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Schmidt 2012

Schmidt, G.A., 2012: Climate sensitivity - How sensitive is Earth's climate to CO2? PAGES News, 20, no. 1, 11.

The climate record definitively shows that the Earth's climate is sensitive to various drivers, including greenhouse gases, orbital variations and continental shifts. Unfortunately, there are no past analogs for the anticipated 21st Century climate changes, and so a principal challenge in applying these constraints to the future is to interpret these changes quantitatively. At the global scale, the framework of radiative forcing and response is a powerful method to constrain sensitivity, however, there are many nuances. First, the system being described needs to be defined - what are the forcings, and what are the responses? Second, there needs to be clarity in how the calculated sensitivity relates to either the "climate sensitivity" determined by models, or the related concept of the transient climate response.

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  author={Schmidt, G. A.},
  title={Climate sensitivity - How sensitive is Earth's climate to CO2?},
  journal={PAGES News},

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ID  - sc00500s
AU  - Schmidt, G. A.
PY  - 2012
TI  - Climate sensitivity - How sensitive is Earth's climate to CO2?
JA  - PAGES News
VL  - 20
IS  - 1
SP  - 11
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