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Greenhouse effect, radiative forcing and climate sensitivity

Ponater, Michael and Dietmüller, Simone and Sausen, Robert (2012) Greenhouse effect, radiative forcing and climate sensitivity. In: Atmospheric Physics: Background - Methods - Trends Research Topics in Aerospace. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. pp. 85-100. ISBN 978-3-642-30182-7. ISSN 2194-8240

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Temperature conditions and climate on Earth are controlled by the balance between absorbed solar radiation and outgoing terrestrial radiation. The greenhouse effect is a synonym for the trapping of infrared radiation by radiatively active atmospheric constituents. It generally causes a warming of the planet’s surface, compared to the case without atmosphere. Perturbing the radiation balance of the planet, e.g., by anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions, induces climate change. Individual contributions to a total climate impact are usually quantified and ranked in terms of their respective radiative forcing. This method involves some limitations, because the effect of the external forcing is modified by radiative feedbacks. Here the current concept of radiative forcing and potential improvements are explained.

Document Type:Book Section
Title:Greenhouse effect, radiative forcing and climate sensitivity
AuthorsInstitution or Email of Authors
Ponater, Michael DLR
Dietmüller, Simone DLR
Sausen, Robert DLR
Journal or Publication Title:Atmospheric Physics: Background - Methods - Trends
Refereed publication:Yes
Page Range:pp. 85-100
Schumann, U.DLR
Publisher:Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Series Name:Research Topics in Aerospace
Keywords:albedo, climate feedback, climate sensitivity, efficacy emissivity, greenhouse gas, radiative Forcing
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Aeronautics, Space and Transport, Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Transport, Space, Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Transport System, Earth Observation, ATM and Operation
DLR - Research area:Transport, Raumfahrt, Aeronautics
DLR - Program:V VS - Verkehrssystem, R EO - Erdbeobachtung, L AO - Air Traffic Management and Operation
DLR - Research theme (Project):V - Projekt Verkehrsentwicklung und Umwelt, R - Vorhaben Atmosphären- und Klimaforschung, L - Climate, Weather and Environment
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Atmospheric Physics > Atmospheric Dynamics
Deposited By: Jana Freund
Deposited On:24 Jul 2012 13:34
Last Modified:14 Feb 2013 12:55

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