Articles | Volume 7, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 7, 657–666, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-7-657-2013
The Cryosphere, 7, 657–666, 2013
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-7-657-2013

Research article 05 Apr 2013

Research article | 05 Apr 2013

Theoretical study of solar light reflectance from vertical snow surfaces

O. V. Nikolaeva1 and A. A. Kokhanovsky2 O. V. Nikolaeva and A. A. Kokhanovsky
  • 1Institute of Applied Mathematics, Miuuskaya Sq. 4, 125047, Moscow, Russia
  • 2Institute of Environmental Physics, Bremen University, O. Hahn Allee 1, 28334 Bremen, Germany

Abstract. The influence of horizontal and vertical inhomogeneity of snow surfaces on solar light reflectance is studied using the radiative transfer theory (RTT). We compared 1-D RTT and 2-D RTT and found that large errors are produced if the 1-D RTT is used for the calculation of the snow reflection function (and, therefore, also in the retrievals of the snow grain radii) in 2-D measurement geometries. Such 2-D geometries are common in the procedures for the determination of the effective snow grain radii using near-infrared photography and spectroscopy of vertical snow walls. In particular, we have considered three cases for the numerical calculations: (1) the case with no black film; (2) the case with a black film at the pit's bottom; (3) the case with a black film at the pit's bottom and also at one of the vertical snow walls.

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