Earth's Albedo and Global Warming

This interactive visualization adapted from NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey illustrates the concept of albedo, which is the measure of how much solar radiation is reflected from Earth's surface.

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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio
USGS (US Geological Survey)
NSIDC (National Snow and Ice Data Center)

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The visualization is downloadable (size = 43 MB).

Background essay and discussion questions are provided.

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