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Climate Change Detection and Attribution of Infrared Spectrum MeasurementsClimate change occurs when the Earth's energy budget changes due to natural or possibly anthropogenic forcings. These forcings cause the climate system to adjust resulting in a new climate state that is warmer or cooler than the original. The key question is how to detect and attribute climate change. The inference of infrared spectral signatures of climate change has been discussed in the literature for nearly 30 years. Pioneering work in the 1980s noted that distinct spectral signatures would be evident in changes in the infrared radiance emitted by the Earth and its atmosphere, and that these could be observed from orbiting satellites. Since then, a number of other studies have advanced the concepts of spectral signatures of climate change. Today the concept of using spectral signatures to identify and attribute atmospheric composition change is firmly accepted and is the foundation of the Climate Absolute Radiance and Refractivity Observatory (CLARREO) satellite mission being developed at NASA. In this work, we will present an overview of the current climate change detection concept using climate model calculations as surrogates for climate change. Any future research work improving the methodology to achieve this concept will be valuable to our society.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Phojanamongkolkij, Nipa (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Parker, Peter A. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Mlynczak, Martin G. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
May 19, 2012
Subject Category
Meteorology and Climatology
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Meeting Information
ISERC 2012 Industrial and Systems Engineering Research Conference(Orlando, FL)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 304029.
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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