The albedo of Earth

  title={The albedo of Earth},
  author={Graeme L. Stephens and Denis M. O'Brien and Peter J. Webster and Peter Pilewski and Seiji Kato and Jui-Lin Frank Li},
  journal={Reviews of Geophysics},
  pages={141 - 163}
The fraction of the incoming solar energy scattered by Earth back to space is referred to as the planetary albedo. This reflected energy is a fundamental component of the Earth's energy balance, and the processes that govern its magnitude, distribution, and variability shape Earth's climate and climate change. We review our understanding of Earth's albedo as it has progressed to the current time and provide a global perspective of our understanding of the processes that define it. Joint… 

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