COSEE Ocean Systems: News
Aerosols implicated as a prime driver of twentieth-century North Atlantic climate variability
Description: A number of studies have provided evidence that aerosols can influence long-term changes in sea surface temperatures, but climate models have so far failed to reproduce these interactions, and the role of aerosols in decadal variability remains unclear. In this study researchers use a state-of-the-art Earth system climate model to show that aerosol emissions and periods of volcanic activity explain 76 per cent of the simulated multidecadal variance in detrended 1860-2005 North Atlantic sea surface temperatures. [Source: Nature]
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Source: Nature
Publish Date: 4/4/2012
Reading Level: Expert
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