang, Christian

    2015-01-01

    Damage by late spring frost is a risk deciduous trees have to cope with in order to optimize the length of their growing season. The timing of spring phenological development plays a crucial role, not only at the species level, but also at the population and individual level, since fresh new leaves are especially vulnerable. For the pronounced late spring frost in May 2011 in Germany, we studied the individual leaf development of 35 deciduous trees (mainly European beech Fagus sylvatica L.) at a mountainous forest site in the Bayerischer Wald National Park using repeated digital photographs. Analyses of the time series of greenness by a novel Bayesian multiple change point approach mostly revealed five change points which almost perfectly matched the expected break points in leaf development: (i) start of the first greening between day of the year (DOY) 108–119 (mean 113), (ii) end of greening, and (iii) visible frost damage after the frost on the night of May 3rd/4th (DOY 123/124), (iv) re-sprouting 19–38 days after the frost, and (v) full maturity around DOY 178 (166–184) when all beech crowns had fully recovered. Since frost damage was nearly 100%, individual susceptibility did not depend on the timing of first spring leaf unfolding. However, we could identify significant patterns in fitness linked to an earlier start of leaf unfolding. Those individuals that had an earlier start of greening during the first flushing period had a shorter period of recovery and started the second greening earlier. Thus, phenological timing triggered the speed of recovery from such an extreme event. The maximum greenness achieved, however, did not vary with leaf unfolding dates. Two mountain ashes (Sorbus aucuparia L.) were not affected by the low temperatures of -5°C. Time series analysis of webcam pictures can thus improve process-based knowledge and provide valuable insights into the link between phenological variation, late spring frost damage, and recovery within one stand. PMID:25759707

  20. Atlas of reflectance spectra of terrestrial, lunar and meteoritic powders and frosts from 92 to 1800 nm

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    Wagner, Jeffrey; Hapke, Bruce; Wells, Eddie

    1987-01-01

    The reflectance spectra of powdered samples of selected minerals, meteorites, lunar materials and frosts are presented as an aid in the interpretation of present and future remote sensing data of solar system objects. Spectra obtained in separate wavelength regions have been combined and normalized, yielding coverage from 92 to 1800 nm. Spectral features include reflectance maxima in the far UV region produced by valence-conduction interband transitions, and reflectance minima in the near UV, visible and near IR regions, produced by charge transfer and crystal field transitions. Specific maxima and minima are diagnostic of mineral type and composition; additionally, the minerals present in mixtures such as meteorites and lunar samples can be determined.

  1. Mapping Frost-Sensitive Areas with a Three-Dimensional Local-Scale Numerical Model. Pad II: Comparison with Observations.

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    Avissar, R.; Mahrer, Y.

    1988-04-01

    A three-dimensional numerical model was developed to predict the microclimate near the ground surface of local-scale domains during radiative frost events. Its performances are compared with an observational topo-climatological survey of minimum temperatures at a height of 0.5 m above the soil surface which was carried out, during radiative float events, in the Hefer Valley, Israel. Considering only topography and soil type in the numerical simulation, relatively good agreement is obtained between predicted and observed minimum temperature. A more realistic picture is given when vegetation is incorporated in the model although larger discrepancies with observations are obtained. This is mainly explained by the fact that measurements were always carried out above bare surfaces, even when dense vegetation was present and, therefore do not provide a representative minimum temperature of many areas. This assumption is validated by field measurements of nighttime temperatures in an orchard and above a bare soil in its immediate vicinity.

  2. Lidar observations of Arctic polar stratospheric clouds, 1988 - Signature of small, solid particles above the frost point

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    Poole, L. R.; Osborn, M. T.; Hunt, W. H.

    1988-01-01

    The paper presents recent (January 1988) Arctic airborne lidar data which suggest that Type I polar stratospheric clouds (PSCs) are composed of small solid particles with radii on the order of 0.5 micron. PSCs were observed remotely in the 21-24 km altitude range north of Greenland during a round-trip flight from Andenes, Norway on January 29, 1988, aboard the NASA Wallops Flight Facility P-3 Orion aircraft. Synoptic analyses at the 30-mb level show local temperatures of 191-193 K, which are well above the estimated frost point temperature of 185 K; this suggests that the PSCs were probably of the binary HNO3-H2O (Type I) class.

  3. Transgenic barley lines prove the involvement of TaCBF14 and TaCBF15 in the cold acclimation process and in frost tolerance.

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    Soltsz, Alexandra; Smedley, Mark; Vashegyi, Ildik; Galiba, Gbor; Harwood, Wendy; Vgjfalvi, Attila

    2013-04-01

    The enhancement of winter hardiness is one of the most important tasks facing breeders of winter cereals. For this reason, the examination of those regulatory genes involved in the cold acclimation processes is of central importance. The aim of the present work was the functional analysis of two wheat CBF transcription factors, namely TaCBF14 and TaCBF15, shown by previous experiments to play a role in the development of frost tolerance. These genes were isolated from winter wheat and then transformed into spring barley, after which the effect of the transgenes on low temperature stress tolerance was examined. Two different types of frost tests were applied; plants were hardened at low temperature before freezing, or plants were subjected to frost without a hardening period. The analysis showed that TaCBF14 and TaCBF15 transgenes improve the frost tolerance to such an extent that the transgenic lines were able to survive freezing temperatures several degrees lower than that which proved lethal for the wild-type spring barley. After freezing, lower ion leakage was measured in transgenic leaves, showing that these plants were less damaged by the frost. Additionally, a higher Fv/Fm parameter was determined, indicating that photosystem II worked more efficiently in the transgenics. Gene expression studies showed that HvCOR14b, HvDHN5, and HvDHN8 genes were up-regulated by TaCBF14 and TaCBF15. Beyond that, transgenic lines exhibited moderate retarded development, slower growth, and minor late flowering compared with the wild type, with enhanced transcript level of the gibberellin catabolic HvGA2ox5 gene. PMID:23567863

  4. Transgenic barley lines prove the involvement of TaCBF14 and TaCBF15 in the cold acclimation process and in frost tolerance

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    Soltsz, Alexandra; Smedley, Mark; Vashegyi, Ildik; Galiba, Gbor; Harwood, Wendy; Vgjfalvi, Attila

    2013-01-01

    The enhancement of winter hardiness is one of the most important tasks facing breeders of winter cereals. For this reason, the examination of those regulatory genes involved in the cold acclimation processes is of central importance. The aim of the present work was the functional analysis of two wheat CBF transcription factors, namely TaCBF14 and TaCBF15, shown by previous experiments to play a role in the development of frost tolerance. These genes were isolated from winter wheat and then transformed into spring barley, after which the effect of the transgenes on low temperature stress tolerance was examined. Two different types of frost tests were applied; plants were hardened at low temperature before freezing, or plants were subjected to frost without a hardening period. The analysis showed that TaCBF14 and TaCBF15 transgenes improve the frost tolerance to such an extent that the transgenic lines were able to survive freezing temperatures several degrees lower than that which proved lethal for the wild-type spring barley. After freezing, lower ion leakage was measured in transgenic leaves, showing that these plants were less damaged by the frost. Additionally, a higher Fv/Fm parameter was determined, indicating that photosystem II worked more efficiently in the transgenics. Gene expression studies showed that HvCOR14b, HvDHN5, and HvDHN8 genes were up-regulated by TaCBF14 and TaCBF15. Beyond that, transgenic lines exhibited moderate retarded development, slower growth, and minor late flowering compared with the wild type, with enhanced transcript level of the gibberellin catabolic HvGA2ox5 gene. PMID:23567863

  5. A next generation sequencing of Arctic bacteria in snow and frost flowers: identification, abundance and freezing nucleation

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    Mortazavi, R.; Attiya, S.; Ariya, P. A.

    2014-12-01

    During the spring of 2009, as part of the Ocean-Atmosphere-Sea Ice-Snowpack (OASIS) campaign in Barrow, Alaska, USA, we examined the identity, population, freezing nucleation ability of the microbial communities of five different snow types and frost flowers. In addition to the conventional culture-based PCR identification approach, we deployed a state-of-the-art genomic Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technique to examine diverse bacterial communities in Arctic samples. 11-18 known phyla or candidate divisions were identified with the great majority of sequences (12.3-83.1%) belonging to one of the five major phyla: Proteobacteria, Actinobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Firmicutes and Cyanobacteria. At the genus level, 101-245 different genera were detected. The highest number of cultivable bacteria in cultured samples was observed in frost flowers (FF) and accumulated snow (AS) with 325 ± 35 and 314 ± 142 CFU mL-1, respectively; and for cultivable fungi 5 ± 1 CFU mL-1 in windpack (WP) and blowing snow (BS). Complementary morphology and ice-nucleating abilities of the identified taxa were obtained using high resolution electron microscopy and ice nucleation cold-plate, respectively. Freezing point temperatures for bacterial isolate ranged from -20.3 ± 1.5 to -15.7 ± 5.6 °C, and for melted samples from 9.5 ± 1.0 to 18.4 ± 0.1 °C. An isolate belonging to the Bacillus species (96% similarity) had ice nucleation activity of -6.8 ± 0.2 °C. Comparison with Montreal urban snow, revealed a seemingly diverse community of bacteria exists in the Arctic with many originating from distinct ecological environments, and we discuss the potential impact of microbial snow in the freezing and melting process of the snowpack in the Arctic.

  6. Ozone layer

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    Mintzer, I.M.; Miller, A.S.

    1987-12-01

    Governments around the world will soon make decisions on policies that could determine the fate of the ozone layer-the Earth's shield from harmful ultraviolet radiation. The Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, signed on March 22, 1985, created a framework for scientific cooperation and information exchange that will form the basis for a protocol for controlling substances thought to threaten the ozone layer. As of mid-1987, 29 countries had signed the Convention, including the major producers and users of chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), the most important of suspect chemicals.

  7. Spallanzani Layers

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    2006-01-01

    31 March 2006 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a layered, light-toned mesa among other layered materials exposed in a mound that covers much of the floor of Spallanzani Crater.

    Location near: 58.3oS, 273.9oW Image width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Summer

  8. Boundary layer simulator improvement

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    Praharaj, S. C.; Schmitz, C.; Frost, C.; Engel, C. D.; Fuller, C. E.; Bender, R. L.; Pond, J.

    1984-01-01

    High chamber pressure expander cycles proposed for orbit transfer vehicles depend primarily on the heat energy transmitted from the combustion products through the thrust wall chamber wall. The heat transfer to the nozzle wall is affected by such variables as wall roughness, relamarization, and the presence of particles in the flow. Motor performance loss for these nozzles with thick boundary layers is inaccurate using the existing procedure coded BLIMPJ. Modifications and innovations to the code are examined. Updated routines are listed.

  9. Epidemiologic programs for computers and calculators. Simple algorithms for the representation of deterministic and stochastic versions of the Reed-Frost epidemic model using a programmable calculator.

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    Franco, E L; Simons, A R

    1986-05-01

    Two programs are described for the emulation of the dynamics of Reed-Frost progressive epidemics in a handheld programmable calculator (HP-41C series). The programs provide a complete record of cases, susceptibles, and immunes at each epidemic period using either the deterministic formulation or the trough analogue of the mechanical model for the stochastic version. Both programs can compute epidemics that include a constant rate of influx or outflux of susceptibles and single or double infectivity time periods. PMID:3962973

  10. A GIS analysis of the relationship between sinkholes, dry-well complaints and groundwater pumping for frost-freeze protection of winter strawberry production in Florida.

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    Aurit, Mark D; Peterson, Robert O; Blanford, Justine I

    2013-01-01

    Florida is riddled with sinkholes due to its karst topography. Sometimes these sinkholes can cause extensive damage to infrastructure and homes. It has been suggested that agricultural practices, such as sprinkler irrigation methods used to protect crops, can increase the development of sinkholes, particularly when temperatures drop below freezing, causing groundwater levels to drop quickly during groundwater pumping. In the strawberry growing region, Dover/Plant City, Florida, the effects have caused water shortages resulting in dry-wells and ground subsidence through the development of sinkholes that can be costly to maintain and repair. In this study, we look at how frost-freeze events have affected West Central Florida over the past 25 years with detailed comparisons made between two cold-years (with severe frost-freeze events) and a warm year (no frost-freeze events). We analyzed the spatial and temporal correlation between strawberry farming freeze protection practices and the development of sinkholes/dry well complaints, and assessed the economic impact of such events from a water management perspective by evaluating the cost of repairing and drilling new wells and how these compared with using alternative crop-protection methods. We found that the spatial distribution of sinkholes was non-random during both frost-freeze events. A strong correlation between sinkhole occurrence and water extraction and minimum temperatures was found. Furthermore as temperatures fall below 41°F and water levels decrease by more than 20 ft, the number of sinkholes increase greatly (N >10). At this time alternative protection methods such as freeze-cloth are cost prohibitive in comparison to repairing dry wells. In conclusion, the findings from this study are applicable in other agricultural areas and can be used to develop comprehensive water management plans in areas where the abstraction of large quantities of water occur. PMID:23326518

  11. Breeding for the future: what are the potential impacts of future frost and heat events on sowing and flowering time requirements for Australian bread wheat (Triticum aestivium) varieties?

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    Zheng, Bangyou; Chenu, Karine; Fernanda Dreccer, M; Chapman, Scott C

    2012-09-01

    Extreme climate, especially temperature, can severely reduce wheat yield. As global warming has already begun to increase mean temperature and the occurrence of extreme temperatures, it has become urgent to accelerate the 5-20 year process of breeding for new wheat varieties, to adapt to future climate. We analyzed the patterns of frost and heat events across the Australian wheatbelt based on 50 years of historical records (1960-2009) for 2864 weather stations. Flowering dates of three contrasting-maturity wheat varieties were simulated for a wide range of sowing dates in 22 locations for 'current' climate (1960-2009) and eight future scenarios (high and low CO2 emission, dry and wet precipitation scenarios, in 2030 and 2050). The results highlighted the substantial spatial variability of frost and heat events across the Australian wheatbelt in current and future climates. As both 'last frost' and 'first heat' events would occur earlier in the season, the 'target' sowing and flowering windows (defined as risk less than 10% for frost (<0 °C) and less than 30% for heat (>35 °C) around flowering) would be shifted earlier by up to 2 and 1 month(s), respectively, in 2050. A short-season variety would require a shift in target sowing window 2-fold greater than long- and medium-season varieties by 2050 (8 vs. 4 days on average across locations and scenarios, respectively), but would suffer a lesser decrease in the length of the vegetative period (4 vs. 7 days). Overall, warmer winters would shorten the wheat season by up to 6 weeks, especially during preflowering. This faster crop cycle is associated with a reduced time for resource acquisition, and potential yield loss. As far as favourable rain and modern equipment would allow, early sowing and longer season varieties (i.e. in current climate) would be the best strategies to adapt to future climates. PMID:24501066

  12. A GIS Analysis of the Relationship between Sinkholes, Dry-Well Complaints and Groundwater Pumping for Frost-Freeze Protection of Winter Strawberry Production in Florida

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    Aurit, Mark D.; Peterson, Robert O.; Blanford, Justine I.

    2013-01-01

    Florida is riddled with sinkholes due to its karst topography. Sometimes these sinkholes can cause extensive damage to infrastructure and homes. It has been suggested that agricultural practices, such as sprinkler irrigation methods used to protect crops, can increase the development of sinkholes, particularly when temperatures drop below freezing, causing groundwater levels to drop quickly during groundwater pumping. In the strawberry growing region, Dover/Plant City, Florida, the effects have caused water shortages resulting in dry- wells and ground subsidence through the development of sinkholes that can be costly to maintain and repair. In this study, we look at how frost-freeze events have affected West Central Florida over the past 25 years with detailed comparisons made between two cold-years (with severe frost-freeze events) and a warm year (no frost-freeze events). We analyzed the spatial and temporal correlation between strawberry farming freeze protection practices and the development of sinkholes/dry well complaints, and assessed the economic impact of such events from a water management perspective by evaluating the cost of repairing and drilling new wells and how these compared with using alternative crop-protection methods. We found that the spatial distribution of sinkholes was non-random during both frost-freeze events. A strong correlation between sinkhole occurrence and water extraction and minimum temperatures was found. Furthermore as temperatures fall below 41F and water levels decrease by more than 20 ft, the number of sinkholes increase greatly (N >10). At this time alternative protection methods such as freeze-cloth are cost prohibitive in comparison to repairing dry wells. In conclusion, the findings from this study are applicable in other agricultural areas and can be used to develop comprehensive water management plans in areas where the abstraction of large quantities of water occur. PMID:23326518

  13. Association analysis of frost tolerance in rye using candidate genes and phenotypic data from controlled, semi-controlled, and field phenotyping platforms

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    2011-01-01

    Background Frost is an important abiotic stress that limits cereal production in the temperate zone. As the most frost tolerant small grain cereal, rye (Secale cereale L.) is an ideal cereal model for investigating the genetic basis of frost tolerance (FT), a complex trait with polygenic inheritance. Using 201 genotypes from five Eastern and Middle European winter rye populations, this study reports a multi-platform candidate gene-based association analysis in rye using 161 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and nine insertion-deletion (Indel) polymorphisms previously identified from twelve candidate genes with a putative role in the frost responsive network. Results Phenotypic data analyses of FT in three different phenotyping platforms, controlled, semi-controlled and field, revealed significant genetic variations in the plant material under study. Statistically significant (P < 0.05) associations between FT and SNPs/haplotypes of candidate genes were identified. Two SNPs in ScCbf15 and one in ScCbf12, all leading to amino acid exchanges, were significantly associated with FT over all three phenotyping platforms. Distribution of SNP effect sizes expressed as percentage of the genetic variance explained by individual SNPs was highly skewed towards zero with a few SNPs obtaining large effects. Two-way epistasis was found between 14 pairs of candidate genes. Relatively low to medium empirical correlations of SNP-FT associations were observed across the three platforms underlining the need for multi-level experimentation for dissecting complex associations between genotypes and FT in rye. Conclusions Candidate gene based-association studies are a powerful tool for investigating the genetic basis of FT in rye. Results of this study support the findings of bi-parental linkage mapping and expression studies that the Cbf gene family plays an essential role in FT. PMID:22032693

  14. Far-UV, visible, and near-IR reflectance spectra of frosts of H2O, CO2, NH3 and SO2

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    Hapke, B.; Wells, E.; Wagner, J.; Partlow, W.

    1981-01-01

    Measurements in the 0.1-2.5 micron range are presented for the reflectance spectra of the frosts of several volatiles pertinent to the study of comet nuclei. The frost spectra have distinctive features permitting their identification by spectroscopic reflectance remote sensing, notably in the far UV. It is found that: (1) H2O has a minimum at 0.16 microns and a maximum at 0.13 microns; (2) CO2 has minima near 0.21, 0.18 and 0.125 microns, with maxima at 0.19, 0.135 and 0.120 microns; (3) NH3 is bright at wavelengths longer than 0.21 microns, where reflectance drops to a value of only a few per cent at shorter wavelengths; (4) SO2 has a sharp drop at 0.32 microns, with a minimum at 0.18 microns and a maximum at 0.13 microns. The features in the frost spectra largely correspond to absorption line bands in the gas phase.

  15. Impacts of a water stress followed by an early frost event on beech (Fagus sylvatica L.) susceptibility to Scolytine ambrosia beetles - Research strategy and first results

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    La Spina, Sylvie; de Cannire, Charles; Molenberg, Jean-Marc; Vincke, Caroline; Deman, Dborah; Grgoire, Jean-Claude

    2010-05-01

    Climate change tends to induce more frequent abiotic and biotic extreme events, having large impacts on tree vitality. Weakened trees are then more susceptible to secondary insect outbreaks, as it happened in Belgium in the early 2000s: after an early frost event, secondary Scolytine ambrosia beetles attacks were observed on beech trees. In this study, we test if a combination of stress, i.e. a soil water deficit preceding an early frost, could render trees more attractive to beetles. An experimental study was set in autumn 2008. Two parcels of a beech forest were covered with plastic tents to induce a water stress by rain interception. The parcels were surrounded by 2-meters depth trenches to avoid water supply by streaming. Soil water content and different indicators of tree water use (sap flow, predawn leaf water potential, tree radial growth) were followed. In autumn 2010, artificial frost injuries will be inflicted to trees using dry ice. Trees attractivity for Scolytine insects, and the success of insect colonization will then be studied. The poster will focus on experiment setting and first results (impacts of soil water deficit on trees).

  16. Polar Layers in False Color

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    2005-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site]

    The theme for the weeks of 1/17 and 1/24 is the north polar region of Mars as seen in false color THEMIS images. Ice/frost will typically appear as bright blue in color; dust mantled ice will appear in tones of red/orange.

    This image again illustrates the oranger/bluer nature of the polar layers.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude 80.6, Longitude 70.2 East (289.8 West). 40 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  17. Elevated bacterial abundance and exopolymers in saline frost flowers and implications for atmospheric chemistry and microbial dispersal

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    Bowman, J. S.; Deming, J. W.

    2010-07-01

    Frost flowers (FF) have been studied for their potential influence on ice-surface reflectivity and roles in atmospheric chemistry, but not as microbial habitats. We examined FF grown in a freezer laboratory from a bacteria-containing saline solution and FF formed naturally in the coastal (April) and central Arctic Ocean (September). All FF contained bacteria (up to 3.46 106 ml-1 in natural FF) with densities 3-6-fold higher than in underlying ice. Bacterial abundance correlated strongly with salinity in FF (p values ? 0.001), a correlation that held for all components of the surface-ice environment (p < 0.0001, coastal samples). Concentrations of extracellular polysaccharides were also elevated in FF and brine skim relative to underlying ice (up to 74-fold higher). Here we consider implications of finding microbes and exopolymers within the chemically reactive surface-ice environment to the photolytic production of oxidants and long-range transport of potential ice-nucleating particles in the atmosphere.

  18. CFD Assessment of Forward Booster Separation Motor Ignition Overpressure on ET XT 718 Ice/Frost Ramp

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    Tejnil, Edward; Rogers, Stuart E.

    2012-01-01

    Computational fluid dynamics assessment of the forward booster separation motor ignition over-pressure was performed on the space shuttle external tank X(sub T) 718 ice/frost ramp using the flow solver OVERFLOW. The main objective of this study was the investigation of the over-pressure during solid rocket booster separation and its affect on the local pressure and air-load environments. Delta pressure and plume impingement were investigated as a possible contributing factor to the cause of the debris loss on shuttle missions STS-125 and STS-127. A simplified computational model of the Space Shuttle Launch Vehicle was developed consisting of just the external tank and the solid rocket boosters with separation motor nozzles and plumes. The simplified model was validated by comparison to full fidelity computational model of the Space Shuttle without the separation motors. Quasi steady-state plume solutions were used to calibrate the thrust of the separation motors. Time-accurate simulations of the firing of the booster-separation motors were performed. Parametric studies of the time-step size and the number of sub-iterations were used to find the best converged solution. The computed solutions were compared to previous OVERFLOW steady-state runs of the separation motors with reaction control system jets and to ground test data. The results indicated that delta pressure from the overpressure was small and within design limits, and thus was unlikely to have contributed to the foam losses.

  19. Polarization Observables for Double-Pion Photoproduction using a Linearly Polarized Photon Beam and a Transversely Polarized Target from FROST

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    Roy, P.; Crede, V.

    2014-03-01

    One of the prominent ways to understand quark-gluon interactions in baryons in the low-energy regime is studying the baryon spectrum. The present world database of baryon resonances is inadequate to interpret the spectrum in terms of the relevant degrees of freedom. Double-pion photoproduction, which dominates the total photoabsorption cross section above 1.7 GeV, serves as an important reaction to get access to the higher mass resonances. Cross sections and polarization observables for the double-pion reaction will provide information about the scattering amplitudes and assist in isolating the resonant contributions to the reaction. Here we report on the analysis technique and preliminary results on polarization observables obtained from the study of ?+?- photoproduction using a transversely polarized FROzen Spin butanol Target (FROST) and a linearly polarized photon beam. The experiment was conducted at Jefferson Lab using the CLAS spectrometer. The coherent edge of the linearly polarized beam ranged from 0.9 to 2.1 GeV and we were able to bin the data in 3 kinematic variables. A salient feature of this analysis was the use of an event-based quality factor technique to separate signal from background that originated from bound nucleons present in the target. This work is supported by DOE # DE-FG02-92ER40735.

  20. Digital image sensor-based assessment of the status of oat (Avena sativa L.) crops after frost damage.

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    Macedo-Cruz, Antonia; Pajares, Gonzalo; Santos, Matilde; Villegas-Romero, Isidro

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to classify the land covered with oat crops, and the quantification of frost damage on oats, while plants are still in the flowering stage. The images are taken by a digital colour camera CCD-based sensor. Unsupervised classification methods are applied because the plants present different spectral signatures, depending on two main factors: illumination and the affected state. The colour space used in this application is CIELab, based on the decomposition of the colour in three channels, because it is the closest to human colour perception. The histogram of each channel is successively split into regions by thresholding. The best threshold to be applied is automatically obtained as a combination of three thresholding strategies: (a) Otsu's method, (b) Isodata algorithm, and (c) Fuzzy thresholding. The fusion of these automatic thresholding techniques and the design of the classification strategy are some of the main findings of the paper, which allows an estimation of the damages and a prediction of the oat production. PMID:22163940

  1. Digital Image Sensor-Based Assessment of the Status of Oat (Avena sativa L.) Crops after Frost Damage

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    Macedo-Cruz, Antonia; Pajares, Gonzalo; Santos, Matilde; Villegas-Romero, Isidro

    2011-01-01

    The aim of this paper is to classify the land covered with oat crops, and the quantification of frost damage on oats, while plants are still in the flowering stage. The images are taken by a digital colour camera CCD-based sensor. Unsupervised classification methods are applied because the plants present different spectral signatures, depending on two main factors: illumination and the affected state. The colour space used in this application is CIELab, based on the decomposition of the colour in three channels, because it is the closest to human colour perception. The histogram of each channel is successively split into regions by thresholding. The best threshold to be applied is automatically obtained as a combination of three thresholding strategies: (a) Otsus method, (b) Isodata algorithm, and (c) Fuzzy thresholding. The fusion of these automatic thresholding techniques and the design of the classification strategy are some of the main findings of the paper, which allows an estimation of the damages and a prediction of the oat production. PMID:22163940

  2. Larval feeding behavior and ant association in frosted elfin, Callophrys irus (Lycaenidae)

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    Albanese, G.; Nelson, M.W.; Vickery, P.D.; Sievert, P.R.

    2007-01-01

    Callophrys irus is a rare and declining lycaenid found in the eastern U.S., inhabiting xeric and open habitats maintained by disturbance. Populations are localized and monophagous. We document a previously undescribed larval feeding behavior in both field and lab reared larvae in which late instar larvae girdled the main stem of the host plant. Girdled stems provide a unique feeding sign that was useful in detecting the presence of larvae in the field. We also observed frequent association of field larvae with several species of ants and provide a list of ant species. We suggest two hypotheses on the potential benefits of stem-girdling to C. irus larvae: 1) Stem girdling provides phloem sap as a larval food source and increases the leaf nutrient concentration, increasing larval growth rates and providing high quality honeydew for attending ants; 2) Stem girdling reduces stem toxicity by inhibiting transport of toxins from roots to the stem.

  3. Application of Satellite SAR Imagery in Mapping the Active Layer of Arctic Permafrost

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    Li, Shu-Sun; Romanovsky, V.; Lovick, Joe; Wang, Z.; Peterson, Rorik

    2003-01-01

    A method of mapping the active layer of Arctic permafrost using a combination of conventional synthetic aperture radar (SAR) backscatter and more sophisticated interferometric SAR (INSAR) techniques is proposed. The proposed research is based on the sensitivity of radar backscatter to the freeze and thaw status of the surface soil, and the sensitivity of INSAR techniques to centimeter- to sub-centimeter-level surface differential deformation. The former capability of SAR is investigated for deriving the timing and duration of the thaw period for surface soil of the active layer over permafrost. The latter is investigated for the feasibility of quantitative measurement of frost heaving and thaw settlement of the active layer during the freezing and thawing processes. The resulting knowledge contributes to remote sensing mapping of the active layer dynamics and Arctic land surface hydrology.

  4. Ice Lens Formation and Frost Heave at the Phoenix Landing Site

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    Zent, A. P.; Sizemore, H. G.; Remple, A. W.

    2011-01-01

    Several lines of evidence indicate that the volume of shallow ground ice in the martian high latitudes exceeds the pore volume of the host regolith. Boynton et al. found an optimal fit to the Mars Odyssey Gamma Ray Spectrometer (GRS) data at the Phoenix landing site by modeling a buried layer of 50-75% ice by mass (up to 90% ice by volume). Thermal and optical observations of recent impact craters in the northern hemisphere have revealed nearly pure ice. Ice deposits containing only 1-2% soil by volume were excavated by Phoenix. The leading hypothesis for the origin of this excess ice is that it developed in situ by a mechanism analogous to the formation of terrestrial ice lenses and needle ice. Problematically, terrestrial soil-ice segregation is driven by freeze/thaw cycling and the movement of bulk water, neither of which are expected to have occurred in the geologically recent past on Mars. If however ice lens formation is possible at temperatures less than 273 K, there are possible implications for the habitability of Mars permafrost, since the same thin films of unfrozen water that lead to ice segregation are used by terrestrial psychrophiles to metabolize and grow down to temperatures of at least 258 K.

  5. Frost weathering versus glacial grinding in the micromorphology of quartz sand grains: Processes and geological implications

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    Woronko, Barbara

    2016-04-01

    Micromorphology of quartz sand grains is used to reconstruct processes occurring in the glacial environment and to distinguish the latter from other environments. Two processes dominate in the glacial environment, i.e., crushing and abrasion, or a combination thereof. Their effect is a wide range of microstructures on the surface of quartz grains, e.g., chattermarks, conchoidal fractures and multiple grooves. However, the periglacial environment also effectively modifies the surface of quartz grains. The active layer of permafrost is considered to have a significantly higher contribution to the formation of crushed grains and the number of microstructures resulting from mechanical destruction (e.g., breakage blocks or conchoidal fractures), as compared to deposits which are not affected by freeze-thaw cycles. However, only a few microstructures are found in both environments. At the same time, there are several processes in subglacial environments related to freeze-thaw cycles, e.g., regelation, congelation, basal adfreezing, and glaciohydraulic supercooling. Most likely, therefore, the role of the glacial environment in the destruction of quartz grains has been misinterpreted, and consequently the conclusions regarding environmental processes drawn on the basis of the number of crushed grains and edge-to-edge contacts are erroneous.

  6. Polar Layers

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    2005-01-01

    12 August 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows a slope upon which are exposed some of the layered materials that underlie the south polar cap of Mars. The layers are generally considered to be sediments--perhaps dust--that may have been cemented by water ice.

    Location near: 84.1oS, 343.9oW Image width: width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Spring

  7. Polar Layers

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    2006-01-01

    6 January 2006 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows layered material exposed on a slope in the south polar region of Mars. The composition of the layers, and whether they contain ice, is not known.

    Location near: 87.0oS, 176.1oW Image width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Summer

  8. Polar Layers

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    2006-01-01

    9 April 2006 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows an eroded stack of layered material in a crater of the south polar region of Mars. The composition of the layers is not known; some speculate that they may contain a combination of dust and ice, or possibly ancient sedimentary rock.

    Location near: 80.6oS, 230.4oW Image width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Summer

  9. Effect of soil frost on growing season nitrogen uptake by fine roots of mature trees in northern hardwood forests of the United States

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    Socci, A. M.; Templer, P. H.

    2010-12-01

    Forests of the northeastern United States are predicted to experience a decrease in the depth and duration of the winter snowpack over the next 100 years. Even when coupled with warmer winter air temperatures, the absence of snow as insulation can increase soil frost during the winter months. Past research has determined that there are species-level effects of soil frost on dominant forest trees. For example, in stands dominated by sugar maple (Acer saccharum), induced soil frost led to increased fine root mortality and soil nitrate leaching. Soil frost also increased fine root mortality in stands dominated by yellow birch (Betula allegheniensis), but there was no significant change in leaching of soil nitrate. We hypothesized that greater nitrogen (N) losses from stands dominated by sugar maple may be due to reduced N uptake by fine roots of this tree species. To determine the impact of increased soil freezing on fine root uptake of N, we established a snow manipulation experiment in mixed sugar maple/American beech (Fagus grandifolia) forests at the Hubbard Brook Experimental Forest in New Hampshire (n=4 paired snow-removal and reference plots; each 13m X 13m). Snow removal occurred during the first six weeks of winter over two years. During each growing season following snow removal, we used the N depletion technique to measure in situ rates of uptake of ammonium and nitrate by fine roots of sugar maple during the early, peak and late growing season. Among all sampling dates and plots, we observed significantly lower uptake of N as nitrate compared to ammonium. During the first growing season, at moderate ammonium availability (35 μM N) we observed significantly less uptake of ammonium by fine roots of sugar maple in the snow removal plots relative to the reference plots during the early growing season (April-May), with no significant differences in uptake of ammonium during the peak (July) and late (September) growing season. We observed no differences in uptake of ammonium among the snow removal and references plots at higher ammonium availability (200 μM N), nor nitrate at either concentration throughout the growing season. Results of our study suggest that the observed increase in N losses following periods of soil frost could be due to a decrease in N uptake by fine roots of mature trees, especially in the early growing season. Our study shows the effects of vegetation responses to climate change on ecosystem nitrogen cycling.

  10. Regional Climate Change Influences Frequency of Frost Damage via Changes in Phenology: Effects of the North Pacific Oscillation (Pacific Decadal Oscillation) on Rocky Mountain Wildflowers

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    Inouye, D. W.

    2004-12-01

    There is a significant correlation (P = .049) between the state of the North Pacific Oscillation (Pacific Decadal Oscillation) and the amount of winter snowfall at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory (2,800m in the Colorado Rocky Mountains). The 1998 change of this inter-decadal mode of variability of the north Pacific atmosphere system to a dry phase has resulted in decreased snowpack, reversing a trend for increasing snowfall since the previous phase change in 1976. The seasonal timing (phenology) of plant growth and flowering at high altitudes is determined almost entirely by the timing of spring snowmelt, even for species that flower at the end of the season, and the decreased snowpack since 1998 combined with warming air temperatures has resulted in significantly earlier initiation of the growing season and subsequent flowering. Flowering in 2002, for example, was the earliest recorded during my 31-year study, and probably the earliest since at least 1935. Frost (with temperatures as low as -6 or -7ºC) is still likely to occur as late as mid-June, however, and a consequence of the earlier beginning of the growing season is that many species have developed sensitive flower buds or other tissues by mid-June that are likely to be killed by frost. From 1994-1998 the average percentage of flower buds of Helianthella quinquenervis (Asteraceae; aspen sunflower) killed by frost was 26 percent(range 0-81), but since the 1998 NPO phase change a mean of 75 percent of flower buds have been killed (range 0-100; over 90 percent for each of the past four years). The loss of flowers from these frosts has consequences for plant demography (fewer seeds results in fewer seedlings), pollinators (which have fewer floral resources), seed predators (e.g., tephritid flies), and parasitoids (e.g., wasps, which have fewer seed predators to parasitize). A suite of wildflower species whose flowering abundance is positively correlated with the amount of winter snowfall has also produced fewer flowers since 1998, potentially exacerbating the effects of frost. Thus this regional climate event appears to be having ecosystem-wide consequences in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Given the 50-75 year cycle length of the NPO, this area may be at the beginning of a decades-long change in snowfall that will reinforce the effects of global climate warming and result in significant ecosystem responses.

  11. Layered materials

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    Johnson, David; Clarke, Simon; Wiley, John; Koumoto, Kunihito

    2014-06-01

    Layered compounds, materials with a large anisotropy to their bonding, electrical and/or magnetic properties, have been important in the development of solid state chemistry, physics and engineering applications. Layered materials were the initial test bed where chemists developed intercalation chemistry that evolved into the field of topochemical reactions where researchers are able to perform sequential steps to arrive at kinetically stable products that cannot be directly prepared by other approaches. Physicists have used layered compounds to discover and understand novel phenomena made more apparent through reduced dimensionality. The discovery of charge and spin density waves and more recently the remarkable discovery in condensed matter physics of the two-dimensional topological insulating state were discovered in two-dimensional materials. The understanding developed in two-dimensional materials enabled subsequent extension of these and other phenomena into three-dimensional materials. Layered compounds have also been used in many technologies as engineers and scientists used their unique properties to solve challenging technical problems (low temperature ion conduction for batteries, easy shear planes for lubrication in vacuum, edge decorated catalyst sites for catalytic removal of sulfur from oil, etc). The articles that are published in this issue provide an excellent overview of the spectrum of activities that are being pursued, as well as an introduction to some of the most established achievements in the field. Clusters of papers discussing thermoelectric properties, electronic structure and transport properties, growth of single two-dimensional layers, intercalation and more extensive topochemical reactions and the interleaving of two structures to form new materials highlight the breadth of current research in this area. These papers will hopefully serve as a useful guideline for the interested reader to different important aspects in this field and an overview of current areas of research interest.

  12. Genesis and geometry of the Meiklejohn Peak lime mud-mound, Bare Mountain Quadrangle, Nevada, USA: Ordovician limestone with submarine frost heave structures—a possible response to gas clathrate hydrate evolution

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    Krause, Federico F.

    2001-12-01

    During the Early Middle Ordovician (Early Whiterockian) the Meiklejohn Peak lime mud-mound, a large whaleback or dolphin back dome, grew on a carbonate ramp tens to hundreds of kilometres offshore. This ramp extended from the northwest margin of Laurentia into the open waters of the ancestral Pacific Ocean to the north. The mound developed in an outer ramp environment, in relatively deep and cold water. A steep northern margin with a slope that exceeds 55° characterizes the mound. This margin is split by a 14-m long vertical fracture that separates a zone of slumped, drag-folded and brecciated rocks from the main mass of the mound. Failure along this fracture occurred subcutaneously, as highlighted by covering beds that are folded next to the mound. Brecciated blocks and clasts contain zebra and stromatactis structures indicating that these rocks and structures were lithified early in the history of the mound. The southern end of the mound is less steep and is characterized by large, echinodermal grainstone cross-beds. These deposits are part of a large, subaqueous dune that grew northwards and preceded the main development of the mound. Southward dipping and downlapping layers of mud-mound mudstone and wackestone overlie the dune. These muddy limestone layers are cut in several places by injection dykes and are pierced, near the contact with the underlying dune, by a 25-m long pipe filled with rotated nodular and brecciated mud-mound clasts. This long pipe extends to the edge of the mound and appears to have been a conduit where fluidized materials that came from the mound's interior were vented. The interior of the mound is typified by light grey limestone with zebra bands and stromatactis structures. Both structures represent former cavity systems that are filled with fibrous and bladed calcite and pelleted and laminated geopetal mudstone. Spar bands of zebra limestone often extend for several metres and appear to have been unsupported over these distances. Zebra banded rocks are also accompanied by snout and socket structures and, in some instances, are folded and sheared by curving kink bands. Zebra and stromatactis limestone structures found throughout the mud-mound resemble frost heave and cryoturbation structures identified in both Holocene and Pleistocene cryosols, and in laboratory experiments with advancing freezing fronts in clay-size sediment. Significantly, modern occurrences of methane clathrate hydrate (methane-charged ice) display parallel and digitate layering similar in depositional appearance to that of zebra and stromatactis limestone from Meiklejohn Peak. Early carbonate cements are also commonly associated with these modern clathrate hydrate deposits. Consequently, gas clathrate hydrates may have been the propping agent for zebra and stromatactis structures observed in the mud-mound. In this scenario, carbonate cements would have precipitated and stabilized these structures, both with the consolidation and dissociation of gas clathrate hydrates, and with the oxidation and reduction of associated gases. Stable δ13C and δ18O isotope ratios collected from mudstone and spar of zebra and stromatactis structures indicate that they were lithified in equilibrium with Ordovician seawater. The δ13C isotope ratios recorded at Meiklejohn Peak are similar to δ13C isotopic ratios obtained from ∑CO 2 evolving from modern seafloor. These isotopic ratios may indicate that frost heave structures in the Meiklejohn Peak mud-mound are the result of consolidation and dissociation of carbon dioxide clathrate hydrates. Even though the bulk of gas clathrate hydrates identified to date in modern ocean floors are composed of methane, carbon dioxide clathrate hydrates are known from the modern seafloor of the Okinawa Trough. They may also be common in areas of abundant carbonate sediment accumulation, as suggested by recent observations from the Great Australian Bight.

  13. Greenhouse gas fluxes in a drained peatland forest during spring frost-thaw event

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    Pihlatie, M. K.; Kiese, R.; Brggemann, N.; Butterbach-Bahl, K.; Kieloaho, A.-J.; Laurila, T.; Lohila, A.; Mammarella, I.; Minkkinen, K.; Penttil, T.; Schnborn, J.; Vesala, T.

    2009-06-01

    Fluxes of greenhouse gases (GHG) carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) were measured during a two month campaign at a drained peatland forest in Finland by the eddy covariance (EC) technique (CO2 and N2O), and automatic and manual chambers (CO2, CH4 and N2O). In addition, GHG concentrations and soil parameters (mineral nitrogen, temperature, moisture content) in the peat profile were measured. The aim of the measurement campaign was to quantify the GHG fluxes before, during and after thawing of the peat soil, a time period with potentially high GHG fluxes, and to compare different flux measurement methods. The forest was a net CO2 sink during the two months and the fluxes of CO2 dominated the GHG exchange. The peat soil was a small sink of atmospheric CH4 but a small source of N2O. Both CH4 oxidation and N2O production took place in the top-soil whereas CH4 was produced in the deeper layers of the peat. During the thawing of the peat distinct peaks in CO2 and N2O emissions were observed. The CO2 peak followed tightly the increase in soil temperature, whereas the N2O peak occurred with an approx. one week delay after soil thawing. CH4 fluxes did not respond to the thawing of the peat soil. The CO2 and N2O emission peaks were not captured by the manual chambers and hence we conclude that automatic chamber measurements or EC are necessary to quantify fluxes during peak emission periods. Sub-canopy EC measurements and chamber-based fluxes of CO2 and N2O were comparable, although the fluxes of N2O measured by EC were close to the detection limit of the EC system. We conclude that if fluxes are high enough, i.e. greater than 5-10 ?g N m-2 h-1, the EC method is a good alternative to measure N2O and CO2 fluxes at ecosystem scale, thereby minimizing problems with chamber enclosures and spatial representativeness of the measurements.

  14. Subsurface plankton layers in the Arctic Ocean

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    Churnside, James H.; Marchbanks, Richard D.

    2015-06-01

    The first synoptic measurements of subsurface plankton layers were made in the western Arctic Ocean in July 2014 using airborne lidar. Layers were detected in open water and in pack ice where up to 90% of the surface was covered by ice. Layers under the ice were less prevalent, weaker, and shallower than those in open water. Layers were more prevalent in the Chukchi Sea than in the Beaufort Sea. Three quarters of the layers observed were thinner than 5 m. The presence of these layers, which are not adequately captured in satellite data, will influence primary productivity, secondary productivity, fisheries recruitment, and carbon export to the benthos.

  15. The frequency of growing season frost in the subalpine environment (Medicine Bow Mountains, southeastern Wyoming), the interaction of leaf morphology and infrared radiational cooling and the effects of freezing on native vegetation

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    Jordan, D.N.

    1995-05-01

    The subalpine environment is characterized by the possibility of frost throughout the summer. The frequency and severity of summertime frost episodes appeared particularly dependent on net losses of infrared energy to a cold night sky (radiation frost), as well as air temperature and wind speed. Longwave radiation minima from the night sky were strongly correlated with the occurrence of leaf temperature minima. Leaf temperatures were modeled using an energy balance simulation that quantified the specific effects of ambient air temperature, wind speed, sky infrared radiation, and sky exposure characteristic of this high-elevation environment. Plants growing in exposed and sheltered habitats have characteristic leaf structures (smaller, thicker leaves in more exposed locations) that have been traditionally associated with the total amount of incident sunlight. However, smaller leaves also appear adaptive for reducing the susceptibility to radiation frosts. Larger, more exposed leaves resulted in colder nocturnal leaf temperatures and greater frost frequencies. Microsite sky radiation, microtopography, plant habit and leaf structure all have important implications for estimating growing season length and plant distribution patterns, especially at higher elevations where summer frosts are common. Radiational frosts at night are typically followed by clear skies and full-sun exposure the next morning. The combination of low temperature stress followed by high light exposure can result in strong photoinhibition of photosynthesis. The morphology of a variety of conifer needles as well as of a broadleaf was modeled to evaluate the effect on incident sunlight intensity. Conifer leaf morphology was found to be particularly adaptive for avoiding high incident light conditions compared to broadleaves.

  16. Polar Layers

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    2005-01-01

    10 December 2005 This Mars Global Surveyor (MGS) Mars Orbiter Camera (MOC) image shows eroded, exposed layered materials in the south polar region of Mars. Since Mariner 9 in 1972, the polar layered materials have been assumed to be geologically recent accumulations of dust and ice, but MOC images provide no clear evidence that the materials are particularly young or composed of a specific suite of materials. They might as easily be composed of ancient, sedimentary rock.

    Location near: 80.6oS, 230.1oW Image width: width: 3 km (1.9 mi) Illumination from: upper left Season: Southern Summer

  17. Vitrification in the presence of salts

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    Marra, J.C.; Andrews, M.K.; Schumacher, R.F.

    1994-07-01

    Glass is an advantageous material for the immobilization of nuclear wastes because of the simplicity of processing and its unique ability to accept a wide variety of waste elements into its network structure. Unfortunately, some anionic species which are present in the nuclear waste streams have only limited solubility in oxide glasses. This can result in either vitrification concerns or it can affect the integrity, of the final vitrified waste form. The presence of immiscible salts can also corrode metals and refractories in the vitrification unit as well as degrade components in the off-gas system. The presence of a molten salt layer on the melt may alter the batch melting rate and increase operational safety concerns. These safety concerns relate to the interaction of the molten salt and the melter cooling fluids. Some preliminary data from ongoing experimental efforts examining the solubility of molten salts in glasses and the interaction of salts with melter component materials is included.

  18. On Multiple-Layered Vortices

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    Rossow, Vernon J.

    2011-01-01

    As part of an ongoing effort to find ways to make vortex flow fields decompose more quickly, photographs and observations are presented of vortex flow fields that indicate the presence of multiple layers of fluid rotating about a common axis. A survey of the literature indicates that multiple-layered vortices form in waterspouts, tornadoes and lift-generated vortices of aircraft. An explanation for the appearance of multiple-layered structures in vortices is suggested. The observations and data presented are intended to improve the understanding of the formation and persistence of vortex flow fields.

  19. Achieving Presence through Evoked Reality.

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    Pillai, Jayesh S; Schmidt, Colin; Richir, Simon

    2013-01-01

    The sense of "Presence" (evolving from "telepresence") has always been associated with virtual reality research and is still an exceptionally mystifying constituent. Now the study of presence clearly spans over various disciplines associated with cognition. This paper attempts to put forth a concept that argues that it's an experience of an "Evoked Reality (ER)" (illusion of reality) that triggers an "Evoked Presence (EP)" (sense of presence) in our minds. A Three Pole Reality Model is proposed to explain this phenomenon. The poles range from Dream Reality to Simulated Reality with Primary (Physical) Reality at the center. To demonstrate the relationship between ER and EP, a Reality-Presence Map is developed. We believe that this concept of ER and the proposed model may have significant applications in the study of presence, and in exploring the possibilities of not just virtual reality but also what we call "reality." PMID:23550234

  20. The expression of CBF genes at Fr-2 locus is associated with the level of frost tolerance in Bulgarian winter wheat cultivars

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    Todorovska, Elena Georgieva; Kolev, Stanislav; Christov, Nikolai Kirilov; Balint, Andras; Kocsy, Gabor; Vágújfalvi, Attila; Galiba, Gabor

    2014-01-01

    The regulation of the majority of cold-regulated genes in plants is mediated by CBF (C-repeat binding factors) transcription factor family. Natural differences in frost tolerance (FT) of wheat have been mapped to the Fr-2 (Frost Resistance-2) locus on chromosome group 5 and are associated with variation in threshold induction temperatures and/or transcript levels of CBF genes. This study used real-time reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR) to compare the relative expression levels of four T. aestivum CBF genes (TaCBF15.2, TaCBFA19, TaCBFA2 and TaCBFD21) in crown tissue of two Bulgarian hexaploid winter wheat cultivars (Milena and Russalka) with distinct levels of low-temperature (LT) tolerance but same vernalization requirement, and the spring cultivar Chinese Spring. The transcription profiles of the selected TaCBF genes showed that they are induced by cold treatment at 2 °C. Analysis of transcript abundance revealed that the four TaCBF genes were expressed at higher levels in the frost tolerant Milena than in the susceptible Russalka. Largest differences (fivefold and fourfold) in expression levels between both winter cultivars were observed in two of the analysed genes, TaCBF15.2 and TaCBFA19, respectively. The higher steady-state expression levels of TaCBF genes before the onset of the LT treatment in Milena, combined with stronger induction by cold treatment, suggest that these molecular responses to LT are associated with superior FT development capacity. The results expand our understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying LT acclimation in Bulgarian wheat and can be used for development of functional markers for improvement of FT wheat-breeding programmes. PMID:26740761

  1. Detecting the presence of microorganisms

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    Wilkins, Judd R. (Inventor); Stoner, Glenn E. (Inventor)

    1977-01-01

    The presence of microorganisms in a sample is determined by culturing microorganisms in a growth medium which is in contact with a measuring electrode and a reference electrode and detecting a change in potential between the electrodes caused by the presence of the microorganisms in the medium with a high impedance potentiometer.

  2. Double Layers in Astrophysics

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    Williams, Alton C. (Editor); Moorehead, Tauna W. (Editor)

    1987-01-01

    Topics addressed include: laboratory double layers; ion-acoustic double layers; pumping potential wells; ion phase-space vortices; weak double layers; electric fields and double layers in plasmas; auroral double layers; double layer formation in a plasma; beamed emission from gamma-ray burst source; double layers and extragalactic jets; and electric potential between plasma sheet clouds.

  3. Frost tolerance in plants

    Technology Transfer Automated Retrieval System (TEKTRAN)

    When conducting studies to characterize and determine the underlying mechanisms for freezing tolerance, it is essential to take into account that the type and form of freezing injury varies with the species and its degree of freezing tolerance. There are at least seven different patterns of freezin...

  4. Multifunctional layered magnetic composites

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    Siglreitmeier, Maria; Wu, Baohu; Kollmann, Tina; Neubauer, Martin; Nagy, Gergely; Schwahn, Dietmar; Pipich, Vitaliy; Faivre, Damien; Zahn, Dirk; Fery, Andreas

    2015-01-01

    Summary A fabrication method of a multifunctional hybrid material is achieved by using the insoluble organic nacre matrix of the Haliotis laevigata shell infiltrated with gelatin as a confined reaction environment. Inside this organic scaffold magnetite nanoparticles (MNPs) are synthesized. The amount of MNPs can be controlled through the synthesis protocol therefore mineral loadings starting from 15 wt % up to 65 wt % can be realized. The demineralized organic nacre matrix is characterized by small-angle and very-small-angle neutron scattering (SANS and VSANS) showing an unchanged organic matrix structure after demineralization compared to the original mineralized nacre reference. Light microscopy and confocal laser scanning microscopy studies of stained samples show the presence of insoluble proteins at the chitin surface but not between the chitin layers. Successful and homogeneous gelatin infiltration in between the chitin layers can be shown. The hybrid material is characterized by TEM and shows a layered structure filled with MNPs with a size of around 10 nm. Magnetic analysis of the material demonstrates superparamagnetic behavior as characteristic for the particle size. Simulation studies show the potential of collagen and chitin to act as nucleators, where there is a slight preference of chitin over collagen as a nucleator for magnetite. Colloidal-probe AFM measurements demonstrate that introduction of a ferrogel into the chitin matrix leads to a certain increase in the stiffness of the composite material. PMID:25671158

  5. Mitochondrial energy-dissipating systems (alternative oxidase, uncoupling proteins, and external NADH dehydrogenase) are involved in development of frost-resistance of winter wheat seedlings.

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    Grabelnych, O I; Borovik, O A; Tauson, E L; Pobezhimova, T P; Katyshev, A I; Pavlovskaya, N S; Koroleva, N A; Lyubushkina, I V; Bashmakov, V Yu; Popov, V N; Borovskii, G B; Voinikov, V K

    2014-06-01

    Gene expression, protein synthesis, and activities of alternative oxidase (AOX), uncoupling proteins (UCP), adenine nucleotide translocator (ANT), and non-coupled NAD(P)H dehydrogenases (NDex, NDPex, and NDin) were studied in shoots of etiolated winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) seedlings after exposure to hardening low positive (2C for 7 days) and freezing (-2C for 2 days) temperatures. The cold hardening efficiently increased frost-resistance of the seedlings and decreased the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) during further cold shock. Functioning of mitochondrial energy-dissipating systems can represent a mechanism responsible for the decrease in ROS under these conditions. These systems are different in their response to the action of the hardening low positive and freezing temperatures. The functioning of the first system causes induction of AOX and UCP synthesis associated with an increase in electron transfer via AOX in the mitochondrial respiratory chain and also with an increase in the sensitivity of mitochondrial non-phosphorylating respiration to linoleic and palmitic acids. The increase in electron transfer via AOX upon exposure of seedlings to hardening freezing temperature is associated with retention of a high activity of NDex. It seems that NDex but not the NDPex and NDin can play an important role in maintaining the functional state of mitochondria in heterotrophic tissues of plants under the influence of freezing temperatures. The involvement of the mitochondrial energy-dissipating systems and their possible physiological role in the adaptation of winter crops to cold and frost are discussed. PMID:25100008

  6. Large deletions in the CBF gene cluster at the Fr-B2 locus are associated with reduced frost tolerance in wheat

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    Pearce, Stephen; Zhu, Jie; Boldizsár, Ákos; Vágújfalvi, Attila; Burke, Adrienne; Garland-Campbell, Kimberley; Galiba, Gábor; Dubcovsky, Jorge

    2016-01-01

    Wheat plants which are exposed to periods of low temperatures (cold acclimation) exhibit increased survival rates when they are subsequently exposed to freezing temperatures. This process is associated with large-scale changes in the transcriptome which are modulated by a set of tandemly duplicated CBF (C-repeat Binding Factor) transcription factors located at the Fr-2 (Frost Resistance-2) locus. While Arabidopsis has three tandemly duplicated CBF genes, the CBF family in wheat has undergone an expansion and at least 15 CBF genes have been identified, eleven of which are present at the Fr-2 loci on homoeologous group 5 chromosomes. We report here the discovery of three large deletions which eliminate six, nine, and all eleven CBF genes from the Fr-B2 locus in tetraploid and hexaploid wheat. In wild emmer wheat, the Fr-B2 deletions were found only among the accessions from the southern sub-populations. Among cultivated wheats, the Fr-B2 deletions were more common among varieties with a spring growth habit than among those with a winter growth habit. Replicated freezing tolerance experiments showed that both the deletion of nine CBF genes in tetraploid wheat and the complete Fr-B2 deletion in hexaploid wheat are associated with significant reductions in survival after exposure to freezing temperatures. Our results suggest that selection for the wild type Fr-B2 allele may be beneficial for breeders selecting for varieties with improved frost tolerance. PMID:23884601

  7. Bilateral key comparison SIM.T-K6.1 on humidity standards in the dew/frost-point temperature range from -25 c to +20 c

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    Meyer, C. W.; Hill, K. D.

    2015-01-01

    A Regional Metrology Organization (RMO) Key Comparison of dew/frost point temperatures was carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA) and the National Research Council (NRC, Canada) between December 2014 and April 2015. The results of this comparison are reported here, along with descriptions of the humidity laboratory standards for NIST and NRC and the uncertainty budget for these standards. This report also describes the protocol for the comparison and presents the data acquired. The results are analyzed, determining degree of equivalence between the dew/frost-point standards of NIST and NRC. This paper is the final report of the comparison including analysis of the uncertainty of measurement results. Main text. To reach the main text of this paper, click on Final Report. Note that this text is that which appears in Appendix B of the BIPM key comparison database kcdb.bipm.org/. The final report has been peer-reviewed and approved for publication by the CCT WG-KC, according to the provisions of the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA).

  8. Fabrication and anti-frosting performance of super hydrophobic coating based on modified nano-sized calcium carbonate and ordinary polyacrylate

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    Wang, Hao; Tang, Liming; Wu, Xiaomin; Dai, Wantian; Qiu, Yipeng

    2007-09-01

    Nano-sized calcium carbonate (CaCO 3) particles were modified by heptadecafluorodecyl trimethoxysilane under acidic water condition. An ordinary polyacrylate prepared via radical copolymerization of methyl methacrylate, butyl acrylate, acrylic acid and β-hydroxyethyl methacrylate was used as the binder to form hydrophobic coatings with the modified CaCO 3. Super hydrophobic coating with water contact angle of 155° was obtained from modified CaCO 3 and the polyacrylate at their weight ratio of 8/2 by a simple procedure. Based on surface analysis by scanning electron microscope (SEM) and X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), the super hydrophobicity can be attributed to both the surface microstructure and surface enrichment of fluoroalkyl chains. Due to a low water sliding angle, carbon black powder on super hydrophobic surface was easily removed by rolling water droplet. Furthermore, the anti-frosting performance of different surfaces was investigated, which indicated that the frost formed on superhydrophobic surface was greatly retarded compared with that on bare copper surface. The surface kept super hydrophobicity even after freezing-thawing treatment for 10 times.

  9. BILATERAL KEY COMPARISON SIM.T-K6.1 ON HUMIDITY STANDARDS IN THE DEW/FROST-POINT TEMPERATURE RANGE FROM −25 °C TO +20 °C

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    Meyer, C.W.; Hill, K.D.

    2015-01-01

    A Regional Metrology Organization (RMO) Key Comparison of dew/frost point temperatures was carried out by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST, USA) and the National Research Council (NRC, Canada) between December 2014 and April, 2015. The results of this comparison are reported here, along with descriptions of the humidity laboratory standards for NIST and NRC and the uncertainty budget for these standards. This report also describes the protocol for the comparison and presents the data acquired. The results are analyzed, determining degree of equivalence between the dew/frost-point standards of NIST and NRC. PMID:26663952

  10. Perceptual presence without counterfactual richness.

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    Madary, Michael

    2014-01-01

    In this commentary, I suggest that non-visual perceptual modalities provide counterexamples to Seth's claim that perceptual presence depends on counterfactual richness. Then I suggest a modification to Seth's view that is not vulnerable to these counterexamples. PMID:24739124

  11. Layered Fan

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    2006-01-01

    [figure removed for brevity, see original site] Context image for PIA03692 Layered Fan

    This beautiful fan deposit is located at the end of a mega-gully that empties into the southern trough of Coprates Chasma.

    Image information: VIS instrument. Latitude -14.9N, Longitude 299.8E. 17 meter/pixel resolution.

    Note: this THEMIS visual image has not been radiometrically nor geometrically calibrated for this preliminary release. An empirical correction has been performed to remove instrumental effects. A linear shift has been applied in the cross-track and down-track direction to approximate spacecraft and planetary motion. Fully calibrated and geometrically projected images will be released through the Planetary Data System in accordance with Project policies at a later time.

    NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory manages the 2001 Mars Odyssey mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. The Thermal Emission Imaging System (THEMIS) was developed by Arizona State University, Tempe, in collaboration with Raytheon Santa Barbara Remote Sensing. The THEMIS investigation is led by Dr. Philip Christensen at Arizona State University. Lockheed Martin Astronautics, Denver, is the prime contractor for the Odyssey project, and developed and built the orbiter. Mission operations are conducted jointly from Lockheed Martin and from JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

  12. Predicting the presence and cover of management relevant invasive plant species on protected areas.

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    Iacona, Gwenllian; Price, Franklin D; Armsworth, Paul R

    2016-01-15

    Invasive species are a management concern on protected areas worldwide. Conservation managers need to predict infestations of invasive plants they aim to treat if they want to plan for long term management. Many studies predict the presence of invasive species, but predictions of cover are more relevant for management. Here we examined how predictors of invasive plant