Articles | Volume 25, issue 9
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 4967–4981, 2021
Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 25, 4967–4981, 2021
Research article
10 Sep 2021
Research article | 10 Sep 2021

Improved parameterization of snow albedo in Noah coupled with Weather Research and Forecasting: applicability to snow estimates for the Tibetan Plateau

Lian Liu et al.

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Short summary
Albedo is a key factor in land surface energy balance, which is difficult to successfully reproduce by models. Here, we select eight snow events on the Tibetan Plateau to evaluate the universal improvements of our improved albedo scheme. The RMSE relative reductions for temperature, albedo, sensible heat flux and snow depth reach 27%, 32%, 13% and 21%, respectively, with remarkable increases in the correlation coefficients. This presents a strong potential of our scheme for modeling snow events.