Articles | Volume 13, issue 1
Research article
08 Jan 2019
Research article |  | 08 Jan 2019

Impacts of topographic shading on direct solar radiation for valley glaciers in complex topography

Matthew Olson and Summer Rupper


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AR by Matthew Olson on behalf of the Authors (31 Aug 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (26 Sep 2018) by Christian Haas
RR by Geoff Evatt (09 Oct 2018)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (09 Oct 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (30 Oct 2018) by Christian Haas
AR by Matthew Olson on behalf of the Authors (09 Nov 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (26 Nov 2018) by Christian Haas
Short summary
Solar radiation is the largest energy input for most alpine glaciers. However, many models oversimplify the influence of topographic shading. Also, no systematic studies have explored the variable impact of shading on glacier ice. We find that shading can significantly impact modeled solar radiation, particularly at low elevations, at high latitudes, and for glaciers with a north/south orientation. Excluding the effects of shading will overestimate modeled solar radiation for alpine glaciers.