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Unformatted text preview: t What happens to the solar radiation as it passes through the atmosphere? t Molecules and particles in the atmosphere intercept and absorb radiation. t 3 things: t Reflection t Scattering t Absorption t Carbon Dioxide and water vapor biggest absorbers. Albedo: It is expressed as a percentage of incoming solar radiation that is reflected back to space. Reflectivity of land surfaces varies with surface cover type. Fresh Snow: 75-95% Clouds: 44-90% depending on cloud type Deciduous Forest: 10-20% Water: Varies with angle of inclination of sun over that water surface. Albedo of Earth = 30%...
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2011 for the course GEOGRAPHY 600-201010 taught by Professor Christopherpost during the Spring '10 term at Kent State.
- Spring '10