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Vanda Salgueiro, Maria João Costa, Ana Maria Silva, and Daniele Bortoli

and at the top of the atmosphere (TOA) ( Dong et al. 2006 ). A way of quantifying the cloud radiation effects at the surface and at the TOA is the cloud radiative forcing (CRF), which is defined as an instantaneous change in net total radiation (SW plus LW; in W m −2 ) obtained under cloudy conditions and its clear-sky counterpart; CRF can produce a cooling (negative CRF) or a warming (positive CRF) effect on the earth–atmosphere system. CRF has been a research topic over the last decades because

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Minghong Zhang and Yi Huang

1. Introduction In the analysis of climate sensitivity, it is a convention to consider radiative forcing to comprise both instantaneous forcing that is due to perturbation in radiative gases (e.g., CO 2 ) and contributions by rapid adjustments of other atmospheric components that are not related to surface temperature change ( Ramaswamy et al. 2001 ). For instance, stratospheric temperature adjustment resulting from the radiative cooling effect of CO 2 is usually considered part of the CO 2

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Nicholas Lewis and Judith Curry

1. Introduction There has been considerable scientific investigation of the magnitude of the warming of Earth’s climate from changes in atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO 2 ) concentration. Two standard metrics summarize the sensitivity of global surface temperature to an externally imposed radiative forcing. Equilibrium climate sensitivity (ECS) represents the equilibrium change in surface temperature to a doubling of atmospheric CO 2 concentration. Transient climate response (TCR), a shorter

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K. E. Taylor, M. Crucifix, P. Braconnot, C. D. Hewitt, C. Doutriaux, A. J. Broccoli, J. F. B. Mitchell, and M. J. Webb

temperature change. The radiative “forcing” of the system is commonly quantified in terms of the immediate impact of any imposed change on the TOA fluxes. 1 An imposed increase in CO 2 concentration, for example, promptly reduces, by a small amount, the longwave radiation emanating to space and is therefore considered a radiative forcing. The radiative imbalance caused by this forcing tends to warm the system and, in any given model, the global mean temperature response is roughly proportional to the

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Ben Kravitz, Douglas G. MacMartin, Philip J. Rasch, and Andrew J. Jarvis

1. Introduction One of the cornerstone problems in climate science is understanding the climate system’s response to changes in climate forcing agents, such as the concentration of CO 2 and other greenhouse gases, total solar irradiance, and different types of aerosols. For example, formulating any climate target or emissions path requires knowledge of how to compare the effects of different greenhouse gases with different radiative properties and atmospheric lifetimes ( Fuglestvedt et al

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Maria A. A. Rugenstein, Jonathan M. Gregory, Nathalie Schaller, Jan Sedláček, and Reto Knutti

1. Introduction and tropospheric adjustment The response of the global energy budget to an external perturbation of the energy content can be described by the heat uptake of ocean, ice, and land ( N ), the perturbation or radiative forcing ( F ), and the feedback response ( λT ), with the climate feedback parameter λ and temperature anomaly T : with the heat capacity of the climate system, C . Changes that are mediated by the climate system’s response to the perturbation are called feedback

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Eui-Seok Chung and Brian J. Soden

1. Introduction Climate feedbacks amplify or dampen the initial radiative perturbation induced by a forcing agent through changes in climate variables in response to global-mean surface temperature change. Intermodel differences in climate feedbacks are widely accepted as the primary cause for intermodel spread in the projected future climate changes in response to imposed radiative forcings (e.g., Cess et al. 1990 ; Zhang et al. 1994 ; Colman 2003 ; Bony et al. 2006 ). However, model

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Hai Lin, Jacques Derome, and Gilbert Brunet

propagation theory is able to predict the wave train emanating from the tropical heating ( Egger 1977 ; Opsteegh and Van den Dool 1980 ; Hoskins and Karoly 1981 ). In the presence of a zonally asymmetric mean flow, the response to tropical heating takes the form of a preferred pattern that is similar to the PNA ( Simmons et al. 1983 ). The effect of transients is another factor that contributes to the extratropical atmospheric response to the tropical forcing. It is shown in many studies that the

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Jeongbin Seo, Sarah M. Kang, and Dargan M. W. Frierson

1. Introduction Much of the precipitation in the tropics occurs within a narrow zonal band of high rainfall known as the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ). Because small changes in the position of the ITCZ can greatly perturb local precipitation, it is important to understand how the ITCZ may respond to external thermal forcing. While the ITCZ is often thought to be controlled by tropical mechanisms (e.g., Xie 2004 ), recent studies that have demonstrated that the ITCZ can respond to

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Nathaniel B. Miller, Matthew D. Shupe, Christopher J. Cox, Von P. Walden, David D. Turner, and Konrad Steffen

the net radiative flux at the surface ( Walsh and Chapman 1998 ), thereby impacting the surface energy budget. The shortwave and longwave radiative effect of clouds, or cloud radiative forcing (CRF), can be quantified by comparing the actual surface radiative flux to the flux during an equivalent clear-sky scene. In general, Arctic clouds have a warming effect on the surface, except for a period in the summer when the sun is highest and surface albedo is lowest ( Curry and Ebert 1992 ; Intrieri

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