gcmd_keyword : SNOW/ICE>ALBEDO

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definition Albedo is the ratio of the radiation (radiant energy or luminous energy) reflected by a surface to that incident on it. Snow and cloud surfaces have a high albedo, because most of the energy of the visible solar spectrum is reflected. Vegetation and ocean surfaces have low albedo, because they absorb a large fraction of the energy. Clouds are the chief cause of variations in the Earth's albedo.
identifier 41ebe049-230e-4ff7-acb1-43de68ace83e
label ALBEDO
parent_identifier aa35a52f-e3d9-41bd-abd2-ec7e1a8101d1
GCMD Metadata 41ebe049-230e-4ff7-acb1-43de68ace83e
Ancestors ALBEDO < SNOW/ICE < CRYOSPHERE < EARTH SCIENCE < Science Keywords