Articles | Volume 12, issue 2
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 581–600, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-581-2021
Earth Syst. Dynam., 12, 581–600, 2021
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-12-581-2021

Research article 10 May 2021

Research article | 10 May 2021

First assessment of the earth heat inventory within CMIP5 historical simulations

Francisco José Cuesta-Valero et al.

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The current radiative imbalance at the top of the atmosphere is increasing the heat stored in the oceans, atmosphere, continental subsurface and cryosphere, with consequences for societies and ecosystems (e.g. sea level rise). We performed the first assessment of the ability of global climate models to represent such heat storage in the climate subsystems. Models are able to reproduce the observed atmosphere heat content, with biases in the simulation of heat content in the rest of components.
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