Cloud variations and the Earth's energy budget
Article first published online: 1 OCT 2011
Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.
Geophysical Research Letters
Volume 38, Issue 19, October 2011
How to Cite
2011), Cloud variations and the Earth's energy budget, Geophys. Res. Lett., 38, L19701, doi:10.1029/2011GL049236.(
- Issue published online: 1 OCT 2011
- Article first published online: 1 OCT 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 29 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Revised: 28 AUG 2011
- Manuscript Received: 11 AUG 2011
- climate change;
- climate models;
 The question of whether clouds are the cause of surface temperature changes, rather than acting as a feedback in response to those temperature changes, is explored using data obtained between 2000 and 2010. An energy budget calculation shows that the radiative impact of clouds accounts for little of the observed climate variations. It is also shown that observations of the lagged response of top-of-atmosphere (TOA) energy fluxes to surface temperature variations are not evidence that clouds are causing climate change.