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Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa


Sovremennye problemy distantsionnogo zondirovaniya Zemli iz kosmosa, 2012, Vol. 9, No. 5, pp. 140-154

Energy aspects of the Earth's climate change: A View from Space

V.A. Golovko 
Scientific Research Center of Space Hydrometeorology "Planet", 123242 Moscow, B. Predtechensky per., 7
The Earth radiation budget (ERB) at the top of the atmosphere (TOA) is a key parameter which evaluates the energy exchange between the Earth's climate system and space. Disturbances of ERB (radiation forcing) determine dynamics of planetary climatic system. Modern space monitoring shows that Earth is now absorbing more energy from the Sun than it is emitting to space. This imbalance is confirmed by estimations of increasing ocean heat content over the past 30 years. Implications include the expectation of additional global warming without further significant change of atmospheric composition. Geoengineering proposals aim to intervene in the climate system by deliberately modifying the Earth's energy balance to reduce increases of global temperature.
Keywords: Earth's radiation budget, global warming, radiation forcing, geoengineering
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