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Earth System Dynamics An interactive open-access journal of the European Geosciences Union

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Earth Syst. Dynam., 7, 697-715, 2016
https://doi.org/10.5194/esd-7-697-2016
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Research article
29 Aug 2016
Why CO2 cools the middle atmosphere – a consolidating model perspective Helge F. Goessling and Sebastian Bathiany
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Carbon dioxide, while warming the Earth's surface, cools the atmosphere beyond about 15 km (the middle atmosphere). This cooling is considered a fingerprint of anthropogenic global warming, yet the physical reason behind it remains prone to misconceptions. Here we use a simple radiation model to illustrate the physical essence of stratospheric cooling, and a complex climate model to quantify how strongly different mechanisms contribute.
Carbon dioxide, while warming the Earth's surface, cools the atmosphere beyond about 15 km (the...
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