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Journal Articles Geophysical Research Letters Year : 2009

Sensitivity of bare soil albedo to surface soil moisture on the moraine of the Zongo glacier (Bolivia)

Abstract

The dependence of bare soil albedo on soil water content is investigated using in situ data collected on the moraine of an Andean glacier (Bolivia). This study demonstrates a high negative correlation between the two variables that is best approximated by an exponential function, in agreement with previous studies. More importantly, the average snow-free albedo value during the rainy season is 40% lower than during the dry season (0.16 vs. 0.26). These results are relevant for climate and land surface modeling applications, where bare soil albedo is often considered as a constant parameter.

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Glaciology
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insu-00412561 , version 1 (10-05-2021)

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Simon Gascoin, Agnès Ducharne, Pierre Ribstein, E. Perroy, Patrick Wagnon. Sensitivity of bare soil albedo to surface soil moisture on the moraine of the Zongo glacier (Bolivia). Geophysical Research Letters, 2009, 36, pp.L02405. ⟨10.1029/2008GL036377⟩. ⟨insu-00412561⟩
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