Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 13, 157–175, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-157-2019
The Cryosphere, 13, 157–175, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-157-2019
Research article
22 Jan 2019
Research article | 22 Jan 2019

The optical characteristics and sources of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in seasonal snow of northwestern China

Yue Zhou et al.

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We first investigated the optical characteristics and potential sources of chromophoric dissolved organic matter (CDOM) in seasonal snow over northwestern China. The abundance of CDOM showed regional variation. At some sites strongly influenced by local soil, the absorption of CDOM cannot be neglected compared to black carbon. We found two humic-like and one protein-like fluorophores in snow. The major sources of snow CDOM were soil, biomass burning, and anthropogenic pollution.