Articles | Volume 16, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 16, 1765–1778, 2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 1765–1778, 2022
Research article
06 May 2022
Research article | 06 May 2022

Divergence of apparent and intrinsic snow albedo over a season at a sub-alpine site with implications for remote sensing

Edward H. Bair et al.


Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on tc-2021-361', Anonymous Referee #1, 01 Mar 2022
  • RC2: 'Comment on tc-2021-361', Anonymous Referee #2, 02 Mar 2022

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (23 Mar 2022) by Mark Flanner
AR by Edward Bair on behalf of the Authors (06 Apr 2022)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (13 Apr 2022) by Mark Flanner
Short summary
Understanding how snow and ice reflect solar radiation (albedo) is important for global climate. Using high-resolution topography, darkening from surface roughness (apparent albedo) is separated from darkening by the composition of the snow (intrinsic albedo). Intrinsic albedo is usually greater than apparent albedo, especially during melt. Such high-resolution topography is often not available; thus the use of a shade component when modeling mixtures is advised.