Role of water vapor feedback on the amplitude of season cycle in the global mean surface air temperature
Article first published online: 23 APR 2008
Copyright 2008 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 35, Issue 8, April 2008
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2008), Role of water vapor feedback on the amplitude of season cycle in the global mean surface air temperature, Geophys. Res. Lett., 35, L08711, doi:10.1029/2008GL033454., , and (
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2008
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2008
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Revised: 11 MAR 2008
- Manuscript Received: 29 JAN 2008
- water vapor feedback;
- seasonal cycle;
- climate sensitivity
 We have analyzed the seasonal variations of global mean surface air temperature (SAT) and surface energy budgets of 17 AR4 models. Considerable differences in the amplitude of seasonal cycle (A) in the global mean SAT in the pre-industrial control simulations among the models have been traced, to a large degree, to differences in their simulated clear-sky downward longwave radiation (LW↓) and latent heat flux (LH). We suggest that water vapor feedback process influence the seasonal changes of SAT through its roles on the seasonal variations of LW↓ and LH. This implies that the simulated seasonal change of global mean SAT might contain a clue about the sensitivity of water vapor feedback and the A of in SAT thus provides some constraint on climate sensitivity since both are subject to the same feedback process.