Albedo Effect

Albedo effect is the percentage of incoming light reflected of a surface. For example, the earth surface receives energy solely from the sun in the form of  light / ultraviolet (UV) radiation ation. Some of the radiation are stored in the earth while the rest are reflected of the earth surface in the form of infrared heat. The stored radiation provides warmth for the earth and could lead to the increasing trend of warming termed global warming. The relected portion constitutes the albedo effect.

The albedo effect of a surface can range from 0 (all incoming radiation absorbed; none was reflected) to 1 (all incoming radiations reflected; none was absorbed).

References and other related internal links:

The Albedo Effect - ECOCEM

Environment and Energy Knowledge Database

Natural and Human Causes of Climate Change



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