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    Université de Fribourg

    The impact of Saharan dust and black carbon on albedo and long-term mass balance of an Alpine glacier

    Gabbi, J. ; Huss, Matthias ; Bauder, Andreas ; Cao, F. ; Schwikowski, M.

    In: The Cryosphere, 2015, vol. 9, no. 4, p. 1385–1400

    Light-absorbing impurities in snow and ice control glacier melt as shortwave radiation represents the main component of the surface energy balance. Here, we investigate the long-term effect of snow impurities, i.e., mineral dust and black carbon (BC), on albedo and glacier mass balance. The analysis was performed over the period 1914–2014 for two sites on Claridenfirn, Swiss Alps, where an...