Measurement of snow and ice using a Spectral Evolution field spectroradiometer, like the PSR+ can provide important information for environmental, hydrological and climatic research. The PSR+ is a full range field spectroradiometer with unmatched resolution and sensitivity. With a PSR+, researchers can:
Accurately measure albedo
Estimate snow properties
Identify different types of snow
Measure contaminants in snow and ice and their effect
Improve snow cover mapping
Estimate timing and magnitude of spring snow melt
Provide glacier characteristics and map change
Differentiate between snow and ice surface
The PSR+ take fast, accurate, high resolution scans in the field./ Rugged and reliable with no moving optical parts, it is ideal for snow and ice projects. The PSR+ features auto-shutter, auto-exposure and auto-dark correction for easy one-touch operation.
The sample scans on the right were taken with a PSR+ with a 4 degree lens. A reference scan was taken using a reference panel mounted on a tripod in the field.
DARWin SP Data Acquisition software is included with all Spectral Evolution spectrometers and spectroradiometers. The multi-plot measurement above in DARWin shows a scan of snow and one of ice taken in the Colorado Rockies after an early spring snowfall under a completely cloudless blue sky. The green plot is snow; the blue is ice.