Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 9, 2357–2381, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2357-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 2357–2381, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2357-2015

Research article 15 Dec 2015

Research article | 15 Dec 2015

Measurements and modelling of snow particle size and shortwave infrared albedo over a melting Antarctic ice sheet

R. Pirazzini et al.

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We illustrate a method to measure the size distribution of a snow particle metric from macro photos of snow particles. This snow particle metric corresponds well to the optically equivalent effective radius. Our results evidence the impact of grain shape on albedo, indicate that more than just one particle metric distribution is needed to characterize the snow scattering properties at all optical wavelengths, and suggest an impact of surface roughness on the shortwave infrared albedo.