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Oinas 2018

Oinas, V., 2018: Atmospheric radiation. In Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics. C. Rosenzweig, D. Rind, A. Lacis, and D. Manley, Eds., Lectures in Climate Change, vol. 1, World Scientific, pp. 77-101, doi:10.1142/9789813148796_0004.

Most basic are the near-daily measurements of surface air temperature at meteorological stations around the globe, some dating back to the 18th century. There are also precise measurements of the key atmospheric greenhouse gases (CO2, CH4, N2O, O3, CFCs) that are associated with fossil fuel burning and with other human industrial activities. Accurate monitoring of changes in solar irradiance and other radiative forcings that impact the climate system is likewise important. But these latter effects are small compared to the anthropogenic greenhouse gas forcings. The other important components of the scientific documentation of global climate change include field campaigns, theoretical studies, and laboratory analysis of climate-constituent radiative properties.

Given the limited length of recorded climate data and the complexity of the natural variability that is superimposed on the steadily increasing global warming component, statistical analyses of the measured data alone are not sufficient to establish a convincing cause-and effect relationship between increasing atmospheric greenhouse gases and the increase in global surface temperature. Comprehensive global climate models (GCMs) are needed to quantify, attribute, and completely understand the relative importance of the individual components of the climate system, and their role and contribution to the ongoing global warming and climate change.

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BibTeX Citation

  author={Oinas, V.},
  editor={Rosenzweig, C. and Rind, D. and Lacis, A. and Manley, D.},
  title={Atmospheric radiation},
  booktitle={Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics},
  publisher={World Scientific},
  series={Lectures in Climate Change},

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RIS Citation

ID  - oi08000i
AU  - Oinas, V.
ED  - Rosenzweig, C.
ED  - Rind, D.
ED  - Lacis, A.
ED  - Manley, D.
PY  - 2018
TI  - Atmospheric radiation
BT  - Our Warming Planet: Topics in Climate Dynamics
T3  - Lectures in Climate Change
VL  - 1
SP  - 77
EP  - 101
DO  - 10.1142/9789813148796_0004
PB  - World Scientific
ER  -

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