Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1403–1416, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1403-2018
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 11, 1403–1416, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/amt-11-1403-2018

Research article 12 Mar 2018

Research article | 12 Mar 2018

Light-absorption of dust and elemental carbon in snow in the Indian Himalayas and the Finnish Arctic

Jonas Svensson et al.

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Receding glaciers in the Himalayas are of concern. Here we present measurements of light-absorbing impurities, known to contribute to the ongoing glacier decrease, in snow from Indian Himalayas and compare them to snow samples from the Finnish Arctic. The soot particles in the snow are shown to have lower light absorbing efficiency, possibly affecting their radiative forcing potential in the snow. Further, dust influences the snow in the Himalayas to a much greater extent than in Finland.