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TC | Volume 13, issue 11
The Cryosphere, 13, 3045–3059, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-3045-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
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The Cryosphere, 13, 3045–3059, 2019
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-13-3045-2019
© Author(s) 2019. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License.

Research article 19 Nov 2019

Research article | 19 Nov 2019

Effect of snow microstructure variability on Ku-band radar snow water equivalent retrievals

Nick Rutter et al.

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ED: Publish subject to revisions (further review by editor and referees) (20 Sep 2019) by John Yackel
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ED: Publish as is (07 Oct 2019) by John Yackel
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Impact of natural variability in Arctic tundra snow microstructural characteristics on the capacity to estimate snow water equivalent (SWE) from Ku-band radar was assessed. Median values of metrics quantifying snow microstructure adequately characterise differences between snowpack layers. Optimal estimates of SWE required microstructural values slightly less than the measured median but tolerated natural variability for accurate estimation of SWE in shallow snowpacks.
Impact of natural variability in Arctic tundra snow microstructural characteristics on the...
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