New parameterizations and sensitivities for simple climate models Academic Article uri icon


  • This paper presents a reexamination of the Earth radiation budget parameterization of energy balance climate models in light of data collected over the last 12 years. The study consists of three parts: 1) an examination of the infrared terrestrial radiation to space and its relationship to the surface temperature field on time scales from 1 month to 10 years; 2) an examination of the albedo of the Earth with special attention to the seasonal cycle of snow and clouds; 3) solutions for the seasonal cycle using the new parameterizations with special attention to changes in sensitivity. While the infrared parameterization is not dramatically different from that used in the past, the albedo in the new data suggest that a stronger latitude dependence be employed. -from Authors

published proceedings

  • Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres

author list (cited authors)

  • Graves, C. E., Lee, W., & North, G. R.

citation count

  • 50

complete list of authors

  • Graves, Charles E||Lee, Wan-Ho||North, Gerald R

publication date

  • March 1993