Articles | Volume 9, issue 6
The Cryosphere, 9, 2383–2398, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2383-2015
The Cryosphere, 9, 2383–2398, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-9-2383-2015

Research article 15 Dec 2015

Research article | 15 Dec 2015

Summertime evolution of snow specific surface area close to the surface on the Antarctic Plateau

Q. Libois et al.

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The albedo and surface energy budget of the Antarctic Plateau are largely determined by snow specific surface area. The latter experiences substantial daily-to-seasonal variations in response to meteorological conditions. In particular, it decreases by a factor three in summer, causing a drop in albedo. These variations are monitored from in situ and remote sensing observations at Dome C. For the first time, they are also simulated with a snowpack evolution model adapted to Antarctic conditions.