Articles | Volume 13, issue 8
Research article
18 Aug 2017
Research article |  | 18 Aug 2017

Atmospheric circulation and hydroclimate impacts of alternative warming scenarios for the Eocene

Henrik Carlson and Rodrigo Caballero


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ED: Reconsider after major revisions (05 May 2017) by Arne Winguth
AR by Henrik Carlson on behalf of the Authors (22 Jun 2017)  Author's response    Manuscript
ED: Publish as is (12 Jul 2017) by Arne Winguth
Short summary
Climate models are able to simulate the surface temperature of the early Eocene as reconstructed from paleoclimatology data, but only by using extremely high CO2 concentrations or clouds that are more transparent to solar radiation. We explore the potential for distinguishing among these two forcing agents via their impact on regional climate. Better constraining the radiative forcing that led to Eocene warmth has important implications for understanding Earth's climate sensitivity.