Journal article

Historical greenhouse gas concentrations for climate modelling (CMIP6)

Malte Meinshausen, Elisabeth Vogel, Alexander Nauels, Katja Lorbacher, Nicolai Meinshausen, David M Etheridge, Paul J Fraser, Stephen A Montzka, Peter J Rayner, Cathy M Trudinger, Paul B Krummel, Urs Beyerle, Josep G Canadell, John S Daniel, Ian G Enting, Rachel M Law, Chris R Lunder, Simon O'Doherty, Ron G Prinn, Stefan Reimann Show all

Geoscientific Model Development | Copernicus Publications | Published : 2017

Abstract

Atmospheric greenhouse gas (GHG) concentrations are at unprecedented, record-high levels compared to the last 800 000 years. Those elevated GHG concentrations warm the planet and – partially offset by net cooling effects by aerosols – are largely responsible for the observed warming over the past 150 years. An accurate representation of GHG concentrations is hence important to understand and model recent climate change. So far, community efforts to create composite datasets of GHG concentrations with seasonal and latitudinal information have focused on marine boundary layer conditions and recent trends since the 1980s. Here, we provide consolidated datasets of historical atmospheric concentr..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Awarded by European Union's Horizon research and innovation programme CRESCENDO


Funding Acknowledgements

MM thankfully acknowledges the support by the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship grant FT130100809. This work was undertaken in close collaboration with partners in the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme CRESCENDO (grant no. 641816), of which the University of Melbourne is an unfunded partner. CSIRO's contribution was supported by the Australian Government, in part through the Australian Climate Change Science Program.