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

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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.

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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), pp. 281-296. (doi:10.1177/0309133311407651).

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Published date: June 2011
Keywords: Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), climate change, global climate, ice sheets, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), sea ice, tropical forest
Organisations: Marine Physics and Ocean Climate

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Local EPrints ID: 193821
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/193821
ISSN: 0309-1333
PURE UUID: b153336b-f7ee-46e1-a5ca-c95cecb60213

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Date deposited: 20 Jul 2011 13:47
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 11:28

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Author: P. Good
Author: J. Caesar
Author: D. Bernie
Author: J.A. Lowe
Author: P. van der Linden
Author: S.N. Gosling
Author: R. Warren
Author: N.W. Arnell
Author: S. Smith
Author: J. Bamber
Author: T. Payne
Author: S. Laxon
Author: M. Srokosz
Author: S. Sitch
Author: N. Gedney
Author: G. Harris
Author: H. Hewitt
Author: L. Jackson
Author: C.D. Jones
Author: F. O'Connor
Author: J. Ridley
Author: M. Vellinga
Author: P. Halloran
Author: D. McNeall

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