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https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1753-2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-1753-2019
Research article
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01 Jul 2019
Research article |  | 01 Jul 2019

Monitoring of snow surface near-infrared bidirectional reflectance factors with added light-absorbing particles

Adam Schneider, Mark Flanner, Roger De Roo, and Alden Adolph

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To study the process of snow aging, we engineered a prototype instrument called the Near-Infrared Emitting and Reflectance-Monitoring Dome (NERD). Using the NERD, we observed rapid snow aging in experiments with added light absorbing particles (LAPs). Particulate matter deposited on the snow increased absorption of solar energy and enhanced snow melt. These results indicate the role of LAPs' indirect effect on snow aging through a positive feedback mechanism related to the snow grain size.