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Observational determination of the greenhouse effectSatellite measurements are used to quantify the atmospheric greenhouse effect, defined here as the infrared radiation energy trapped by atmospheric gases and clouds. The greenhouse effect is found to increase significantly with sea surface temperature. The rate of increase gives compelling evidence for the positive feedback between surface temperature, water vapor and the greenhouse effect; the magnitude of the feedback is consistent with that predicted by climate models. This study demonstrates an effective method for directly monitoring, from space, future changes in the greenhouse effect.
Document ID
19900031861
Document Type
Reprint (Version printed in journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Raval, A. (Chicago Univ. Chicago, IL, United States)
Ramanathan, V. (Chicago, University IL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 14, 2013
Publication Date
December 14, 1989
Publication Information
Publication: Nature
Volume: 342
ISSN: 0028-0836
Subject Category
GEOPHYSICS
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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