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Seasonal influence of insolation on fine-resolved air temperature variation and snowmelt

Vercauteren, N. and Lyon, S.W. and Destouni, G. (2014) Seasonal influence of insolation on fine-resolved air temperature variation and snowmelt. Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, 53 (2). pp. 323-332. ISSN Online: 1558-8432 Print: 1558-8424

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This study uses GIS-based modeling of incoming solar radiation to quantify fine-resolved spatiotemporal responses of year-round monthly average temperature within a field study area located on the eastern coast of Sweden. A network of temperature sensors measures surface and near-surface air temperatures during a year from June 2011 to June 2012. Strong relationships between solar radiation and temperature exhibited during the growing season (supporting previous work) break down in snow cover and snowmelt periods. Surface temperature measurements are here used to estimate snow cover duration, relating the timing of snowmelt to low performance of an existing linear model developed for the investigated site. This study demonstrates that linearity between insolation and temperature (1) may only be valid for solar radiation levels above a certain threshold and (2) is affected by the consumption of incoming radiation during snowmelt.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Mathematical and Computer Sciences > Mathematics > Applied Mathematics
Divisions:Department of Mathematics and Computer Science > Institute of Mathematics > Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Group
ID Code:1332
Deposited By: Ulrike Eickers
Deposited On:22 Nov 2013 14:24
Last Modified:21 Aug 2014 08:39

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