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https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-9-739-2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-9-739-2018
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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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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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