Climate Response to Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide?
The amount of warming that would accompany increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) is termed ‘climate sensitivity’. This topic is at the heart of the scientific debate on anthropogenic climate change, and also relevant for policy makers who have to respond to increasing carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
The Climate Science Communications Group (CSCG) released a briefing paper (issue 1) synthesizing the current state of knowledge of climate sensitivity. The paper covers both types of climate sensitivity: Equilibrium Climate Sensitivity (ECS) and Transient climate response (TCR), and their representation in climate models.