Lifetime of Anthropogenic Climate Change : Millennial Time Scales of Potential CO 2 and Surface Temperature Perturbations

@inproceedings{Eby2010LifetimeOA,
  title={Lifetime of Anthropogenic Climate Change : Millennial Time Scales of Potential CO 2 and Surface Temperature Perturbations},
  author={Michael J. Eby and Kirsten Zickfeld},
  year={2010}
}
Multimillennial simulations with a fully coupled climate–carbon cycle model are examined to assess the persistence of the climatic impacts of anthropogenic CO2 emissions. It is found that the time required to absorb anthropogenic CO2 strongly depends on the total amount of emissions; for emissions similar to known fossil fuel reserves, the time to absorb 50% of the CO2 is more than 2000 yr. The long-term climate response appears to be independent of the rate at which CO2 is emitted over the… CONTINUE READING
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