Articles | Volume 13, issue 4
The Cryosphere, 13, 1147–1165, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1147-2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 1147–1165, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1147-2019

Research article 08 Apr 2019

Research article | 08 Apr 2019

Saharan dust events in the European Alps: role in snowmelt and geochemical characterization

Biagio Di Mauro et al.

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The snow albedo reduction due to dust from arid regions alters the melting dynamics of the snowpack, resulting in earlier snowmelt. We estimate up to 38 days of anticipated snow disappearance for a season that was characterized by a strong dust deposition event. This process has a series of further impacts. For example, earlier snowmelts may alter the hydrological cycle in the Alps, induce higher sensitivity to late summer drought, and finally impact vegetation and animal phenology.