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Appendix - Abbreviations and terms
Tim of ThyArt   30 Apr 2020 / updated: 30/Apr/2020

Abbreviations and terms:

AMO - Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation

AMOC - Atlantic meridional overturning circulation

AMSU - Advanced Microwave Sounding Unit

AO - Arctic Oscillation

BAMS - Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society

BCE - Before Common Era

CAPE - convective available potential energy

CE - Common Era

CFCs - chlorofluorocarbons

CONUS - contiguous United States

DOE - U.S. Department of Energy

ENSO - El Niño-Southern Oscillation

GHCN - Global Historical Climatology Network (National Centers for Environmental Information, NOAA)

GHG - greenhouse gas

GMSL - global mean sea level

GMT - global mean temperature

GPS - global positioning system

GRACE - Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment

HCFCs - hydrochlorofluorocarbons

HFCs - hydrofluorocarbons

IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

IPCC AR5 - Fifth Assessment Report of the IPCC; also SPM – Summary for Policymakers, and WG1, WG2, WG3 – Working Groups 1-3

IPO - Interdecadal Pacific Oscillation

MSU - Microwave Sounding Unit

NAO - North Atlantic Oscillation

NAS - National Academy of Sciences

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration

NCA - National Climate Assessment

NCA3 - Third National Climate Assessment

NCA4 - Fourth National Climate Assessment

NCEI - National Centers for Environmental Information (NOAA)

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

NPO - North Pacific oscillation

OSTP - Office of Science and Technology Policy (White House)

PDO - Pacific Decadal Oscillation

PDSI - Palmer Drought Severity Index

PGW - pseudo-global warming

PNA - Pacific North American Pattern

RF - radiative forcing

SSC - Science Steering Committee

SST - sea surface temperature

STAR - Center for Satellite Applications and Research (NOAA)

TSI - total solar irradiance

UAH - University of Alabama, Huntsville

UHI - urban heat island (effect)

UNFCCC - United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

USGS - U.S. Geological Survey

UV - ultraviolet

WMO - World Meteorological Organization (United Nations)


Abbreviations and Units

CO - carbon monoxide

CH4 - methane

cm - centimeters

CO2 - carbon dioxide

°C - degrees Celsius

°F - degrees Fahrenheit

H2S - hydrogen sulfide

H2SO4 - sulfuric acid

km - kilometers

m - meters

mm - millimeters

Mt - megaton

N - nitrogen

N2O - nitrous oxide

NOx - nitrogen oxides

O2 - molecular oxygen

O3 - ozone

OH - hydroxyl radical

PgC - petagrams of carbon

ppb - parts per billion

ppm - parts per million

SF6 - sulfur hexafluoride

SO2 - sulfur dioxide

W/m2 - Watts per meter squared

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