Articles | Volume 15, issue 8
The Cryosphere, 15, 3595–3614, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3595-2021
The Cryosphere, 15, 3595–3614, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-15-3595-2021

Research article 03 Aug 2021

Research article | 03 Aug 2021

Sensitivity of the surface energy budget to drifting snow as simulated by MAR in coastal Adelie Land, Antarctica

Louis Le Toumelin et al.

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Snow is frequently eroded from the surface by the wind in Adelie Land (Antarctica) and suspended in the lower atmosphere. By performing model simulations, we show firstly that suspended snow layers interact with incoming radiation similarly to a near-surface cloud. Secondly, suspended snow modifies the atmosphere's thermodynamic structure and energy exchanges with the surface. Our results suggest snow transport by the wind should be taken into account in future model studies over the region.