Evidence for Large Decadal Variability in the Tropical Mean Radiative Energy Budget

@article{Wielicki2002EvidenceFL,
  title={Evidence for Large Decadal Variability in the Tropical Mean Radiative Energy Budget},
  author={Bruce A. Wielicki and Takmeng Wong and Richard P. Allan and Anthony Slingo and Jeffrey T. Kiehl and Brian J. Soden and Charles T. Gordon and Alvin J. Miller and Shi-Keng Yang and David A. Randall and Franklin Rivers Robertson and Joel Susskind and Herbert Jacobowitz},
  journal={Science},
  year={2002},
  volume={295},
  pages={841 - 844}
}
It is widely assumed that variations in Earth's radiative energy budget at large time and space scales are small. We present new evidence from a compilation of over two decades of accurate satellite data that the top-of-atmosphere (TOA) tropical radiative energy budget is much more dynamic and variable than previously thought. Results indicate that the radiation budget changes are caused by changes in tropical mean cloudiness. The results of several current climate model simulations fail to… 

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