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A timescale analysis of the Northern Hemisphere temperature response to solar and volcanic forcing

SL Weber

The Northern Hemisphere temperature response
to volcanic and solar forcing is studied using first a set of simulations with an intermediate-complexity climate model, driven by reconstructed forcings. Results are than compared with those obtained from the seven high-resolution reconstructed temperature records for the last millenium that are at present available. Focus of the analysis is on the timescale dependence of the response. Results between the
model and the proxy-based reconstructions are remarkably consistent. The response to solar forcing is found to equilibrate at interdecadal timescales, reaching an equilibrium value for the regression
of 0.2-0.3C per W/m2. The time interval between volcanic eruptions is typically shorter than the dissipation timescale of the climate system, so that the response to volcanic forcing never equilibrates. As a result, the regression on the volcanic
forcing is always lower than the equilibrium value and goes to zero for the longest temporal scales.
The trends over the pre-anthropogenic period are found to be relatively large in all reconstructed temperature records compared to their interdecadal-centennial variability. This is at variance with a recent claim that reconstructed temperature records underestimate climatic variations at multi-centennial scales.

Bibliografische gegevens

SL Weber. A timescale analysis of the Northern Hemisphere temperature response to solar and volcanic forcing
published, Climate of the Past, 2005, 1

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