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Issues in Establishing Climate Sensitivity in Recent Studies
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Received: 8 September 2011 / Accepted: 16 September 2011 / Published: 16 September 2011
Abstract: Numerous attempts have been made to constrain climate sensitivity with observations [1-10] (with  as LC09,  as SB11). While all of these attempts contain various caveats and sources of uncertainty, some efforts have been shown to contain major errors and are demonstrably incorrect. For example, multiple studies [11-13] separately addressed weaknesses in LC09 . The work of Trenberth et al. , for instance, demonstrated a basic lack of robustness in the LC09 method that fundamentally undermined their results. Minor changes in that study’s subjective assumptions yielded major changes in its main conclusions. Moreover, Trenberth et al.  criticized the interpretation of El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) as an analogue for exploring the forced response of the climate system. In addition, as many cloud variations on monthly time scales result from internal atmospheric variability, such as the Madden-Julian Oscillation, cloud variability is not a deterministic response to surface temperatures. Nevertheless, many of the problems in LC09  have been perpetuated, and Dessler  has pointed out similar issues with two more recent such attempts [7,8]. Here we briefly summarize more generally some of the pitfalls and issues involved in developing observational constraints on climate feedbacks. [...]
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Trenberth, K.E.; Fasullo, J.T.; Abraham, J.P. Issues in Establishing Climate Sensitivity in Recent Studies. Remote Sens. 2011, 3, 2051-2056.
Trenberth KE, Fasullo JT, Abraham JP. Issues in Establishing Climate Sensitivity in Recent Studies. Remote Sensing. 2011; 3(9):2051-2056.
Trenberth, Kevin E.; Fasullo, John T.; Abraham, John P. 2011. "Issues in Establishing Climate Sensitivity in Recent Studies." Remote Sens. 3, no. 9: 2051-2056.