Articles | Volume 9, issue 5
The Cryosphere, 9, 1879–1893, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1879-2015

Special issue: Interactions between climate change and the Cryosphere: SVALI,...

The Cryosphere, 9, 1879–1893, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-1879-2015

Research article 24 Sep 2015

Research article | 24 Sep 2015

Satellite observations of changes in snow-covered land surface albedo during spring in the Northern Hemisphere

K. Atlaskina et al.

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Snow cover explained most of the spring surface albedo changes in the Northern Hemisphere in the years 2000−2012. However, there are vast areas where albedo changed up to ±0.2 under full snow-covered conditions. We found that if in these areas, the mean monthly air temperature exceeds a value between -15°C and -10°C, depending on the region, albedo decreases with an increase of the temperature. The complexity of processes involved in surface albedo changes is discussed.