Articles | Volume 17, issue 11
Research article
16 Jun 2017
Research article |  | 16 Jun 2017

A modified impulse-response representation of the global near-surface air temperature and atmospheric concentration response to carbon dioxide emissions

Richard J. Millar, Zebedee R. Nicholls, Pierre Friedlingstein, and Myles R. Allen

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Simple representations of the global coupled climate–carbon-cycle system are required for climate policy analysis. Existing models have often failed to capture important physical dependencies of the climate response to carbon dioxide emissions. In this paper we propose a simple but novel modification to impulse-response climate–carbon-cycle models to capture these physical dependencies. This simple model creates an important tool for both climate policy and climate science analysis.
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