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Volume 5, issue 1
The Cryosphere, 5, 55-66, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-5-55-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
The Cryosphere, 5, 55-66, 2011
https://doi.org/10.5194/tc-5-55-2011
© Author(s) 2011. This work is distributed under
the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.

Research article 02 Feb 2011

Research article | 02 Feb 2011

Some fundamentals of handheld snow surface thermography

C. Shea1 and B. Jamieson1,2 C. Shea and B. Jamieson
  • 1Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada
  • 2Department of Civil Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive NW Calgary, Alberta, T2N 1N4, Canada

Abstract. This paper presents the concepts needed to perform snow surface thermography with a modern thermal imager. Snow-specific issues in the 7.5 to 13 μm spectrum such as ice emissivity, photographic angle, operator heating, and others receive detailed review and discussion. To illustrate the usefulness of this measurement technique, various applications are presented. These include detecting spatial temperature variation on snow pit walls and measuring the dependence of heat conduction on grain type.

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