Atmospheric and Climate Sciences

Volume 7, Issue 1 (January 2017)

ISSN Print: 2160-0414   ISSN Online: 2160-0422

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An Analysis of the Spectral Energetics for a Planet Experiencing Rapid Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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DOI: 10.4236/acs.2017.71009    1,287 Downloads   1,754 Views  


So far, energetics studies related to climate change have focused on the disturbed and undisturbed kinetic and potential energies, as well as their transformations, without dealing with the energetics involved in the phenomena of different spatial scales. Thus, the present work reports the first analysis of the spectral energetics for a condition of climate change, followed by the high-range emission scenario, RCP8.5, which originated from the new Max Planck Institute Earth System Model (MPI-ESM). The results showed that both types of generation (Go and Gn), baroclinic processes (Co and Cn), kinetic energies (Ko and Kn) and the barotropic process, Mn, significantly increase in the condition of a warming climate. Moreover, the results still reveal that in the most components of the energetics, is the planetary scale waves that are the most impacted under a climate change scenario. These results highlight that global warming can have different impacts on particular types of motions.

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Aranha, A. and Veiga, J. (2017) An Analysis of the Spectral Energetics for a Planet Experiencing Rapid Greenhouse Gas Emissions. Atmospheric and Climate Sciences, 7, 117-126. doi: 10.4236/acs.2017.71009.

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