Part 1: Introduction to Albedo

Guiding Question:

What is albedo and how does it relate to climate?


Materials (one per group):

Estimated Time: 

What to do and how to do it:

  1. INTRODUCTION: Briefly introduce the concept of albedo to the students. 
  2. Students read the Introduction To Albedo and answer the thought questions provided.  This can be completed as a homework assignment.
  3. Discuss questions students have on the reading and their answers to the thought questions. Talk about differences between satellite data and ground measurements (Satellites collect data more frequently -every few days- and have a large spatial coverage. Ground measurements are more infrequent, but can give more detailed information about a specific location).   


  1. Use the Checklist for Student Work, or your own rubric, to assess the quality of student work.