Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


Adam Schneider
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Adam M Schneider

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Office: 1546 SRB
Phone: 614-395-5828


  • Ph.D., M.S. Atmospheric, Oceanic, and Space Sciences; University of Michigan2018
  • B.S. Applied Mathematics; Bowling Green State University, 2010


  • Snow and ice albedo feedback
  • Radiative transfer in ice/air media
  • The Near-Infrared Emitting and Reflectance-Monitoring Dome (NERD)

Personal Introduction

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering doctoral program.  I like to approach science and engineering problems from multiple perspectives using modeling, scientific programming, instrumentation, and data analysis.  My dissertation is titled "Earth's Cryosphere Albedo Feedback:  From the Global Scale to Snow Metamorphosis."

Specializations and Research Interests

  • Snow specific surface area measurements
  • Monte Carlo photon modeling of snow bidirectional reflectance factors
  • 3D microscopy of snow
  • Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 multi-model ensemble dataset


Peer reviewed research articles:
  • Benjamin E. Smith, Alex Gardner, Adam Schneider, Mark Flanner, Modeling biases in laser-altimetry measurements caused by scattering of green light in snow, Remote Sensing of Environment, Volume 215, 15 September 2018, Pages 398-410, ISSN 0034-4257,
  • Schneider, A., Flanner, M., & Perket, J. (2018). Multidecadal variability in surface albedo feedback across CMIP5 modelsGeophysical Research Letters45, 1972–1980.

Selected conference abstracts:

  • Schneider, A. and M. Flanner (2017), In Situ Observations of Snow Metamorphosis Acceleration Induced by Dust and Black Carbon, Abstract C13B-0954 presented at 2017 Fall Meeting, AGU, New Orleans, Louis., 11-15 Dec.
  • Schneider, A., M. Flanner, P. Yang, B. Yi, X. Huang, and D. Feldman (2016), How Can Polarization States of Reflected Light from Snow Surfaces Inform Us on Surface Normals and Ultimately Snow Grain Size Measurements?, Abstract C33B-0790 presented at 2016 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 11-15 Dec.
  • Schneider, A., M. Flanner, P. Yang, B. Yi, X. Huang, and D. Feldman (2015), Monte Carlo Photon Modeling to Explore the Dependence of Snow Bidirectional Reflectance on Grain Shape and Size, Abstract C13C-0819 presented at 2015 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 14-18 Dec.
  • Schneider, A., and M. Flanner (2014), Measuring Snow Grain Size with the Near-Infrared Emitting Reflectance Dome (NERD), Abstract C51B-0270 presented at 2014 Fall Meeting, AGU, San Francisco, Calif., 15-19 Dec.
Updated: 2018-06-27