Articles | Volume 12, issue 4
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 1057–1060, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1057-2021

Special issue: ESD Ideas

Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 1057–1060, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-1057-2021

ESD Ideas 25 Oct 2021

ESD Ideas | 25 Oct 2021

ESD Ideas: A weak positive feedback between sea level and the planetary albedo

Ben Marzeion

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Interactive discussion

Status: closed

Comment types: AC – author | RC – referee | CC – community | EC – editor | CEC – chief editor | : Report abuse
  • RC1: 'Comment on esd-2021-41', Anonymous Referee #1, 19 Jul 2021
    • AC1: 'Response to Reviewer 1', Ben Marzeion, 10 Sep 2021
  • RC2: 'Comment on esd-2021-41', Anonymous Referee #2, 28 Aug 2021
    • AC2: 'Response to Reviewer 2', Ben Marzeion, 10 Sep 2021

Peer review completion

AR: Author's response | RR: Referee report | ED: Editor decision
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (14 Sep 2021) by Jadranka Sepic
AR by Ben Marzeion on behalf of the Authors (14 Sep 2021)  Author's response    Author's tracked changes    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (28 Sep 2021) by Jadranka Sepic
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The oceans are typically darker than land surfaces. Expanding oceans through sea-level rise may thus lead to a darker planet Earth, reflecting less sunlight. The additionally absorbed sunlight may heat planet Earth, leading to further sea-level rise. Here, we provide a rough estimate of the strength of this feedback: it turns out to be very weak, but clearly positive, thereby destabilizing the Earth system.
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