Ground solar reflectance

The solar reflectance of the ground is the fraction (between 0 and 1) of solar/shortwave radiation incident on the ground that is reflected. It is also called albedo.

Unit: dimensionless quantity

Example values

Case Value Source
Asphalt 0.08 None Vogt 2018 : MR Vogt, T Gewohn, K Bothe, C Schinke, and R Brendel. Impact of using spectrally resolved ground albedo data for performance simulations of bifacial modules. In Proceedings of the 35th Eur. Photovolt. Sol. Energy Conference Exhibition, Brussels, 1011–1016. 2018.
Snow (fresh, maximum value) 0.9 None Douville 1995 : H Douville, J-F Royer, and J-F Mahfouf. A new snow parameterization for the meteo-france climate model. Climate Dynamics, 12(1):21–35, 1995.
Snow (minimum value) 0.5 None Douville 1995 : H Douville, J-F Royer, and J-F Mahfouf. A new snow parameterization for the meteo-france climate model. Climate Dynamics, 12(1):21–35, 1995.