A comparison of climate model sensitivity with data from the last glacial maximum.

S. Manabe, A. J. Broccoli

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Abstract

An attempt has been made to use paleoclimatic data from the last glacial maximum to evaluate the sensitivity of two versions of an atmosphere/mixed-layer ocean model. Each of these models has been used to study the CO2-induced changes in climate. The models differ in their treatment of cloudiness, with one using a fixed cloud distribution and the other using a simple parameterization to predict clouds. The models also differ in the magnitude of their response to a doubling of atmospheric CO2, with the variable cloud model being nearly twice as sensitive as the fixed cloud version. it is difficult to determine which version of the model is more realistic in simulating the ice age climate for two reasons: 1) the differences between the two models are relatively small; and 2) there are substantial uncertainties in the paleoclimatic data. - from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2643-2651
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of the Atmospheric Sciences
Volume42
Issue number23
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1985

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Atmospheric Science

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