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Michael Allaby

in A Dictionary of Ecology

Fifth edition

Published online September 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191793158

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The measure of the proportion of sunlight that is reflected from cloud tops, the atmosphere, and surfaces. It is expressed as a percentage of incoming sunlight reflected, written as a percentage, whole number omitting the percentage sign, or a decimal fraction. The average albedo for the Earth is 0.30 (30 per cent). Values for particular surfaces vary widely. Typical values include: ...

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