Snow specific surface area (SSA) measurements during the ALERT2018 campaign


The IceCube is a commercial instrument manufactured by A2 Photonic Sensors that provides specific surface area (SSA). The IceCube measures hemispherical reflectance of a snow sample by illuminating it using a laser diode at a wavelength of 1310 nm. The reflectance is recorded as voltage using a signal-to-reflectance relationship. From the recorded reflectance, SSA is obtained using a radiative transfer model. To obtain reliable SSA values, a smooth surface of the snow sample is required. In some cases, e.g. for brittle depth hoar or large grains, it may be difficult to ensure a flat surface and instead hollows or out sticking grains may occur, increasing the uncertainty of the measurement. The IceCube measurements were obtained in connection to classical snow pits during the ALERT2018 campaign in May 2018 over the sea ice in the Lincoln Sea at representative locations of the floes. Measurements were done on an undisturbed shaded working wall of the snow pit by extracting samples 6 cm in diameter and in 3 cm vertical resolution.

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Creator Jutila, Arttu ORCID logo
Publisher PANGAEA
Publication Year 2023
Rights Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International;
OpenAccess true
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 171 data points
Discipline Natural Sciences; Physics
Spatial Coverage (-62.480W, 82.563S, -62.426E, 82.578N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2018-05-12T18:15:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2018-05-22T14:00:00Z