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Evaluation of the Surface Energy Budget and Atmospheric Boundary Layer over Snow at Barrow, AK Using the O/FSU 1DCAPS Model

Title: An Evaluation of the Surface Energy Budget and Atmospheric Boundary Layer over Snow at Barrow, AK Using the O/FSU 1DCAPS Model.
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Name(s): Kaepplinger, Ashley, author
Ruscher, Paul, professor directing thesis
Gallard, Alejandro, committee member
Liu, Guosheng, committee member
Nicholson, Sharon, committee member
Department of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Indications of climatic warming are expected to be greatest over high latitudes and high altitudes, the regions where the cyrosphere is present. Mountain glaciers, in particular, can be an early detector for man-induced climate change, and it is a representative indicator for the surface energy balance for remote polar or high altitude locations. Previous research has shown the surface energy budget over a snow surface can either over-estimate or severely under-estimate the radiation processes. This is due to the complexities of the snow surface including high but variable albedo, low thermal conductivity, low roughness length, and maintaining the ability to store water for long periods of time. For this study, the surface energy balance over Barrow, Alaska will be modeled using the O/FSU 1-D Coupled Atmosphere-Plant-Soils Model and compared against observations over a snow pack for twenty-seven events from 2004 though 2010. Different formulations for albedo over snow surfaces will be used to determine optimal radiation budget and boundary layer structure calculations. Results from this study have implications on climate research and future land surface models.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-5374 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: June 12, 2012.
Keywords: snow surface, surface energy balance
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Paul Ruscher, Professor Directing Thesis; Alejandro Gallard, Committee Member; Guosheng Liu, Committee Member; Sharon Nicholson, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Earth sciences
Oceanography
Atmospheric sciences
Geophysics
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-5374
Owner Institution: FSU

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Kaepplinger, A. (2012). An Evaluation of the Surface Energy Budget and Atmospheric Boundary Layer over Snow at Barrow, AK Using the O/FSU 1DCAPS Model. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_migr_etd-5374