PAOC Spotlights

Explained: Climate sensitivity

Thu September 30th, 2010
MIT News Office - David L. Chandler

If we double the Earth’s greenhouse gases, how much will the temperature change? That’s what this number tells you. In the second part of their "Explained" series on climate change, PAOC researcher Andrei Sokolov speaks to MIT News...

Climate sensitivity is the term used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to express the relationship between the human-caused emissions that add to the Earth’s greenhouse effect — carbon dioxide and a variety of other greenhouse gases — and the temperature changes that will result from these emissions.