Articles | Volume 16, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 16, 799–806, 2022
The Cryosphere, 16, 799–806, 2022
Brief communication
10 Mar 2022
Brief communication | 10 Mar 2022

Brief communication: Application of a muonic cosmic ray snow gauge to monitor the snow water equivalent on alpine glaciers

Rebecca Gugerli et al.

Related authors

Multi-sensor analysis of monthly gridded snow precipitation on alpine glaciers
Rebecca Gugerli, Matteo Guidicelli, Marco Gabella, Matthias Huss, and Nadine Salzmann
Adv. Sci. Res., 18, 7–20,,, 2021
Short summary
Continuous and autonomous snow water equivalent measurements by a cosmic ray sensor on an alpine glacier
Rebecca Gugerli, Nadine Salzmann, Matthias Huss, and Darin Desilets
The Cryosphere, 13, 3413–3434,,, 2019
Short summary

Related subject area

Discipline: Snow | Subject: Instrumentation
Comparison of manual snow water equivalent (SWE) measurements: seeking the reference for a true SWE value in a boreal biome
Maxime Beaudoin-Galaise and Sylvain Jutras
The Cryosphere, 16, 3199–3214,,, 2022
Short summary
GNSS signal-based snow water equivalent determination for different snowpack conditions along a steep elevation gradient
Achille Capelli, Franziska Koch, Patrick Henkel, Markus Lamm, Florian Appel, Christoph Marty, and Jürg Schweizer
The Cryosphere, 16, 505–531,,, 2022
Short summary
Snow water equivalent measurement in the Arctic based on cosmic ray neutron attenuation
Anton Jitnikovitch, Philip Marsh, Branden Walker, and Darin Desilets
The Cryosphere, 15, 5227–5239,,, 2021
Short summary
Review article: Performance assessment of radiation-based field sensors for monitoring the water equivalent of snow cover (SWE)
Alain Royer, Alexandre Roy, Sylvain Jutras, and Alexandre Langlois
The Cryosphere, 15, 5079–5098,,, 2021
Short summary
Spectral albedo measurements over snow-covered slopes: theory and slope effect corrections
Ghislain Picard, Marie Dumont, Maxim Lamare, François Tuzet, Fanny Larue, Roberta Pirazzini, and Laurent Arnaud
The Cryosphere, 14, 1497–1517,,, 2020
Short summary

Cited articles

Avdyushin, S. I., Kolomeyets, E. V., Nazarov, I. M., Pegoyev, A. N., and Fridman, S. D.: Application of Cosmic Rays To the Solution of Some Hydrological Problems, in: Proceeedings of the Exeter Symposium July 1982, IAHS Publ. no. 138, 1982. a
Choquette, Y., Lavigne, P., Nadeau, M., Ducharm, P., Martin, J., Houdayer, A., and Rogoza, J.: GMON, a new sensor for snow water equivalent via gamma monitoring, in: Proceedings Whistler 2008 International Snow Science Workshop, 21–27 September 2008, Whistler, B.C., 802–807, (last access: 8 March 2022), 2008. a
de Mendonça, R. R. S., Braga, C. R., Echer, E., Lago, A. D., Munakata, K., Kuwabara, T., Kozai, M., Kato, C., Rockenbach, M., Schuch, N. J., Jassar, H. K. A., Sharma, M. M., Tokumaru, M., Duldig, M. L., Humble, J. E., Evenson, P., and Sabbah, I.: The temperature effect in secondary cosmic rays (muons) observed at the ground: Analysis of the global muon detector network data, The Astrophys. J., 830, 88,, 2016. a
Desilets, D., Zreda, M., and Ferré, T. P.: Nature's neutron probe: Land surface hydrology at an elusive scale with cosmic rays, Water Resour. Res., 46, W11505,, 2010. a
Ganeva, M., Peglow, S., Hippler, R., Berkova, M., and Yanke, V.: Seasonal variations of the muon flux seen by muon telescope MuSTAnG, J. Phys. Conf. Ser., 409, 012242,, 2013. a
Short summary
Monitoring the snow water equivalent (SWE) in high mountain regions is highly important and a challenge. We explore the use of muon counts to infer SWE temporally continuously. We deployed muonic cosmic ray snow gauges (µ-CRSG) on a Swiss glacier over the winter 2020/21. Evaluated with manual SWE measurements and SWE estimates inferred from neutron counts, we conclude that the µ-CRSG is a highly promising method for remote high mountain regions with several advantages over other current methods.