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Topography, Albedo-Temperature Feedback, and Climate Sensitivity

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Science  21 Jan 1983:
Vol. 219, Issue 4582, pp. 284-285
DOI: 10.1126/science.219.4582.284

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Abstract

Numerical experiments with an energy balance model of the earth's climate suggest an enhancement of albedo-temperature feedback caused by the presence of a high middle-latitude plateau in the zonally averaged Northern Hemisphere topography. The increased climate sensitivity arises from the increased rate of change of snow cover produced by the advance or retreat of the winter snow line over the north slope of this topographic feature.