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Effect of snow grain shape on snow albedo
(Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences, 2016-06)
Radiative transfer models of snow albedo have usually assumed a spherical shape for the snow grains, using Mie theory to compute single-scattering properties. The scattering by more realistic, nonspherical snow grains is less in the forward direction and more to the sides, resulting in a smaller asymmetry factor g (the mean ...