Cloud variations and the Earth's energy budget Academic Article uri icon


  • The question of whether clouds are the cause of surface temperature changes, rather than acting as a feedback in response to those temperature changes, is explored using data obtained between 2000 and 2010. An energy budget calculation shows that the radiative impact of clouds accounts for little of the observed climate variations. It is also shown that observations of the lagged response of top-of-atmosphere (TOA) energy fluxes to surface temperature variations are not evidence that clouds are causing climate change. Copyright 2011 by the American Geophysical Union.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 14.656

author list (cited authors)

  • Dessler, A. E.

citation count

  • 21

complete list of authors

  • Dessler, AE

publication date

  • October 2011