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  • noun The extent to which a material absorbs light


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  • It therefore follows that the CO2 increase will increase the overall thermal absorbtivity of the mixture by about one eighth of one percent.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with... 2009

  • But the thermal absorbtivity of water vapour is four times larger than that of carbon dioxide.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with... 2009

  • In the atmosphere below 100 km there is always a local effective temperature, thus the absorbtivity of the GHGs equals its emissivity Kirchhoff's law

    Archive 2008-06-01 EliRabett 2008

  • If I include arbitrary “weighting factors” to account for surface dryness and absorbtivity, I can improve the correlation greatly.

    Unthreaded #21 « Climate Audit 2007

  • The difference in daytime heating between whitewash and latex indicates a significant difference in absorbtivity/emissivity which must be the same for a given wavelength in the near infrared — Anthony’s experiment so far seems to be a confirmation of the posited difference here.

    Latex Matters « Climate Audit 2007


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