Check Your Thinking: How does the capacity of snow and ice to reflect sunlight impact the Earth’s energy budget?   Albedo is a measurement that indicates the amount of reflection of solar radiation by an object. Latin comes into play again here. Albus is Latin for white, which you will recognize from the English word […]

Absorption & Reflection of Energy

Now, let’s think about absorption and reflection in relationship to Earth’s systems and the energy budget. The components of Earth’s systems (air, water, land, and living things) reflect and absorb solar radiation in ways that moderate the global energy budget. A simple activity that you may have done with your students is to place different […]

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The MSP project is funded by an ESEA, Title II Part B Mathematics and Science Partnership Grant through the Montana Office of Public Instruction. MSP was developed by the Clark Fork Watershed Education Program and faculty from Montana Tech of The University of Montana and Montana State University, with support from other Montana University System Faculty.