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Let’s take a look at some maps of quantities that could potentially affect Earth’s albedo. I generated the following maps using CERES data from the SYN1deg Edition 4.1 Terra-Aqua dataset.
Table of Contents
- Changes in Quantities
- Baseline Quantities
Changes in Quantities
Changes in Non-Cloud Albedo Contributions
Changes in Snow/Ice Cover
Changes in Aerosol Contribution to Albedo
Note that aerosol contributions to albedo are small, so contours in the following maps are more closely spaced than the contours in the above maps of changes in non-cloud contributions to albedo. The aerosol contributions shown here are barely detectable in the maps of overall non-cloud contributions.