Articles | Volume 11, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 11, 2755–2772, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2755-2017
The Cryosphere, 11, 2755–2772, 2017
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-11-2755-2017

Research article 05 Dec 2017

Research article | 05 Dec 2017

Blowing snow detection from ground-based ceilometers: application to East Antarctica

Alexandra Gossart et al.

Data sets

Ceilometer raw data measured at Neumayer station, links to files. Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven G. König-Langlo https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.834355

Ceilometer raw data measured at Neumayer station, links to files. Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven G. König-Langlo https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.845419

Ceilometer raw data measured at Neumayer station, links to files. Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven G. König-Langlo https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.858536

Meteorological synoptical observations from Neumayer Station (2011-01). Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven G. König-Langlo https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.759487

Meteorological synoptical observations from Neumayer Station . Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven G. König-Langlo https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.783172

Meteorological synoptical observations from Neumayer Station . Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven G. König-Langlo https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.811820

Meteorological synoptical observations from Neumayer Station, 2013-01 to 2016-01. Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Center for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven G. König-Langlo https://doi.org/10.1594/PANGAEA.150030

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Short summary
Blowing snow plays an important role on local surface mass balance of Antarctica. We present here the blowing snow detection algorithm, to retrieve blowing snow occurrence from the attenuated backscatter signal of ceilometers set up at two station. There is a good correspondence in detection of heavy blowing snow by the algorithm and the visual observations performed at Neumayer station. Moreover, most of the blowing snow occurs during events bringing precipitation from the coast inland.