Albedo Values – GK Book

Allbedo Values
Ocean has typical albedo value of 0.06

The term “albedo” means whiteness. It is the measurement of the diffuse relection of solar radiation (light) out of total solar radiation received by the object. It is measured on the scale of 0 to 1. A body with very high albedo, near 1, is very bright and shiny. While a body with a low albedo value, near 0, is dark in nature. The Moon has an average albedo of 0.12, Venus 0.76, Earth 0.37.

Albedo Values for Different Surfaces

Surface Albedo Value
Fresh asphalt 0.04
Ocean 0.06
Worn asphalt 0.12
Mixed forest 0.09-0.12
Conifer forest 0.09-0.15
Corrugated roof 0.10-0.15
Open shrubland 0.12-0.14
Savanna 0.133-0.14
Deciduous trees 0.15-0.18
Coloured paint 0.15-0.35
Grassland 0.165-0.185
Bare soil 0.17
Green grass 0.25
Desert sand 0.40
New concrete 0.55
Ocean ice 0.50-0.70
Fresh snow 0.80

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