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Cohen and Rind 1991

Cohen, J.L., and D. Rind, 1991: The effect of snow cover on the climate. J. Climate, 4, 689-706, doi:10.1175/1520-0442(1991)004<0689:TEOSCO>2.0.CO;2.

Large-scale snow cover anomalies are thought to cause significant changes in the diabatic heating of the earth's surface in such a way as to produce substantial local cooling in the surface temperatures. This theory was tested using the GISS 3D GCM (General Circulation Model). The results of the GCM experiment showed that snow cover caused only a short term local decrease in the surface temperature. In the surface energy budget, reduction in absorbed shortwave radiation and the increased latent heat sink of melting snow contributed to lower temperatures. However, all the remaining heating terms contribute to increasing the net heating over a snow covered surface. The results emphasize the negative feedback which limits the impact of snow cover anomalies over longer time scales.

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  author={Cohen, J. L. and Rind, D.},
  title={The effect of snow cover on the climate},
  journal={Journal of Climate},

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ID  - co06000k
AU  - Cohen, J. L.
AU  - Rind, D.
PY  - 1991
TI  - The effect of snow cover on the climate
JA  - J. Climate
JO  - Journal of Climate
VL  - 4
SP  - 689
EP  - 706
DO  - 10.1175/1520-0442(1991)004%3C0689%3ATEOSCO%3E2.0.CO;2
ER  -

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