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Prospects for narrowing bounds on earth’s equilibrium climate sensitivity

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

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Stevens_et_al-2016-Earth's_Future.pdf
(Publisher version), 523KB

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EFT2152-sup-0001-2016EF000376-SI.pdf
(Supplementary material), 418KB

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Stevens, B., Sherwood, S. C., Bony, S., & Webb, M. J. (2016). Prospects for narrowing bounds on earth’s equilibrium climate sensitivity. Earth's Future, 4, 512-522. doi:10.1002/2016EF000376.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-002A-36DE-9
Abstract
The concept of Earth's Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS) is reviewed. A particular problem in quantifying plausible bounds for ECS has been how to account for all of the diverse lines of relevant scientific evidence. It is argued that developing and refuting physical storylines (hypotheses) for values outside any proposed range has the potential to better constrain these bounds and to help articulate the science needed to narrow the range further. A careful reassessment of all important lines of evidence supporting these storylines, their limitations, and the assumptions required to combine them is therefore required urgently