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Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 8531–8555, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-8531-2021
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 21, 8531–8555, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-21-8531-2021
Measurement report
07 Jun 2021
Measurement report | 07 Jun 2021

Measurement report: Molecular composition, optical properties, and radiative effects of water-soluble organic carbon in snowpack samples from northern Xinjiang, China

Yue Zhou et al.

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We present a comprehensive characterization of water-soluble organic carbon (WSOC) in seasonal snow of northwestern China. We applied complementary multimodal analytical techniques to investigate bulk and molecular-level composition, optical properties, and sources of WSOC. For the first time, we estimated the extent of radiative forcing due to WSOC in snow using a model simulation and showed the profound influences of WSOC on the energy budget of midlatitude seasonal snowpack.
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