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Yes, I fell off the earth - working now on 6 sets of data & repairing the website!
(Thank you for your patience!!)

 Please join my students working on this project and submit a picture from your unique location!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - any earth surface, any daylight hour!

Albedo is the measure of how much of the sun’s energy is reflected back from the Earth. It is one way scientists can monitor how much energy – and heat – is being absorbed by our planet.

By contributing to the Albedo Project, you will be providing data that can be used to examine the similarities and differences of reflectivity around the world.

  • Should grassy surfaces have the same value in Brazil as in Norway?
  • How does clay soil in the southeastern USA differ from sandy desert in the southwestern USA?
  • Is there any difference in urban “hot spots” that can be attributed to latitude?

Many parameters are relevant to climate change; albedo is merely one of them. The simplicity of this activity, however, allows us to readily capture and build up an ongoing, long-term record of albedo. Participation in authentic research can empower everyone to advocate for global warming mitigation strategies.

Individuals, schools, small and large groups can all use these data to help inform activities that are appropriate and effective for their communities. Whether it is maintaining the health of parks and green spaces, or legislating green building codes, there is something each can do. It is the hope of this project to present some of the actions taken, as well as follow their albedo records over time.

Next data collection event will be
December 31, 2013
New Year's Eve Day!

The first data map has been damaged; it will be replaced asap.
Event details are also on Facebook.

~~~ More information and activities are coming soon! ~~~
~~~ Pages are under continual construction. ~~~

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