Articles | Volume 12, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 12, 1887–1898, 2018
The Cryosphere, 12, 1887–1898, 2018
Research article
06 Jun 2018
Research article | 06 Jun 2018

Spring snow albedo feedback over northern Eurasia: Comparing in situ measurements with reanalysis products

Martin Wegmann et al.

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An important factor for Earth's climate is the high sunlight reflectivity of snow. By melting, it reveals darker surfaces and sunlight is converted to heat. We investigate how well this process is represented in reanalyses data sets compared to observations over Russia. We found snow processes to be well represented, but reflectivity variability needs to be improved. Our results highlight the need for a better representation of this key climate change feedback process in modelled data.