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Refers to reflection power or the portion of solar radiation that reaches a body (earth) surface and is immediately reflected back into the atmosphere. The uncertainty in the reflective power of clouds unfortunately increases the complexity of determining clouds' effects on modeling global warming.

[New Scientist; v141; 16; 1994.] [Sky Telescope; v85; 84; 1993.]

Source: Atmospheric Chemistry Glossary

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