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Albedo

(measure of reflectance)

Albedo is a measure of reflectance, i.e., the fraction of incoming light that is reflected. The Earth's albedo varies over the planet and conditions: water versus land, snow cover, cloud cover, city versus country, forest versus desert.

The general albedo of a planet or Moon can be inferred from calculated incoming versus observed outgoing Electromagnetic Radiation (EMR), and provides clues regarding its material and Atmosphere.


(planets,EMR)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albedo

Referenced by:
Abundances
Earthshine
Phase Curve
Radiative Forcing (RF)

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