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https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-127-2022
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-16-127-2022
Research article
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13 Jan 2022
Research article |  | 13 Jan 2022

On the energy budget of a low-Arctic snowpack

Georg Lackner, Florent Domine, Daniel F. Nadeau, Annie-Claude Parent, François Anctil, Matthieu Lafaysse, and Marie Dumont

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The surface energy budget is the sum of all incoming and outgoing energy fluxes at the Earth's surface and has a key role in the climate. We measured all these fluxes for an Arctic snowpack and found that most incoming energy from radiation is counterbalanced by thermal radiation and heat convection while sublimation was negligible. Overall, the snow model Crocus was able to simulate the observed energy fluxes well.