Here is a finite element simulation of strong winds in the Scharffenbergbotnen blue ice area.
Simulations made by Torsten Malm (Aalto Univ.) and Thomas Zwinger (CSC - IT Center for Science) using Elmer, animation made by Jyrky Hokkanen (CSC). [Thesis]
It so happens that i have some validation data. But first lets take a view of the valley from one of the northernmost nunataks (North is the left side of the youtube video).
My validation data:
The strong winds in the deep end of the valley are roughly located where we had a camp in 2006⁄7.
After a particular violent storm we came back to our camp and found:
- the pyramid tent gone (it used to be where all the boxes are scattered). We found it later a kilometre away.
- Food scattered around tens of kilometres away from our camp site (found by SWEDARP people).
- Our nice hilleberg tent completely broken.
- The huge sledge flipped upside down.
- A huge mallet blown ~100metres away.
- we lost lots of sample bottles etc in this storm, but we managed to collect samples anyway.
So yep … the model is right!
There are definitely very strong winds where it predicts it should be.