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https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-991-2015
https://doi.org/10.5194/cp-11-991-2015
Research article
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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.