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Estimating the Earth’s Albedo
Earth’s albedo determines amount of solar radiation reflected by Earth’s surface. Carry out a lab exercise to measure Earth’s albedo using a light pro and coloured paper to resemble different surfaces
Publisher: T³ Europe
Editor: Ian Galloway, Christine Buerki
Author: Armando Severino
Topic: Mathematics , Physics
Tags Data collection , Sustainability , Climate Change , SDG 13: Climate Action , SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
The Earth’s albedo determines the amount of solar radiation reflected by the Earth’s surface, it is about 30%. Students carry out a laboratory exercise to measure the Earth’s albedo using a light probe and coloured paper to resemble different surfaces. They calculate the percentage of light reflected and consider why this is important when constructing models for climate change.