Role of 'natural factors' on recent climate change underestimated, research shows

phys.org | 10/10/2018 | Staff
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Pioneering new research has given a new perspective on the crucial role that 'natural factors' play in global warming.

The study, by Dr. Indrani Roy at the University of Exeter, suggests that the natural phenomena such as solar eleven-year cycles and strong volcanic explosions play important roles in recent climate change which has been 'underestimated'.

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All existing studies focus on the rise in CO2 in the atmosphere as being the main driver of global temperature rises.

However, Dr. Roy suggests that the role natural factors plays in climate change should be given more prominence. This study explores various possible areas where models miss important contributions due to these natural drivers.

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The research is published in leading journal Frontiers in Earth Science.

Although CO2 has risen significantly since 1998, global temperature did not show any significant increase. Models however suggested a significant rise.

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Dr. Roy said: "So what factors are missing? It is a puzzle of recent slowdown of global warming trend or Hiatus and this study addresses that issue."

For the study, Dr. Roy looked specifically at data between 1976-96, which...
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