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Remote Sens., Volume 10, Issue 10 (October 2018)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Warming of the Northern Hemisphere high latitudes and the observed changes in boreal forest areas [...] Read more. Warming of the Northern Hemisphere high latitudes and the observed changes in boreal forest areas affect the global surface albedo and climate. This study looks at the melt seasons of land areas between 40°N and 80°N over the years from 1982 to 2015. The analysis is based on optical satellite data. The results show that the changes in surface albedo already begin before the start of the melt. The largest absolute changes in pre-melt-season albedo are concentrated in the areas of the boreal forest, while the pre-melt albedo of tundra remains unchanged. Trends in melt season timing are also consistent over large areas. The changes result in longer and shorter melt seasons, as well as changes in the timing of the melt, depending on the area. The changes in albedo are more closely linked to changes in vegetation, whereas the changes in melt season timing are linked to changes in climate. View this paper.