Astrophysics (index)


(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, and provides clues regarding its material and Atmosphere.


Referenced by:
Equilibrium Temperature (Teq)
Phase Curve
Radiative Forcing (RF)
Transit Spectroscopy