Articles | Volume 14, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 14, 3995–4020, 2020
The Cryosphere, 14, 3995–4020, 2020

Research article 14 Nov 2020

Research article | 14 Nov 2020

Simulating optical top-of-atmosphere radiance satellite images over snow-covered rugged terrain

Maxim Lamare et al.


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Short summary
Terrain features found in mountainous regions introduce large errors into the calculation of the physical properties of snow using optical satellite images. We present a new model performing rapid calculations of solar radiation over snow-covered rugged terrain that we tested over a site in the French Alps. The results of the study show that all the interactions between sunlight and the terrain should be accounted for over snow-covered surfaces to correctly estimate snow properties from space.