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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Research Council. 2003. Estimating Climate Sensitivity: Report of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10787.
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APPENDIX A
ACRONYMS AND ABBREVIATIONS


AMIP

Atmospheric Model Intercomparison Project

AOGCM

atmospheric-ocean general circulation model


BASC

Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate

BC

black carbon


CCSP

Climate Change Science Program

CFC

chlorofluorocarbon


DOE

Department of Energy


ENSO

El Niño-Southern Oscillation

EPA

Environmental Protection Agency


GCM

general circulation model

GFDL

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory

GHG

greenhouse gas


HadCM3

Hadley Centre’s Third-generation coupled ocean-atmospheric GCM


IPCC/TAR

Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Third Assessment Report

ISCCP

International Satellite Cloud Climatology Projects


MAGICC

Model for the Assessment of Greenhouse-Gas Induced Climate Change

MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


NASA

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NCAR

National Center for Atmospheric Research

NOAA

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NSF

National Science Foundation


PCMDI

Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison

PDF

probability density function

ppmv

parts per million by volume


RF

radiative forcing


Seff

effective climate sensitivity

Seq

equilibrium climate sensitivity

Str

transient climate sensitivity

SCENGEN

a global and regional climate SCENario GENerator

S/N

signal-to-noise ratio

SPARC

Stratospheric Processes and Their Role in Climate (WCRP)


TCR

transient climate response

TOGA

Tropical Oceans and Global Atmosphere Program

TOMS

Total Ozone Mapping Spectrometer


USGCRP

U.S. Global Change Research Program


VOC

volatile organic compound


WCRP

World Climate Research Program

WMO

World Meteorological Organizarion

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Acronyms and Abbreviations." National Research Council. 2003. Estimating Climate Sensitivity: Report of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/10787.
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“Climate sensitivity” is a term used to characterize the response of the climate system to an imposed forcing, and is most commonly used to mean the equilibrium global mean surface temperature change that occurs in response to a doubling of atmospheric carbon dioxide concentration. The purpose of this workshop was to explore current capabilities and limitations in quantifying climate sensitivity and consider whether there are alternative approaches for characterizing climate response that might better suit the information needs of policy makers.

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