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Cess et al. 1990

Cess, R.D., G.L. Potter, J.P. Blanchet, G.J. Boer, A.D. Del Genio, M. Deque, V. Dymnikov, V. Galin, W.L. Gates, S.J. Ghan, J.T. Kiehl, A.A. Lacis, H. Le Treut, Z.-X. Li, X.-Z. Liang, B.J. McAvaney, V.P. Meleshko, J.F.B. Mitchell, J.-J. Morcrette, D.A. Randall, L. Rikus, E. Roeckner, J.F. Royer, U. Schlese, D.A. Sheinin, A. Slingo, A.P. Sokolov, K.E. Taylor, W.M. Washington, R.T. Wetherald, I. Yagai, and M.-H. Zhang, 1990: Intercomparison and interpretation of climate feedback processes in 19 atmospheric general circulation models. J. Geophys. Res., 95, 16601-16615, doi:10.1029/JD095iD10p16601.

The need to understand differences among general circulation model projections of CO2-induced climatic change has motivated the present study, which provides an intercomparison and interpretation of climate feedback processes in 19 atmospheric general circulation models. This intercomparison uses sea surface temperature change as a surrogate for climate change. The interpretation of cloud-climate interactions is given special attention. A roughly threefold variation in one measure of global climate sensitivity is found among the 19 models. The important conclusion is that most of this variation is attributable to differences in the models' depiction of cloud feedback, a result that emphasizes the need for improvements in the treatment of clouds in these models if they are ultimately to be used as reliable climate predictors. It is further emphazied that cloud feedback is the consequence of all interacting physical and dynamical processes in a general circulation model. The result of these processes is to produce changes in temperature, moisture distribution, and clouds which are integrated into the radiative response termed cloud feedback.

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@article{ce03000u,
  author={Cess, R. D. and Potter, G. L. and Blanchet, J. P. and Boer, G. J. and Del Genio, A. D. and Deque, M. and Dymnikov, V. and Galin, V. and Gates, W. L. and Ghan, S. J. and Kiehl, J. T. and Lacis, A. A. and Le Treut, H. and Li, Z.-X. and Liang, X.-Z. and McAvaney, B. J. and Meleshko, V. P. and Mitchell, J. F. B. and Morcrette, J.-J. and Randall, D. A. and Rikus, L. and Roeckner, E. and Royer, J. F. and Schlese, U. and Sheinin, D. A. and Slingo, A. and Sokolov, A. P. and Taylor, K. E. and Washington, W. M. and Wetherald, R. T. and Yagai, I. and Zhang, M.-H.},
  title={Intercomparison and interpretation of climate feedback processes in 19 atmospheric general circulation models},
  year={1990},
  journal={J. Geophys. Res.},
  volume={95},
  pages={16601--16615},
  doi={10.1029/JD095iD10p16601},
}

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TY  - JOUR
ID  - ce03000u
AU  - Cess, R. D.
AU  - Potter, G. L.
AU  - Blanchet, J. P.
AU  - Boer, G. J.
AU  - Del Genio, A. D.
AU  - Deque, M.
AU  - Dymnikov, V.
AU  - Galin, V.
AU  - Gates, W. L.
AU  - Ghan, S. J.
AU  - Kiehl, J. T.
AU  - Lacis, A. A.
AU  - Le Treut, H.
AU  - Li, Z.-X.
AU  - Liang, X.-Z.
AU  - McAvaney, B. J.
AU  - Meleshko, V. P.
AU  - Mitchell, J. F. B.
AU  - Morcrette, J.-J.
AU  - Randall, D. A.
AU  - Rikus, L.
AU  - Roeckner, E.
AU  - Royer, J. F.
AU  - Schlese, U.
AU  - Sheinin, D. A.
AU  - Slingo, A.
AU  - Sokolov, A. P.
AU  - Taylor, K. E.
AU  - Washington, W. M.
AU  - Wetherald, R. T.
AU  - Yagai, I.
AU  - Zhang, M.-H.
PY  - 1990
TI  - Intercomparison and interpretation of climate feedback processes in 19 atmospheric general circulation models
JA  - J. Geophys. Res.
VL  - 95
SP  - 16601
EP  - 16615
DO  - 10.1029/JD095iD10p16601
ER  -

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