radiative forcing

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radiative forcing

[‚rād·ē‚ād·iv ′fȯrs·iŋ]
(meteorology)
The relative effectiveness of greenhouse gases to restrict long-wave radiation from escaping back into space. For a particular greenhouse gas, radiative forcing is measured as the change in average net radiation (in watts per square meter) at the top of the troposphere, and depends on the wavelength at which the gas absorbs the radiation, the strength of absorption per molecule, and the concentration of the gas.
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This inconsistency between the observations and the CMIP5 All-Forcing ensemble could be due to a number of factors including: 1) mis-specified or missing climate forcing agents in the models; 2) errors in the model responses to the climate forcings; 3) underestimation of Arctic internal climate variability in the models; or 4) data issues, including problems with comparing modeled and observed Arctic data as discussed above.
George Mason University Professor Paul Dirmeyer, who was not involved in the study, called the research "intriguing," saying it could help expand "our measures of land-atmospheric feedbacks from mainly a phenomenon of the water and energy cycles to include the biosphere, both as a response to climate forcing and a forcing to climate response.
Our finding of little change in the net climate forcing offers an explanation for why Earth's climate has remained relatively stable, and within the bounds suitable for life for all this time.
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2]] and T of the order of 1000 years, or the carbon dioxide is not climate forcing.
Regional climate downscaling with prior statistical correction of the global climate forcing.
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Stan Russell, retirement expert at Prudential, says: "With the economic climate forcing people to prioritise their finances - often to the detriment of long-term saving - it is vital to get the pension message across.
Stan Russell, retirement expert at Prudential, said: "With the economic climate forcing people to prioritise their finances - often to the detriment of long-term saving - it is vital to get the pension message across.

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