System albedo as sensed by satellites: Its definition and variability

N. A. Hughes, A. Henderson-Sellers

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System albedo is an important climatological and environmental parameter. This paper discusses some of the problems and assumptions involved in evaluating albedo from satellite data. Clear-sky and cloud albedoes over the United Kingdom and parts of north-west Europe are examined. Spectral, temporal and spatial variations and the effect of averaging are considered. The implications of these results for those currently using and archiving albedo values and for future monitoring of system albedo are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
JournalInternational Journal of Remote Sensing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1982


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