Albedo observations of the Earth’s surface for climate research

  title={Albedo observations of the Earth’s surface for climate research},
  author={A. Henderson‐sellers and M. F. Wilson},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  pages={285 - 294}
  • A. Henderson‐sellers, M. Wilson
  • Published 18 July 1983
  • Environmental Science
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
The primary input of energy to the Earth’s climate system occurs at the surface and can be highly sensitive to the surface albedo. Albedo changes have been proposed as one cause of climatic variation, but results from climate models are not yet consistent. It is very difficult to establish an agreed global data set with which to initiate comparative climatic simulations. Albedo observations must be spectrally resolved because reflexion of solar radiation is a strong function of wavelength and… Expand
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