19th Conference on Climate Variability and Change
AMS Forum: Climate Change Manifested by Changes in Weather
Fifth Conference on Artificial Intelligence Applications to Environmental Science
23rd Conference on IIPS


Comparison of glacier-inferred temperatures with observations and climate model simulations

Diandong Ren, Univ. of Oklahoma/CAPS, Norman, OK; and D. J. Karoly

A reconstructed temperature history for different regions of the globe was prepared by Oerlemans [2005] from length changes of 169 glaciers. In this study, we compare the glacier-inferred temperature variations over 1900-1990 with observed and climate model simulated temperatures for the global average and for five regions: Southern Hemisphere, Northwest America, Atlantic, Asia, and the Alps. There is reasonable agreement between the glacier-inferred temperature trends and the observed temperature trends for the globe and in four of the five regions (except Northwest America, NWA). The trends for the globe and in these regions are significantly different from zero, cannot be explained by natural variability (again except for NWA), and are consistent with the model-simulated response to anthropogenic forcing in all regions. Hence, it is likely that the glacier length reductions are outside the range of natural variations and due in part to regional warming associated with increasing concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.

Joint Poster Session 1, Climate change: in Hydrometeorological Variables, Detection & Attribution (Joint Between the 19th Conference on Climate Variability and Change, 23rd Conference on IIPS, Climate Change Manifested by Changes in Weather, and the 5th Conference on Artificial Intelligence and its Applications to Environmental Sciences)
Monday, 15 January 2007, 2:30 PM-4:00 PM, Exhibit Hall C

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