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The Cryosphere An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union
The Cryosphere, 10, 2655-2672, 2016
http://www.the-cryosphere.net/10/2655/2016/
doi:10.5194/tc-10-2655-2016
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14 Nov 2016
Refinement of the ice absorption spectrum in the visible using radiance profile measurements in Antarctic snow
Ghislain Picard et al.

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The absorption of visible light in ice is very weak but its precise value is unknown. By measuring the profile of light intensity in snow, Warren and Brand (2006) deduced that light is attenuated by a factor 2 per kilometer in pure ice at a wavelength of 400 nm. We replicated their experiment on a large number of samples and found that ice absorption is at least 10 times stronger. The paper explores various potential physical and statistical biases that could impact the experiment.
The absorption of visible light in ice is very weak but its precise value is unknown. By...
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