Articles | Volume 13, issue 8
Research article
19 Aug 2019
Research article |  | 19 Aug 2019

Influence of light-absorbing particles on snow spectral irradiance profiles

Francois Tuzet, Marie Dumont, Laurent Arnaud, Didier Voisin, Maxim Lamare, Fanny Larue, Jesus Revuelto, and Ghislain Picard

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