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The spectral dimension of longwave feedback in the CMIP3 and CMIP5 experiments

Huang, X., X. Chen, B. Soden, and Xu Liu (2014), The spectral dimension of longwave feedback in the CMIP3 and CMIP5 experiments, Geophys. Res. Lett., 41, doi:10.1002/2014GL061938.
Abstract: 

Radiative feedback is normally discussed in terms of the change of broadband flux. Yet it has an intrinsic dimension of spectrum. A set of longwave (LW) spectral radiative kernels (SRKs) is constructed and validated in a similar way as the broadband radiative kernel. The LW broadband feedback derived using this SRK are consistent with those from the broadband radiative kernels. As an application, the SRK is applied to 12 general circulation models (GCMs) from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 3 and 12 GCMs from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 simulations to derive the spectrally resolved Planck, lapse rate, and LW water vapor feedback. The spectral details of the Planck feedback from different GCMs are essentially the same, but the lapse rate and LW water vapor feedback do reveal spectrally dependent difference among GCMs. Spatial distributions of the feedback at different spectral regions are also discussed. The spectral feedback analysis provides us another dimension to understand and evaluate the modeled radiative feedback.

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Research Program: 
Radiation Science Program (RSP)
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CLARREO