R. Perla

The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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Publications (9)6.6 Total impact

  • R.E. Davis, Jeff Dozier, R. Perla
    01/1987: pages 53-74; D. Reidel.
  • Snow Property Measurement WorkshopSnow Property Measurement Workshop; 01/1987
  • Jeff Dozier, R.E. Davis, R. Perla
    Snow Property Measurement WorkshopSnow Property Measurement Workshop; 01/1987
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    Jeff Dozier, R.E. Davis, R. Perla
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    ABSTRACT: It is a long-standing problem to find an appropriate small set of parameters that best describes snow micro structure as observed on sec­ tions or thin slices, for the purposes of relating physical properties of snow to its electromagnetic, thermal, or mechanical properties. The stereological parameters point density and intercept length (uniquely related to surface area per unit volume) are likely members of the minimal set of descriptors, but a measure of their distribution, such as the variance, is also needed. In addition a topological classifier of ice- or pore-connectivity, such as the first Betti number, is possibly useful to describe thermal or mechanical proper­ ties, but that parameter is only retrieved after tedious preparation and analysis of serial sections. For models of microwave emission or metamor- phism at weak temperature gradients a geometric description from orthog­ onal sections provides useful parameters.
    01/1987: pages 49-59; International Association of Hydrological Sciences Publication No. 162.
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    ABSTRACT: Field trials of the dilution technique for measuring snow liquid water content show that the refined procedure is rapid and simple. Measurements of the liquid water mass fraction with an absolute error of ˜1.5% can be obtained by one operator at a rate of 10-15 samples per hour, but if the water content is low (0-2%), the relative error can be high. Electrolytic conductivity is the preferred method for measuring concentrations, using a stock solution of 0.01 N HCl. The recommended amount of stock solution to add is 0.5-0.8 times the mass of the snow sample. Extraction of the resulting mixture of stock solution and snow liquid water is best done with a screened pipette, instead of by decanting.
    Water Resources Research 09/1985; 21(9):1415-1420. · 3.71 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Photomicrographs of section-planes from snow samples exposed to very strong or very weak temperature gradients were converted to video images and digitized. Brightness levels were set to discriminate ice from pore profiles. Section-plane density, mean and maximum intercept lengths for the ice profiles, and surface area per unit mass were measured and compared. Although results were somewhat obscured by density variations, the mean and maximum intercept lengths increased and the surface area per unit mass decreased under the influence of strong or weak gradients. The increase in maximum intercept length was more pronounced in the strong gradient tests.
    Cold Regions Science and Technology 09/1985; 11(2):181-186. · 1.44 Impact Factor
  • R PERLA, C.S.L. Ommanney
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    ABSTRACT: Snow samples were exposed to very strong or very weak temperature gradients and studied as disaggregated grains and by section. Very strong gradients (≈1600°C/m) caused obvious morphological change in short periods (≈100 h). Low density snow metamorphosed toward a weak assembly of skeletal and faceted grains. High density snow metamorphosed toward a strong, crusty texture, which appeared fibrous or diffuse in section. These results are contrasted with observations of snow stored under weak gradients (< 1°C/m) for periods up to 6 months at −35°C, −5°C, and −1°C. Under weak gradients there was much less morphological change. There was a tendency to form facets and crusts at −1°C, but the possibility of melting and refreezing due to temperature fluctiations in storage cannot be excluded. Some facets survived or developed in long term storage at −35°C and −5°C.
    Cold Regions Science and Technology 07/1985; 11(1):23-35. · 1.44 Impact Factor
  • R. Perla, C. S. L. Ommanney
    Annals of Glaciology. 01/1985;
  • R. Perla, Jeff Dozier
    Proceedings, Sixth International Snow Science WorkshopProceedings, Sixth International Snow Science Workshop; 01/1984

Publication Stats

47 Citations
6.60 Total Impact Points


  • 1987
    • The Ottawa Hospital
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 1985
    • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
      Ottawa, Ontario, Canada