Understanding Albedo

This activity teaches students about the albedo of surfaces and how it relates to the ice-albedo feedback effect. During an experiment, students observe the albedo of two different colored surfaces by measuring the temperature change of a white and black surface under a lamp.

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Geophysical Institute at University of Fairbanks

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

The educator should explain the limitations of the model because they are using a light bulb, which is different than the radiation from the Sun.

The educator could conduct activity outdoors rather than using a 60W light bulb so as to avoid confusion between solar radiation and "heat."