Articles | Volume 18, issue 21
Biogeosciences, 18, 5851–5869, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5851-2021
Biogeosciences, 18, 5851–5869, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-18-5851-2021

Research article 03 Nov 2021

Research article | 03 Nov 2021

On the influence of erect shrubs on the irradiance profile in snow

Maria Belke-Brea et al.

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on bg-2020-461', Anonymous Referee #1, 11 Feb 2021
    • AC1: 'Reply on RC1', Maria Belke-Brea, 06 Apr 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on bg-2020-461', Inge Grünberg, 23 Feb 2021
    • AC2: 'Reply on RC2', Maria Belke-Brea, 06 Apr 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Reconsider after major revisions (08 Apr 2021) by Paul Stoy
AR by Maria Belke-Brea on behalf of the Authors (13 Jun 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (16 Jun 2021) by Paul Stoy
RR by Inge Grünberg (30 Jun 2021)
ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (30 Jun 2021) by Paul Stoy
AR by Maria Belke-Brea on behalf of the Authors (20 Aug 2021)  Author's response    Manuscript
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Short summary
Expanding shrubs in the Arctic change snowpacks into a mix of snow, impurities and buried branches. Snow is a translucent medium into which light penetrates and gets partly absorbed by branches or impurities. Measurements of light attenuation in snow in Northern Quebec, Canada, showed (1) black-carbon-dominated light attenuation in snowpacks without shrubs and (2) buried branches influence radiation attenuation in snow locally, leading to melting and pockets of large crystals close to branches.
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