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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:  Mathematik  Physik

Tags  Messwerterfassung ,  Nachhaltigkeit ,  Klimawandel ,  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.

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