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Del Genio 2013

Del Genio, A.D., 2013: Physical processes controlling Earth's climate. In Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets. S.J. Mackwell, A.A. Simon-Miller, J.W. Harder, and M.A. Bullock, Eds., Space Science Series, University of Arizona Press, pp. 3-18, doi:10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816530595-ch001.

As background for consideration of the climates of the other terrestrial planets in our solar system and the potential habitability of rocky exoplanets, we discuss the basic physics that controls the Earth's present climate, with particular emphasis on the energy and water cycles. We define several dimensionless parameters relevant to characterizing a planet's general circulation, climate, and hydrological cycle. We also consider issues associated with the use of past climate variations as indicators of future anthropogenically forced climate change, and recent advances in understanding projections of future climate that might have implications for Earth-like exoplanets.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Del Genio, A. D.},
  editor={Mackwell, S. J. and Simon-Miller, A. A. and Harder, J. W. and Bullock, M. A.},
  title={Physical processes controlling Earth's climate},
  booktitle={Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets},
  publisher={University of Arizona Press},
  series={Space Science Series},

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RIS Citation

ID  - de00600y
AU  - Del Genio, A. D.
ED  - Mackwell, S. J.
ED  - Simon-Miller, A. A.
ED  - Harder, J. W.
ED  - Bullock, M. A.
PY  - 2013
TI  - Physical processes controlling Earth's climate
BT  - Comparative Climatology of Terrestrial Planets
T3  - Space Science Series
SP  - 3
EP  - 18
DO  - 10.2458/azu_uapress_9780816530595-ch001
PB  - University of Arizona Press
CY  - Phoenix
ER  -

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