Climate change 101

Fig_1_global_energy_balanceHaving trouble keeping all those greenhouse gases straight?  Looking for some reliable information and understandable graphics on anthropogenic climate change? A good place is the Climate Change Collection in the Encyclopedia of Earth.

The collection includes:

A number of articles on topics like 21st century climate change scenarios, Mauna Loa curve, albedo, history of climate change and variability, and Methane

FAQs like; What factors determine the earth’s climate? What is the greenhouse effect? and What is radiative forcing?

• Biographies of influential climate change scientists (primarily climatologists)

The EoE is a new electronic reference about the Earth, its natural environments, and their interaction with society. TheEncyclopedia is a free, fully searchable collection of articles written by scholars, professionals, educators, and experts who collaborate and review each other’s work. The articles are written in non-technical language and will be useful to students, educators, scholars, professionals, as well as to the general public.

Two other good sources of information are Stephen Schneider’s web site and the RealClimate web site.

1 thought on “Climate change 101

  1. Very elementary stuff. But let’s delve deeper.

    Tell me how the greenhouse effect works in detail. What’s more important – excitation, de-excitation or thermalisation. Most people cannot provide a summary of the basic physics?

    How do we justify the water vapour feedbacks?

    Where’s a good explanation that justifies a mid-range climate sensitivity of 3C.

    What do we say to Spencer’s MJO paper from GRL


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