The zonal and global albedos of the Earth

A. Henderson-Sellers, A. J. Meadows

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Changes in global albedo of the Earth can depend on regional variations in reflectivity. Compared here are three regional factors that have been considered capable of causing significant changes in global albedo, representing them approximately by zonal averages. The calculations suggest that: 1) large latitudinal changes in ice cover will have only slight effect on the planetary albedo, and 2) latitudinal shifts in the cloud belts can produce significant changes in the planetary albedo. - from Authors

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)170-173
Number of pages4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1979


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