Climatic response to a gradual increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide

R. J. Stouffer, S. Manabe, K. Bryan

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Here we evaluate the climatic influence of increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide using a coupled model recently developed at NOAA. The model response exhibits a marked and unexpected interhemispheric asymmetry. In the circumpolar ocean of the Southern Hemisphere, a region of deep vertical mixing, the increase of surface air temperature is very slow. In the Northern Hemisphere of the model, the rise of surface air temperature is faster and increases with latitude, with the exception of the northern North Atlantic, where it is relatively slow because of the weakening of the thermohaline circulation. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-136
Number of pages8
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1991

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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