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Volume 10, issue 2
The Cryosphere, 10, 665–679, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-665-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 10, 665–679, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-10-665-2016
© Author(s) 2016. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 16 Mar 2016

Research article | 16 Mar 2016

Estimating ice albedo from fine debris cover quantified by a semi-automatic method: the case study of Forni Glacier, Italian Alps

Roberto Sergio Azzoni et al.
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In spite of quite abundant literature focusing on fine debris deposition over snow of glacier accumulation areas, less attention has been paid to the ice of the glacier melting surface. Accordingly, we developed a method for estimating ice albedo from fine debris cover quantified by a semi-automatic method. Our procedure was tested on the surface of the Forni Glacier (Italian Alps), acquiring parallel data sets of in situ measurements of ice albedo and high-resolution images.
In spite of quite abundant literature focusing on fine debris deposition over snow of glacier...
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