Passive Microwave

Detecting Snow Wetness and Icing

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Snow wetness and icing can affect ecosystem processes at multiple spatial and temporal scales including hydrology, carbon cycling, wildlife movement, and human transportation. Snow wetness occurs when the cold content of part or all of the snowpack is less than the positive energy fluxes from radiative, sensible, or latent heat transfer. Icing events normally occur daily in the spring and summer and less predictably following wintertime rain on snow or warm weather.