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TC | Articles | Volume 13, issue 12
The Cryosphere, 13, 3413–3434, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-3413-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 13, 3413–3434, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-3413-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 20 Dec 2019

Research article | 20 Dec 2019

Continuous and autonomous snow water equivalent measurements by a cosmic ray sensor on an alpine glacier

Rebecca Gugerli et al.

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The snow water equivalent (SWE) in high mountain regions is crucial for many applications. Yet its quantification remains difficult. We present autonomous daily SWE observations by a cosmic ray sensor (CRS) deployed on a Swiss glacier for two winter seasons. Combined with snow depth observations, we derive the daily bulk snow density. The validation with manual field observations and its measurement reliability show that the CRS is a promising device for high alpine cryospheric environments.
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