Time scales and ratios of climate forcing due to thermal versus carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels

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The earth is heated much more by the long term effects of CO2, than it is by the initisl burning of the carbon.



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The Earth is heated both when reduced carbon is oxidized to carbon dioxide and when outgoing longwave radiation is trapped by carbon dioxide in the atmosphere (CO2greenhouse effect) [Washington1972Nordell2003Block et al., 2004Chaisson2008Flanner2009Ma et al., 2011G. J. Zhang et al., 2013X. Zhang et al., 2013]. The purpose of this study is to improve our understanding of time scales and relative magnitudes of climate forcing increase over time from pulse, continuous, and historical CO2 and thermal emissions. We aim to (1) improve our understanding of time scales and relative magnitudes of the forcing increase over time due to pulse fossil fuel combustion thermal and CO2emissions; (2) identify for a pulse emission the crossover time when warming from CO2exceeds warming from thermal; and (3) understand how this affects cumulative forcing from thermal and CO2 emissions since the Industrial Revolution.