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Konstsnö och dess effekter på vegetationen: Skillnader mellan konstsnö och natursnö
Umeå University, Faculty of Science and Technology, Department of Ecology and Environmental Sciences.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Increased temperatures, changed snow conditions, increasing demand for skiing and other winter sports lead to increased demand and production of artificial snow. Besides the positive aspects of artificial snow, it is important to understand potentially negative effects of artificial snow on the environment and vegetation. This study investigated the differences between artificial snow and natural snow in two adjacent ski slopes. This was done by measuring and comparing the snow depth, duration of the snow cover, snow density, and ground vegetation between the slopes. Snow depth and density showed differences between artificial snow and natural snow. The artificial snow cover stayed about 11 days longer than the natural snow. A few variations in the vegetation were also found; earlier flowering and more species and colors in the natural snow slope compared to in the slope using artificial snow. Therefore, it is clear that there is a difference between artificial snow and natural snow, and that this results in effects on the environment, but it is difficult to assess to what extent and how large the negative impact is. For more general conclusions, I think it is important to study the vegetation under artificial snow during a longer period and in several areas.

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2017. , 11 p.
Keyword [en]
artificial snow, vegetation, snow depth, duration snow cover, snow density
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Natural Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-141533OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-141533DiVA: diva2:1155284
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Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health
Available from: 2017-11-13 Created: 2017-11-07 Last updated: 2017-11-13Bibliographically approved

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