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The Mount Pinatubo Eruption

Volume 42 of the series NATO ASI Series pp 233-272

A Pinatubo Climate Modeling Investigation

  • J. HansenAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
  • , M. SatoAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
  • , R. RuedyAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
  • , A. LacisAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
  • , K. AsamoahAffiliated withAndrew Jackson High School
  • , S. BorensteinAffiliated withYork College
  • , E. BrownAffiliated withBronx High School of Science
  • , B. CairnsAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
  • , G. CaliriAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
    • , M. CampbellAffiliated withCity College of New York
    • , B. CurranAffiliated withBronx High School of Science
    • , S. de CastroAffiliated withYork College
    • , L. DruyanAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
    • , M. FoxAffiliated withBronx High School of Science
    • , C. JohnsonAffiliated withAndrew Jackson High School
    • , J. LernerAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
    • , M. P. McCormickAffiliated withNASA Langley Research Center
    • , R. MillerAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
    • , P. MinnisAffiliated withNASA Langley Research Center
    • , A. MorrisonAffiliated withYork College
    • , L. PandolfoAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
    • , I. RamberrannAffiliated withAndrew Jackson High School
    • , F. ZauckerAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
    • , M. RobinsonAffiliated withAndrew Jackson High School
    • , P. RussellAffiliated withNASA Ames Research Center
    • , K. ShahAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
    • , P. StoneAffiliated withCenter for Meteorology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    • , I. TegenAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA
    • , L. ThomasonAffiliated withNASA Langley Research Center
    • , J. WilderAffiliated withBronx High School of Science
    • , H. WilsonAffiliated withGoddard Institute for Space Studies, NASA

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Abstract

Global cooling of the Earth’s surface has been observed following the largest volcanic eruptions of the past century, although the average cooling is perhaps less than expected from simple energy balance considerations. The Mount Pinatubo eruption, with both the climate forcing and response observed better than previous volcanoes, allows a more quantitative analysis of the sensitivity of climate to a transient forcing. We describe the strategy and preliminary results of a comprehensive investigation of the Pinatubo case.