Articles | Volume 11, issue 7
Research article
29 Jul 2015
Research article |  | 29 Jul 2015

Scaling laws for perturbations in the ocean–atmosphere system following large CO2 emissions

N. Towles, P. Olson, and A. Gnanadesikan


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In this paper we find scaling relationships for perturbations to atmosphere and ocean variables from large transient CO2 emissions. We use a carbon cycle box model to calculate peak perturbations to a variety of ocean and atmosphere variables resulting from idealized emission events. As these scaling relationships depend on the physical setup, they represent a compact way of characterizing how different climates respond to large transient perturbations.