Space Science Reviews

, Volume 81, Issue 1, pp 173–198

Co2 and Climate: a Geologist's View

  • Harry N.A. Priem

DOI: 10.1023/A:1004953900299

Cite this article as:
Priem, H.N. Space Science Reviews (1997) 81: 173. doi:10.1023/A:1004953900299


Climate is discussed as an integral part of ‘System Earth’, determined by a complex interplay of numerous geological, biological and solar processes. The historical and geological record of changing climate and atmospheric CO2 pressure does not support the current popular vision that this greenhouse gas is the dominant climate controlling agent. When empirically ante post tested against past global climate changes, the ‘forecasts’ of the climate models mainly based on forcing by atmospheric CO2 are not borne out. On the other hand, recent studies show that solar variability rather than changing CO2 pressure is an important, probably the dominant climate forcing factor.

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Harry N.A. Priem
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of Earth SciencesUtrecht UniversityUtrecht
  2. 2.Global Institute for the Study of Natural ResourcesThe HagueThe Netherlands