Snow in Science, Culture, and Climate

Snow in the Field


Researchers from the University of Alaska Fairbanks are conducting the Snow Ice Albedo (SALVO) project in Utqiaġvik, Alaska in 2022 to study Arctic snowmelt and its impact on climate. Albedo, the efficiency of reflecting light, shifts dramatically during the melt season from high to low reflection, influencing regional and global climate. The SALVO project investigates how water, substrate, and topography contribute to Arctic snowmelt rates and spatial patterns, covering both tundra and sea-ice sites.


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