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Title: Observations of the ultraviolet spectral reflectance of snow
Authors: U.S. Army Mobility Equipment Research & Development Command.
United States. Army Materiel Command.
O'Brien, Harold W.
Keywords: Snow
Snow reflectance
Ultraviolet spectroscopy
Spectrophotometric measurements
Ultraviolet spectral reflectance of snow
Publisher: Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (U.S.)
Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: CRREL report ; 77-27.
Description: CRREL Report
Abstract: The spectral reflectance of natural snow in the range of 0.20- to about 0.40-μm wavelengths was studied in the laboratory using both continuous spectral scanning and fixed bandpass measurements. White barium sulfate pressed powder was used as a standard for comparison. The reflectance of fresh snow was found to be very high (usually nearly 100%) and only weakly wavelength dependent from 0.24 μm to the visible range. In the 0.20- to 0.24-μm portion of the spectrum, the reflectance was found to be quite erratic. Possible reasons for the irregularities in reflectance measurements are discussed.
Rights: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited.
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