Articles | Volume 8, issue 8
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2611–2626, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-2611-2015
Geosci. Model Dev., 8, 2611–2626, 2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/gmd-8-2611-2015
Model description paper
24 Aug 2015
Model description paper | 24 Aug 2015

MEMLS3&a: Microwave Emission Model of Layered Snowpacks adapted to include backscattering

M. Proksch et al.

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The measurement of snow properties on global scale relies on microwave remote sensing data. The interpretation of the data is however challenging. Here we introduce MEMLS3&a, an extension of the snow emission model MEMLS, to include a backscatter model for active microwave remote sensing. In MEMLS3&a, snow input parameters can be derived by objective measurement methods, which avoids fitting the scattering efficiency of snow. The model is validated with combined active and passive measurements.