Research Brief: Quantifying Climate Impacts of Surface Albedo

July 15, 2015

Any changes that occur in one place in an atmospheric system, due to factors such as wind speed, temperature, and surface albedo (the measure of the fraction of solar energy reflected by the Earth’s surface), can impact the system as a whole. Using the U.S. Weather Research and Forecasting model (WRF) for a given year, CSHub researchers studied existing natural conditions, then adjusted surface albedo, to study the impact of this factor on the climate. MORE