Journal article

Uncertainties of global warming metrics: CO2 and CH4

Andy Reisinger, Malte Meinshausen, Martin Manning, Greg Bodeker

GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS | AMER GEOPHYSICAL UNION | Published : 2010

Abstract

We present a comprehensive evaluation of uncertainties in the Global Warming Potential (GWP) and Global Temperature Change Potential (GTP) of CH 4, using a simple climate model calibrated to AOGCMs and coupled climate-carbon cycle models assessed in the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report (AR4). In addition, we estimate uncertainties in these metrics probabilistically by using a method that does not rely on AOGCMs but instead builds on historical constraints and uncertainty estimates of current radiative forcings. While our mean and median GWPs and GTPs estimates are consistent with previous studies, our analysis suggests that uncertainty ranges for GWPs are almost twice as large as estimated in t..

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Grants

Awarded by New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was carried out under contract E1339 for the New Zealand Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. Comments by Keith Shine and an anonymous reviewer on an earlier draft helped strengthen the analysis presented in this study.