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  • Soden, Brian J., and Isaac M. Held, 2006: An Assessment of Climate Feedbacks in Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Models. Journal of Climate, 19, 3354-3360, DOI: 10.1175/JCLI3799.1.

We compare the climate feedbacks in coupled ocean-atmosphere models using a coordinated set of 21st century climate change experiments. Water vapor is found to provide the largest positive feedback in all models and its strength is consistent with that expected from constant relative humidity changes in water vapor mixing ratio. The feedbacks from clouds and surface albedo are also found to be positive in all models, while the only stabilizing (negative) feedback comes from the temperature response. Large intermodel differences in the lapse-rate feedback are observed and shown to be associated with differing regional patterns of surface warming. Consistent with previous studies, we find the vertical changes in temperature and water vapor to be tightly coupled in all models and, importantly, demonstrate that intermodel differences in the sum of lapse-rate and water vapor feedbacks are small. In contrast, intermodel differences in cloud feedback are found to provide the largest source of uncertainty in current predictions of climate sensitivity.

Full Article: http://ams.allenpress.com/perlserv/?request=get-abstract&doi=10.1175%2FJCLI3799.1

Last Updated: 2007-04-12

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