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radiative forcing

(difference between a planet's incoming and outgoing radiation)

Radiative forcing (RF) is the difference in a planet's incoming and outgoing radiation per square unit of surface per unit of time, i.e., power per unit area. (For Earth, this would be insolation minus earthshine-per-unit-area.) It is affected by the planet's albedo, the greenhouse effects of its atmosphere and the planet's black-body radiation.

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