Articles | Volume 9, issue 2
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07 Jun 2018
Research article | Highlight paper |  | 07 Jun 2018

Two drastically different climate states on an Earth-like terra-planet

Sirisha Kalidindi, Christian H. Reick, Thomas Raddatz, and Martin Claussen


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (08 Feb 2018) by Valerio Lucarini
AR by Sirisha Kalidindi on behalf of the Authors (19 Mar 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Referee Nomination & Report Request started (20 Mar 2018) by Valerio Lucarini
RR by Dorian Abbot (22 Mar 2018)
RR by Jun Yang (10 Apr 2018)
ED: Publish subject to minor revisions (review by editor) (22 Apr 2018) by Valerio Lucarini
AR by Sirisha Kalidindi on behalf of the Authors (30 Apr 2018)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (03 May 2018) by Valerio Lucarini
Short summary
Using climate simulations, we investigate the role of water recycling in shaping the climate of low-obliquity Earth-like terra-planets. By such a mechanism feeding water back from the extra-tropics to the tropics, the planet can assume two drastically different climate states differing by more than 35 K in global temperature. We describe the bifurcation between the two states occurring upon changes in surface albedo and argue that the bistability hints at a wider habitable zone for such planets.
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