Ice Albedo: Bright White Reflects Light

This animation provides a close perspective of the relationship between ice and solar reflectivity. As glaciers, the polar caps, and icebergs (shown here) melt, less sunlight gets reflected into space. Instead, the oceans and land absorb the light, thus raising the overall temperature and adding energy to a vicious circle.

Animation Credits

Susan Twardy (HTSI): Lead Animator
James Hansen Ph.D. (NASA/GSFC GISS): Scientist
Kathryn A. Stofer: Writer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab

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