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General circulation model intercomparisons for understanding climate
Author(s): Robert D. Cess
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Paper Abstract

Understanding the cause of differences among general circulation model pro jections of carbon dioxideinduced climatic change is a necessary step toward improving the models. An intercomparison of 17 atmospheric general circulation models for which sea surface temperature perturbations were used as a surrogate climate change showed that there was a roughly threefold variation in global climate sensitivity. Most of this variation Is attributable to to differences in the models'' depictions of cloudclimate feedback a result that emphasizes the need for improvements In the treatment of clouds in these models if they are ulti mately to be used as climatic predictors.

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Date Published: 1 September 1990
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 1299, Long-Term Monitoring of the Earth's Radiation Budget, (1 September 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.21359
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Robert D. Cess, SUNY/Stony Brook (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1299:
Long-Term Monitoring of the Earth's Radiation Budget
Bruce R. Barkstrom, Editor(s)

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