Cloud optical thickness feedbacks in the CO2 climate problem

@inproceedings{Somerville1984CloudOT,
  title={Cloud optical thickness feedbacks in the CO2 climate problem},
  author={Richard C. J. Somerville and Lorraine A. Remer},
  year={1984}
}
A radiative-convective equilibrium model is developed and applied to study cloud optical thickness feedbacks in the CO2 climate problem. The basic hypothesis is that in the warmer and moister CO2-rich atmosphere, cloud liquid water content will generally be larger too. For clouds other than thin cirrus the result is to increase the albedo more than to increase the greenhouse effect. Thus the sign of the feedback is negative: cloud optical properties act as a thermostat and alter in such a way… CONTINUE READING

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