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https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-843-2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-843-2016
Research article
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25 Jan 2016
Research article |  | 25 Jan 2016

The impact of atmospheric mineral aerosol deposition on the albedo of snow & sea ice: are snow and sea ice optical properties more important than mineral aerosol optical properties?

M. L. Lamare, J. Lee-Taylor, and M. D. King

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The decrease in reflectivity (albedo) of sea ice and snow containing mineral dusts and volcanic ashes is calculated. The type of snow and sea ice, the thickness and the layering of mineral aerosol deposits are varied. The results show that the response of the albedo of snow and sea ice to mineral aerosol deposits is more sensitive to the type of snow or sea ice than to the properties of the mineral aerosol deposits themselves.
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