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Title: Quantifying climate feedbacks in polar regions

The concept of feedback is key in assessing whether a perturbation to a system is amplified or damped by mechanisms internal to the system. In polar regions, climate dynamics are controlled by both radiative and non-radiative interactions between the atmosphere, ocean, sea ice, ice sheets and land surfaces. Precisely quantifying polar feedbacks is required for a process-oriented evaluation of climate models, a clear understanding of the processes responsible for polar climate changes, and a reduction in uncertainty associated with model projections. This quantification can be performed using a simple and consistent approach that is valid for a wide range of feedbacks, thus offering the opportunity for more systematic feedback analyses and a better understanding of polar climate changes.
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  1. Catholic Univ. of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). Earth and Life Inst.
  2. Univ. of Colorado, Boulder, CO (United States). Dept. of Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences and Cooperative Inst. for Research in Environmental Science
  3. Univ. of Washington, Seattle, WA (United States). School of Oceanography and Dept. of Atmospheric Sciences
  4. Met Office Hadley Centre, Exeter (United Kingdom)
  5. Sorbonne Univ., UPMC Paris 6, LMD-IPSL, CNRS, Paris (France)
  6. Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
  7. Univ. of Toronto, ON (Canada). Dept. of Physics
  8. Catholic Univ. of Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve (Belgium). Earth and Life Inst.; Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) (Spain). Earth Sciences Dept.
  9. Korea Inst. of Geoscience and Mineral Resources, Daejeon (Korea, Republic of)
  10. Alfred Wegener Inst. Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research, Bremerhaven (Germany)
  11. Stockholm Univ. (Sweden). Dept. of Meteorology and Bolin Center for Climate Research
  12. Sorbonne Univ., CNRS, IRD, MNHN, LOCEAN-IPSL, Paris (France)
Publication Date:
Report Number(s):
Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Grant/Contract Number:
AC52-06NA25396; T.0007.14; 641727; OCE-1523641; 15-CCST15-0025; GA01101
Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Nature Communications
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 9; Journal Issue: 1; Journal ID: ISSN 2041-1723
Nature Publishing Group
Research Org:
Los Alamos National Lab. (LANL), Los Alamos, NM (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Science (SC); National Fund for Scientific Research (FNRS); European Union (EU); Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO); Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO); National Science Foundation (NSF); National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA); Met Office Hadley Centre Climate Programme; Canadian Sea Ice and Snow Evolution (CanSISE) Network; World Climate Research Programme (WCRP)
Country of Publication:
United States
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