Increasing atmospheric poleward energy transport with global warming

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This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Correction to “Increasing atmospheric poleward energy transport with global warming” Volume 38, Issue 9, Article first published online: 7 May 2011

Abstract

[1] Most state-of-the-art global climate models (GCMs) project an increase in atmospheric poleward energy transport with global warming; however, the amount of increase varies significantly from model to model. Using an energy balance model that diffuses moist static energy, it is shown that: (1) the increase in atmospheric moisture content causes most of the increase in transport, and (2) changes in the radiation budget due to clouds explain most of the spread among GCMs. This work also shows that biases in clouds, surface albedo, ocean heat uptake, and aerosols will not only affect climate locally but will also influence other latitudes through energy transport.

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