Definition of albedo
: reflective power; specifically : the fraction of incident radiation (such as light) that is reflected by a surface or body (such as the moon or a cloud) — compare reflectance
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Soot — which emerges from combustion and is largely comprised of a substance called black carbon – influences a property of snow called albedo, or reflectivity.
Less sea ice means the planet's reflectivity (what scientists call albedo) declines and our planet absorbs more heat from the sun.
This cycle is known as the ice-albedo feedback loop.
This makes the reflectiveness, or albedo, different from the regions around it.
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Origin and Etymology of albedo
Late Latin, whiteness, from Latin albus
First Known Use: 1860See Words from the same year
Medical Definition of albedo
: the fraction of incident light or electromagnetic radiation that is reflected by a surface or body (as the moon or the skin)
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