Articles | Volume 9, issue 1
Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 197–210, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-9-197-2018

Special issue: The Earth system at a global warming of 1.5°C and 2.0°C

Earth Syst. Dynam., 9, 197–210, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-9-197-2018

Research article 05 Mar 2018

Research article | 05 Mar 2018

Irreversible ocean thermal expansion under carbon dioxide removal

Dana Ehlert and Kirsten Zickfeld

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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (15 Aug 2017) by Yun Liu
AR by Dana Ehlert on behalf of the Authors (26 Sep 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (29 Sep 2017) by Yun Liu
RR by Anonymous Referee #3 (02 Oct 2017)
RR by Anonymous Referee #2 (29 Oct 2017)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (06 Nov 2017) by Yun Liu
AR by Dana Ehlert on behalf of the Authors (15 Nov 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (21 Nov 2017) by Yun Liu
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This study uses a global climate model to explore the extent to which sea level rise due to thermal expansion of the ocean is reversible if the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) declines. It is found that sea level continues to rise for several decades after atmospheric CO2 starts to decline and does not return to the pre-industrial level for over thousand years after atmospheric CO2 is restored to the pre-industrial concentration.
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