The physics of climate change: response

How does the physics of radiation - emission, absorption, and scattering - and the thermodynamics of water and air shape the planet's response to human activities? 

We're broadly interested in how and why the climate system responds to perturbations including changes in greenhouse gas and aerosol concentrations.

A recent theme has been trying to understand how uncertainty about the water vapor continuum - weak absorption whose source and precise strength are still debated - impacts estimates of climate change. 

  • Mlawer, E. J., J. Mascio, D. D. Turner, V. Payne, C. Flynn, and R. Pincus, 2024. A more transparent water vapor window. Submitted to J. Geophys. Res. Atmos., Apr 2024. Preprint at doi:10.22541/essoar.171328603.35133326/v1 (with collaborators at Atmospheric and Environmental Research)
  • Roemer, F. E., S. A. Buehler, L. Kluft, and R. Pincus, 2023. Effect of uncertainty in water vapor continuum absorption on radiative forcing, longwave feedback, and climate sensitivity, J. Adv. Model. Earth Syst., 16, e2023MS004157, doi:10.1029/2023MS004157 (with collaborators at the University of Hamburg, Germany)