OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

'Albedo Effect' in Forests Can Cause Added Warming, Bonus Cooling

Wildfire, insect outbreaks and hurricanes destroy huge amounts of forest every year and increase the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere, but scientists are now learning more about another force that can significantly affect their climate impact.  Researchers, including Beverly Law, a professor in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society, conclude in a new study that the albedo effect, which controls the amount of energy reflected back into space, is important in the climatic significance of several types of major forest disturbances.