Cooling factors

This qualitative graphic illustrates the various factors that affect the amount of solar radiation hitting or being absorbed by Earth's surface such as aerosols, clouds, and albedo.

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Philippe Rekacewicz
UNEP/GRID-Arendal

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Can be used to teach about albedo.

Educator may need to look further into albedo - open water also reflects and ice also absorbs, but it's the relative effect; also explore with students how albedo works.

Educator may need to alleviate confusion about how aerosols are both reflecting and absorbing energy.

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