Articles | Volume 11, issue 3
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 709–719, 2020
Earth Syst. Dynam., 11, 709–719, 2020

Research article 03 Aug 2020

Research article | 03 Aug 2020

What could we learn about climate sensitivity from variability in the surface temperature record?

James D. Annan et al.


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ED: Publish as is (01 Jul 2020) by Steven Smith
Short summary
In this paper we explore the potential of variability for constraining the equilibrium response of the climate system to external forcing. We show that the constraint is inherently skewed, with a long tail to high sensitivity, and that while the variability may contain some useful information, it is unlikely to generate a tight constraint.
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