Articles | Volume 16, issue 20
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12983–12992, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12983-2016
Atmos. Chem. Phys., 16, 12983–12992, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/acp-16-12983-2016

Review article 20 Oct 2016

Review article | 20 Oct 2016

Are atmospheric updrafts a key to unlocking climate forcing and sensitivity?

Leo J. Donner et al.

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Uncertainties in both climate forcing and sensitivity limit the extent to which climate projections can meet society's needs for actionable climate science. Advances in observing and modeling atmospheric vertical velocities provide a potential breakthrough in understanding climate forcing and sensitivity, with concurrent reductions in uncertainty.
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