The cryosphere plays an important role for the energy budget on the Earth because of the high albedo and large seasonal variations. The surface albedo in the cryosphere varies drastically not only by phase change of snow and ice but also by change from new snow to melting snow. The melting of polar snow and ice due to global warming and the resultant sea level rise are currently causing much public anxiety (Bindoff et al., 2007).
|Title of host publication||Light Scattering Reviews 7|
|Subtitle of host publication||Radiative Transfer and Optical Properties of Atmosphere and Underlying Surface|
|Publisher||Springer Berlin Heidelberg|
|Number of pages||37|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 1 2013|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)