Climate Feedback - Definition, glossary, details

An interaction between various processes of climate system is called climate feedback, where in the result of one process triggers changes in the another process that in turn will influence the initial one. There are many climate feedback mechanisms that can either amplify or diminish the effects of climate change contributing factors. A positive feedback is one that can amplify the effects of climate change while negative feedback is one that diminishes the same. For example, as increase in concentration of greenhouse gases causes warming of earth’s surface which inturn results in melting of glaciers. This melting exposes the darker ground surfaces that now can absorb more solar radiation than when it was covered by snow and ice. This increase in absorption causes further rise in temperature which causes more melting and thus forms a cycle. This feedback mechanism known as ‘ice-albedo’ effect amplifies the initial warming caused by rising levels of greenhouse gases.

Other Terms

Carbon capture and storage Carbon sink Carbon Sequestration
Clean Development Mechanism Climate Change Carbon Credits
Carbon Trading Cap and Trade Carbon Footprint
Carbon Offset CO2 Scrubber Chemical Absorption
Cogeneration Certified Emission Reduction (CER) Coal Bed Methane (CBM)
Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) Carbon Cycle Carbon Tax
Clathrate Gun Hypothesis Canadian Sedimentary Basin Carbon dioxide Fertilization
Carbon dioxide Equivalent Carbon Intensity Clean Coal technology
Carbon Emission Reduction Target (CERT) Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
Carbon Market Conference of Parties (COP) Carbon Allowance
Carbon Offset Cap Rock Chloroflurocarbons (CFCs)
CO2 migration Carbon Adsorbent California Climate Action Registry (CCAR)
Carbon Financial Instrument (CFI) contract Carbon leakage Carbon Neutral
Climate lag Coal Mine Methane Carbon Accounting
Coal Gasification Carbon Price Carbon Calculation

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