Snowpack radiative heating: Influence on Tibetan Plateau climate

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Flanner, Mark G; Zender, C. S.;
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Subject: Physical Sciences and Mathematics | asia | energy balance | modeling | remote sensing | snow

 Solar absorption decays exponentially with depth in snowpacks. However, most climate models constrain all snowpack absorption to occur uniformly in the top-most snow layer. We show that 20–45% of solar absorption by deep snowpacks occurs more than 2 cm beneath the surf... View more
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