US CLIVAR Session on the Global Energy Balance, Ocean Heat Content, and the Warming Hiatus II

Session ID#: 9088

Session Description:
Understanding Earth's energy budget is fundamental to evaluating climate variability and change, including the rate of global warming and the recent 15-year hiatus in global surface warming. This hiatus has caused confusion and debate within the scientific and policy spheres. It also offers an opportunity to study and improve our understanding of climate change dynamics. Mechanisms proposed for the hiatus include deeper ocean warming, slowdown in net radiative forcing, and natural variability. The ocean covers more than 70% of the Earth's surface and sequesters 90% of the excess heat in the Earth's system. This session invites contributions exploring the ocean’s role in the Earth's heat budget in general and the global warming hiatus in particular. Topics of particular interest include interdecadal variability and the interaction with climate change, radiative forcing and related processes, and ocean heat storage and deeper ocean warming as relevant to this global surface warming hiatus.
Primary Convener:  Xiao-Hai Yan, Univ Delaware, Newark, DE, United States
Conveners:  James Carton, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, United States, Tim Boyer, NOAA NCEI, Washington, United States and Michael Patterson, US CLIVAR Project Office, Washington, DC, United States
Chairs:  Xiao-Hai Yan, Univ Delaware, Newark, DE, United States, James Carton, University of Maryland College Park, College Park, MD, United States, Tim Boyer, National Oceanographic Data Center, Silver Spring, MD, United States and Michael Patterson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, US CLIVAR Project Office, Boulder, CO, United States
OSPA Liaison:  Michael Patterson, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, US CLIVAR Project Office, Boulder, CO, United States

  • A - Atmospheric Sciences
  • GC - Global Environmental Change
Index Terms:

3305 Climate change and variability [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
3339 Ocean/atmosphere interactions [ATMOSPHERIC PROCESSES]
4504 Air/sea interactions [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]
4513 Decadal ocean variability [OCEANOGRAPHY: PHYSICAL]

Abstracts Submitted to this Session:

Thomas Richard Karl and Anthony Arguez, National Centers for Environmental Information, Asheville, NC, United States
Kevin E Trenberth, National Center for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, CO, United States
Xiangbai Wu1, Xiao-Hai Yan2 and Yan Li1, (1)Xiamen University, Xiamen, China, (2)Univ Delaware, Newark, DE, United States
Peter J Gleckler, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA, United States, Paul James Durack, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison, Livermore, United States, Ronald J Stouffer, Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory, Princeton, NJ, United States, Gregory C Johnson, NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory, Seattle, United States and Chris E Forest, Pennsylvania State University Main Campus, Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, University Park, PA, United States
Veronica Nieves1, Josh K Willis2 and William C Patzert2, (1)University of California Los Angeles, Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science and Engineering, Los Angeles, CA, United States, (2)Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, United States
Sang-Ki Lee, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, Miami, United States; University of Miami, Cooperative Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Studies, Miami, United States, Wonsun Park, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Kiel, Germany, Molly O'Neil Baringer, NOAA/AOML, Miami, FL, United States, Arnold L Gordon, Columbia University, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States, Bruce A Huber, Lamont -Doherty Earth Observatory, Palisades, NY, United States and Yanyun Liu, University of Miami, Miami, FL, United States
Lukas von Känel, ETH Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland, Thomas L Froelicher, Universtity of Bern, Climate and Environmental Physics, Bern, Switzerland and Nicolas Gruber, ETH Zurich, Environmental Systems Science, Zurich, Switzerland
Laurent Terray and William Llovel, CERFACS European Centre for Research and Advanced Training in Scientific Computation, Toulouse Cedex 01, France

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