Climate Inertia

Inertia is the property of matter by witch it continues in its exiting state of rest of uniform motion in a straight line, unless that state is changed by some external force.

Climate inertia describes the long term characteristic of climate and ecological systems, and the slow-to-become-apparent effects of anthropogenic impacts arising from greenhouse gases and carbon emissions such as global warming, melting ice sheets, rising sea levels and more frequent extreme weather events.

Carbon inertia describes the long term trajectory of carbon dioxide emissions given current positive emissions into the atmosphere far exceed negative emissions, carbon absorption and decay.  It will take time to reduce net emissions, it will take longer for atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide to respond to a reduction in net emissions and it will take longer still for the climate system to adjust to a change in concentration of CO2.

Climate Inertia was last modified: September 3rd, 2017 by admin