Seasonal Influence of Insolation on Fine-Resolved Air Temperature Variation and Snowmelt
2014 (English)In: Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology, ISSN 1558-8424, E-ISSN 1558-8432, Vol. 53, no 2, 323-332 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study uses GIS-based modeling of incoming solar radiation to quantify fine-resolved spatiotemporal responses of year-round monthly average temperature within a field study area located on the eastern coast of Sweden. A network of temperature sensors measures surface and near-surface air temperatures during a year from June 2011 to June 2012. Strong relationships between solar radiation and temperature exhibited during the growing season (supporting previous work) break down in snow cover and snowmelt periods. Surface temperature measurements are here used to estimate snow cover duration, relating the timing of snowmelt to low performance of an existing linear model developed for the investigated site. This study demonstrates that linearity between insolation and temperature 1) may only be valid for solar radiation levels above a certain threshold and 2) is affected by the consumption of incoming radiation during snowmelt.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 53, no 2, 323-332 p.
Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-105257DOI: 10.1175/JAMC-D-13-0217.1ISI: 000336448000008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-105257DiVA: diva2:729077