Articles | Volume 11, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 1195–1208, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-11-1195-2020
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 1195–1208, 2020
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-11-1195-2020
Research article
16 Dec 2020
Research article | 16 Dec 2020

Temperatures from energy balance models: the effective heat capacity matters

Gerrit Lohmann

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With the development of computer capacities, simpler models like energy balance models have not disappeared, and a stronger emphasis has been given to the concept of a hierarchy of models. The global temperature is calculated by the radiation budget through the incoming energy from the Sun and the outgoing energy from the Earth. The argument that the temperature can be calculated by a simple radiation budget is revisited, and it is found that the effective heat capacity matters.
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