Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Research article
05 May 2017
Research article |  | 05 May 2017

In situ continuous visible and near-infrared spectroscopy of an alpine snowpack

Marie Dumont, Laurent Arnaud, Ghislain Picard, Quentin Libois, Yves Lejeune, Pierre Nabat, Didier Voisin, and Samuel Morin

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