Spectral reflectance of solar light from dirty snow: a simple theoretical model and its validation Institute of Environmental Physics, University of Bremen, O. Hahn Allee 1, 28334 Bremen, Germany
20 Aug 2013
Received: 16 January 2013 – Published in The Cryosphere Discuss.: 18 February 2013 Abstract. A simple analytical equation for the snow albedo as the function of snow
grain size, soot concentration, and soot mass absorption coefficient is
presented. This simple equation can be used in climate models to assess the
influence of snow pollution on snow albedo. It is shown that the squared
logarithm of the albedo (in the visible) is directly proportional to the
soot concentration. A new method of the determination of the soot mass
absorption coefficient in snow is proposed. The equations derived are
applied to a dusty snow layer as well.
Revised: 04 July 2013 – Accepted: 17 July 2013 – Published: 20 August 2013
Citation: Kokhanovsky, A.: Spectral reflectance of solar light from dirty snow: a simple theoretical model and its validation, The Cryosphere, 7, 1325-1331, doi:10.5194/tc-7-1325-2013, 2013.