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Consider a Spherical Earth Heat Capacity , Time Constant and Sensitivity of Earth ’ S Climate System

@inproceedings{Upton2006ConsiderAS,
  title={Consider a Spherical Earth Heat Capacity , Time Constant and Sensitivity of Earth ’ S Climate System},
  author={Stephen M. Upton},
  year={2006}
}
[1] The equilibrium sensitivity of Earth’s climate is determined as the quotient of the relaxation time constant of the system and the pertinent global heat capacity. The heat capacity of the global ocean, obtained from regression of ocean heat content versus global mean surface temperature, GMST, is 14 ± 6 W a m 2 K , equivalent to 110 m of ocean water; other sinks raise the effective planetary heat capacity to 17 ± 7 W a m 2 K 1 (all uncertainties are 1-sigma estimates). The time constant… Expand

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