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Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change

Greenhouse Effect and Climate Change

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Introduction1The mechanisms of climate2
Radiative equilibrium of the planets2The shape of the earth2The greenhouse effect2The climate system4Global energy balance4Global water cycle6Global carbon cycle6Atmospheric circulation6The role of oceans8Poleward heat transport10
Natural variability in the climate system11
The annual cycle11Orbital cycles12Fluctuations in solar output12Fluctuations in earth's rotation rate12Volcanic eruptions13Changes in land and ocean floor topography13Internal oscillations of the climate system13El Niño Southern Oscillation13Pacific decadal oscillation14North Atlantic oscillation14Ocean and polar ice variations14
Human influences on the climate system16
Changing patterns of land use16Changes in urban climate16Nuclear winter16Anthropogenic sources of greenhouse gases17Enhanced greenhouse effect18Aerosols and other pollutants19Global radiative forcing20
Observing the climate21
Global patterns of mean temperature and rainfall21The range of climate zones23High-quality climate data23Recent climate trends25Temperature changes26Precipitation changes26Atmospheric/oceanic circulation changes28Changes in upper-air temperatures29Changes in extreme events30Sea-level changes31

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