Measuring the effect of water vapor on climate warming
Article first published online: 25 MAR 2014
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 95, Issue 12, page 108, 25 March 2014
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2014), Measuring the effect of water vapor on climate warming, Eos Trans. AGU, 95(12), 108.(
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- water vapor;
- climate feedback
Water vapor is a potent greenhouse gas. In the atmosphere, the concentration of water vapor increases with the temperature, setting up a powerful positive feedback loop. This water vapor feedback is the strongest known positive feedback, with the potential to roughly double the effect of warming caused by other sources. Determining the exact strength of the water vapor feedback, then, is incredibly important to limiting uncertainty in future climate change projections.