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Changes in Earth's Albedo Measured by Satellite

Science  06 May 2005:
Vol. 308, Issue 5723, pp. 825
DOI: 10.1126/science.1106484

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Abstract

NASA global satellite data provide observations of Earth's albedo, i.e., the fraction of incident solar radiation that is reflected back to space. The satellite data show that the last four years are within natural variability and fail to confirm the 6% relative increase in albedo inferred from observations of earthshine from the moon. Longer global satellite records will be required to discern climate trends in Earth's albedo.

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