A review of recent developments in climate change science. Part I: Understanding of future change in the large-scale climate system


Good, P., Caesar, J., Bernie, D., Lowe, J.A., van der Linden, P., Gosling, S.N., Warren, R., Arnell, N.W., Smith, S., Bamber, J., Payne, T., Laxon, S., Srokosz, M., Sitch, S., Gedney, N., Harris, G., Hewitt, H., Jackson, L., Jones, C.D., O'Connor, F., Ridley, J., Vellinga, M., Halloran, P. and McNeall, D. (2011) A review of recent developments in climate change science. Part I: Understanding of future change in the large-scale climate system. Progress in Physical Geography, 35, (3), 281-296. (doi:10.1177/0309133311407651).

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This article reviews some of the major lines of recent scientific progress relevant to the choice of global climate policy targets, focusing on changes in understanding since publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fourth Assessment Report (IPCC AR4). Developments are highlighted in the following major climate system components: ice sheets; sea ice; the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation; tropical forests; and accelerated carbon release from permafrost and ocean hydrates. The most significant developments in each component are identified by synthesizing input from multiple experts from each field. Overall, while large uncertainties remain in all fields, some substantial progress in understanding is revealed.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0309-1333 (print)
Keywords: Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC); climate change; global climate; ice sheets; Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); sea ice; tropical forest
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GC Oceanography
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > National Oceanography Centre (NERC)
National Oceanography Centre (NERC) > Marine Physics and Ocean Climate
ePrint ID: 193821
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2011 13:47
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:44
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/193821

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