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Climate change challenges
Grassl, H. (2011). Climate change challenges. Surveys in Geophysics 32(4-5): 319-328. http://hdl.handle.net/10.1007/s10712-011-9129-z
In: Surveys in Geophysics. Kluwer Academic Publishers: Dordrecht; Tokyo; Lancaster; Boston. ISSN 0169-3298, more
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Keywords
    Climatic changes; Cryosphere; Sea level
Author keywords
    Climate change; Cryosphere; Sea level

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  • Grassl, H.

Abstract
    Anthropogenic climate change has emerged as one of the major challenges for mankind in the centuries to come. The strongly modified composition of the atmosphere, due to emissions of greenhouse gases and aerosol particles, leads to an enhanced greenhouse effect and also intensified backscattering of solar radiation by aerosol particles. The resulting global mean warming will have a major impact on the entire cryosphere, with global consequences via mean sea level rise and redistributed precipitation. This introductory presentation will summarize the emergence of the topic, its already observed consequences for the cryosphere, and it will also discuss issues in climate policy making when dealing with the climate change challenge.

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