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TC | Volume 13, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 13, 29–40, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-29-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 13, 29–40, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-29-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 08 Jan 2019

Research article | 08 Jan 2019

Impacts of topographic shading on direct solar radiation for valley glaciers in complex topography

Matthew Olson and Summer Rupper

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Solar radiation is the largest energy input for most alpine glaciers. However, many models oversimplify the influence of topographic shading. Also, no systematic studies have explored the variable impact of shading on glacier ice. We find that shading can significantly impact modeled solar radiation, particularly at low elevations, at high latitudes, and for glaciers with a north/south orientation. Excluding the effects of shading will overestimate modeled solar radiation for alpine glaciers.
Solar radiation is the largest energy input for most alpine glaciers. However, many models...
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