Articles | Volume 10, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 10, 2847–2863, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2847-2016
The Cryosphere, 10, 2847–2863, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-2847-2016

Research article 21 Nov 2016

Research article | 21 Nov 2016

Relating optical and microwave grain metrics of snow: the relevance of grain shape

Quirine Krol and Henning Löwe

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AR by quirine krol on behalf of the Authors (29 Sep 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (10 Oct 2016) by Guillaume Chambon
RR by Q. Libois (18 Oct 2016)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (Editor review) (22 Oct 2016) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by quirine krol on behalf of the Authors (31 Oct 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (02 Nov 2016) by Guillaume Chambon
AR by quirine krol on behalf of the Authors (02 Nov 2016)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Optical and microwave modelling of snow involve different metrics of "grain size" and existing, empirical relations between them are subject to considerable scatter. We introduce two objectively defined metrics of grain shape, derived from micro-computed tomography images, that lead to improved statistical models between the different grain metrics. Our results allow to assess the relevance of grain shape in both fields on common grounds.