Global warming
Global warming

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Global warming

6 Further reading

The models being used in research take such simple energy flows and increase the ‘granularity’ of the components used, to build complex time sequences.

You may like to see Modelling climate change [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] (Information Sheet 8) at the website of the Climatic Research Unit for a summary of how these have developed. Information Sheets is a subpage within this website which contains a variety of introductory material on climate-related subjects.

Activity 3

Click to read Causes of climate change (Information Sheet 2) from the website of the Climatic Research Unit.

Which of the potential causes are influenced by human activity?

After reading the information sheet, click on the following link, and compare the charts for greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide, nitrous oxide and methane) and temperature over the last 1000 years.

Link: Human influence on the atmosphere

  • Consider the key features and implications of these two sets of information.

  • Compare the radiative forcing for the human influences – what does this suggest?

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