Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 14, 3731–3745, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3731-2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 3731–3745, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-14-3731-2020

Research article 05 Nov 2020

Research article | 05 Nov 2020

Tracing devastating fires in Portugal to a snow archive in the Swiss Alps: a case study

Dimitri Osmont et al.

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In this interdisciplinary case study, we were able to link biomass burning emissions from the June 2017 wildfires in Portugal to their deposition in the snowpack at Jungfraujoch, Swiss Alps. We analysed black carbon and charcoal in the snowpack, calculated backward trajectories, and monitored the fire evolution by remote sensing. Such case studies help to understand the representativity of biomass burning records in ice cores and how biomass burning tracers are archived in the snowpack.