Climate Science

Cross-cutting topics

Cause-effect relationships
The chain of processes, from emissions to sea-level rise, including some feedbacks

Timescales and intertia
There is a vast inertia in parts of the climate system, whilst others respond rapidly.

Key uncertainties
Consider the relative uncertainties and importance of the various parameters.

About the models

  • Correspondence with IPCC-TAR predictions
  • About simple carbon/climate models
  • Eigenvector calculation method
  • External References

    System components

    CO2 Emissions:

    (SRES/Mitigation scenarios and regional distribution)
  • Plot | Emissions menu

    Carbon Cycle:

    (Change in atmospheric CO2 concentration due to fossil and land-use emissions minus ocean and biosphere sinks)
  • Plot , Storage Plot | Model

    Other gases and aerosols:

    (Emissions/concentration of CH4, N2O, SOx, HFCs, CFCs, also effect of CO, VOC, NOx on ozone)
  • Oth-gas Plot, F-gas plot | Model

    Radiative Forcing:

    (Instantaneous heating due to greenhouse gases, aerosols, and solar variability)
  • Plot | Model

    Temperature rise:

    (Global annual average temperature rise, due to radiative forcing minus heat uptake by ocean)
  • Surface Plot , Ocean Profile | Model

    Sea-level rise

    (Change due to ocean thermal expansion, polar ice caps, glaciers, etc.)
  • Plot | Model

    Regional Climate Impacts

    (Regional changes can be very different from the global average!)
  • Map | Model