Greenhouse gases: what is their role in climate change?

J. A. Edmonds, D. Wuebbles, W. U. Chandler

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Summarizes information relevant to understanding the role of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. We address the issue of the Earth's radiation budget and the greenhouse effect itself in the first section. In the second section we examine trends in atmospheric concentration of greenhouse gases, emissions sources, and natural processes which regulate the concentration of greenhouse gases. In the third section we examine the natural carbon cycle and its role in determining the atmospheric residence time of carbon dioxide (CO2). In the fourth section, the role atmospheric chemistry plays in determining the concentrations greenhouse gases is examined. In the final section we discuss the global warming potential concept. This chapter is intended to summarize some of the major findings, unknowns, and uncertainties associated with the current state of knowledge regarding the role of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere. -from Authors

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)13-58
Number of pages46
JournalUnknown Journal
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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