Title: Forecasts of Global Temperatures from Statistical Methods and Global Circulation Models
Citation: Proceedings of the 17th Workshop on Physical Processes in Natural Waters p. 92-93
Publisher: University of Trento
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC88874
ISBN: 978-88-8443-551-4 (ebook)
978-88-8443-550-7 (prinf)
URI: http://eprints.biblio.unitn.it/4293/
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: During the past five decades, global air temperatures have been warming at a rather high rate (IPCC-2013) resulting in scientific and social concern. This warming trend is observed in field and model data and affects both air temperatures over land and over the ocean. However, the warming rate changes with time and this has led to question the causes underlying the observed trends. Here, we analyze recent measured and modeled data on global mean surface air temperature anomalies (GMTA) covering the last 160 years using spectral techniques. The spectral analysis shows two major signals, a strong secular trend (ST) and a clear multidecadal sinusoidal oscillation (MDV) that resembles the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO). The observed acceleration of the warming during the period from 1970 to 2000 therefore appears to be caused by a superimposition of anthropogenic-induced warming (~60%) with the positive phase of a multidecadal oscillation (~40%). The recent slowdown (hiatus) of this tendency is likely due to a shift in the MDV phase. This change in the MDV phase could mask the effect of global warming in the forthcoming decades and the current hiatus could be already a manifestation of this phenomenon. Most current generation global circulation models (CMIP5) do not reproduce this MDV and are missing the actual temperature hiatus. Therefore, it is less likely that these models could correctly forecast the temperature evolution during the coming decades. We propose here to use the climate dynamics that is inherent in the GMTA data for statistical forecasting of the temperatures until 2100. These forecasts, based on the analyzed secular trend and the multidecadal oscillations are indeed capable of reproducing the actual hiatus and generally result, in comparison to CMIP5 forecasts, in much lower temperature increases for 2100 of only about 1oC. Global mean air temperatures could be even decreasing for the next 2-3 decades. Henceforth, for a correct assessment of the anthropogenic-induced warming of the global air temperatures in the future natural multidecadal temperature oscillations should be taken into account.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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