Abrupt change in earth's climate system

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Abstract

Many aspects of Earth's climate system have changed abruptly in the past and are likely to change abruptly in the future. Although abrupt shifts in temperature are most dramatic in glacial climates, abrupt changes, resulting in an altered probability of drought, large floods, tropical storm landfall, and monsoon rainfall, are all important concerns even in the absence of significant anthropogenic climate forcing. Continued climate change will likely increase the probability of these types of abrupt change and also make abrupt changes in ocean circulation and sea level more likely. Although global warning may have already triggered abrupt change, current understanding and modeling capability is not sufficient to specify details of future abrupt climate change. Improved adaptation strategies are warranted, as well as efforts to avoid crossing climate change thresholds beyond which large abrupt changes in sea level, ocean circulation, and methane-clathrate release could greatly amplify the impacts of climate change.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAnnual Review of Environment and Resources
Pages1-31
Number of pages31
Volume31
DOIs
StatePublished - 2006

Publication series

NameAnnual Review of Environment and Resources
Volume31
ISSN (Print)15435938

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Climate change
Earth (planet)
Sea level
Drought
Rain
Methane
Temperature

Keywords

  • Abrupt climate change
  • Climate dynamics
  • Global warming
  • Paleoceanography
  • Paleoclimatology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Overpeck, J., & Cole, J. (2006). Abrupt change in earth's climate system. In Annual Review of Environment and Resources (Vol. 31, pp. 1-31). (Annual Review of Environment and Resources; Vol. 31). https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.energy.30.050504.144308

Abrupt change in earth's climate system. / Overpeck, Jonathan; Cole, Julia.

Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Vol. 31 2006. p. 1-31 (Annual Review of Environment and Resources; Vol. 31).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Overpeck, J & Cole, J 2006, Abrupt change in earth's climate system. in Annual Review of Environment and Resources. vol. 31, Annual Review of Environment and Resources, vol. 31, pp. 1-31. https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.energy.30.050504.144308
Overpeck J, Cole J. Abrupt change in earth's climate system. In Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Vol. 31. 2006. p. 1-31. (Annual Review of Environment and Resources). https://doi.org/10.1146/annurev.energy.30.050504.144308
Overpeck, Jonathan ; Cole, Julia. / Abrupt change in earth's climate system. Annual Review of Environment and Resources. Vol. 31 2006. pp. 1-31 (Annual Review of Environment and Resources).
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