The earth system feedbacks that matter for contemporary climate
Gallego-Sala, Angela V.
Cambridge University Press
Here, we discuss the feedback processes that determine the nature and rates of climatic changes in response to climate forcing. We explain the differences in the characteristic behaviour of biophysical and biogeochemical feedbacks, and describe the means by which feedbacks can be identified using models and observational data, and their strength quantified. Improved understanding of these kinds of processes is essential for better predictions of future climate.
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This material has been published in Sarah E. Cornell et al. (eds.) (2012). Understanding the Earth System. [Online]. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Available from: Cambridge Books Online via: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511921155
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