Articles | Volume 22, issue 1
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 179–201, 2018
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 22, 179–201, 2018
Research article
10 Jan 2018
Research article | 10 Jan 2018

Modelling hydrologic impacts of light absorbing aerosol deposition on snow at the catchment scale

Felix N. Matt et al.

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Certain particles that have the ability to absorb sunlight deposit onto mountain snow via atmospheric transport mechanisms and then lower the snow's ability to reflect sunlight, which increases snowmelt. Herein we present a model aiming to simulate this effect and model the impacts on the streamflow of a southern Norwegian river. We find a significant difference in streamflow between simulations with and without the effect of light absorbing particles applied, in particular during spring melt.