Making sense of palaeoclimate sensitivity

E.J. Rohling, A. Sluijs, H.A. Dijkstra, P. Köhler, R.S.W. van de Wal, A.S. Von der Heydt, D.J. Beerling, A. Berger, P.K. Bijl, M. Crucifix, R. DeConto, S.S. Drijfhout, A. Fedorov, G.L. Foster, A. Ganolpolsi, J. Hansen, B. Honisch, H. Hooghiemstra, M. Huber, P. HuybersR. Knutti, D.W. Lea, L.J. Lourens, D. Lunt, V. Masson-Demotte, M. Medina-Elizalde, B. Otto-Bliesner, M. Pagani, H. Palike, H. Renssen, D.L. Royer, M. Sidall, P. Valdes, R.E. Zeebe

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Many palaeoclimate studies have quantified pre-anthropogenic climate change to calculate climate sensitivity (equilibrium temperature change in response to radiative forcing change), but a lack of consistent methodologies produces a wide range of estimates and hinders comparability of results. Here we present a stricter approach, to improve intercomparison of palaeoclimate sensitivity estimates in a manner compatible with equilibrium projections for future climate change. Over the past 65 million years, this reveals a climate sensitivity (in K W
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)683-691
Number of pages10
Early online date28 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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