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Volume 10, issue 3
The Cryosphere, 10, 1039-1054, 2016
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Special issue: Intercomparison of methods to characterise snow...

The Cryosphere, 10, 1039-1054, 2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 19 May 2016

Research article | 19 May 2016

Sensitivity of snow density and specific surface area measured by microtomography to different image processing algorithms

Pascal Hagenmuller et al.
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The paper focuses on the characterization of snow microstructure with X-ray microtomography, a technique that is progressively becoming the standard for snow characterization. In particular, it rigorously investigates how the image processing algorithms affect the subsequent microstructure characterization in terms of density and specific surface area. From this analysis, practical recommendations concerning the processing X-ray tomographic images of snow are provided.
The paper focuses on the characterization of snow microstructure with X-ray microtomography, a...