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Ringberg15: Earth's climate sensitivity. 23-27 March, Schloss Ringberg, Germany

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Stevens,  Björn
Director’s Research Group AES, The Atmosphere in the Earth System, MPI for Meteorology, Max Planck Society;

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Stevens, B., Abe-Ouchi, A., Bony, S., Hegerl, G., Schmidt, G., Sherwood, S., et al. (2015). Ringberg15: Earth's climate sensitivity. 23-27 March, Schloss Ringberg, Germany. WCRP Report, 11/2015.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0027-1280-6
Abstract
To assess gaps in understanding of Earth’s climate sensitivities a workshop was organised under the auspices of the WCRP Grand Science Challenge on Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity (Ringberg15). The workshop took place in March 2015 and gathered together over thirty experts from around the world for one week. Attendees each gave short presentations and participated in moderated discussions of specific questions related to understanding Earth’s climate sensitivities. Most of the time was focused on understanding of the equilibrium climate sensitivity, defined as the equilibrium near-surface warming associated with a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide. The workshop produced nine recommendations, many of them focusing on specific research avenues that could be exploited to advance understanding of climate sensitivity. Many of these dealt, in one fashion or another, with the need to more sharply focus research on identifying and testing story lines for a high (larger than 4K) or low (less than 2 K) equilibrium climate sensitivity. Additionally, a subset of model intercomparison projects (CFMIP, PMIP, PDRMIP, RFMIP and VolMIP) that have been proposed for inclusion within CMIP were identified as being central to resolving important issues raised at the workshop; for this reason modelling groups were strongly encouraged to participate in these projects. Finally the workshop participants encouraged the WCRP to initiate and support an assessment process lead by the Grand Science Challenge on Clouds, Circulation and Climate Sensitivity on the topic of Earth’s Climate Sensitivities, culminating in a report that will be published in 2019, forty years after the seminal report by Charney and co-authors.