It has been found that a single emission of carbondioxide CO2 takes a decade long to have its maximum global warming effect on the Earth. With growing emission of CO2, this might cause serious ill effects on the planet.
Scientists and researchers have combined the information on Earth’s carbon cycle, especially, how quickly the ocean and biosphere took up a large pulse of CO2 into the atmosphere-with information about the Earth’s climate system taken from a group of climate models used in the latest IPCC assessment, to calculate the effect of CO2.
The research concludes that the maximum time between the first emission and warming is 10.1 years. On this note it is clear that the global warming exists for more than a century.
Lead author of the study Katharine Ricke says,
“Amazingly, despite many decades of climate science, there has never been a study focused on how long it takes to feel the warming from a particular emission of carbon dioxide, taking carbon-climate uncertainties into consideration. A lot of climate scientists may have an intuition about how long it takes to feel the warming from a particular emission of CO2, but that intuition might be a little bit out of sync with our best estimates from today’s climate and carbon cycle models.”
The research also answers the reason for the time gap. It’s because the upper layer of the oceans take longer time to heat up than the atmosphere. Additionally, as the ocean takes up more heat, the overall climate warms up.
This study will create a base theory for other warming related researches. It is advisable to control the glut of carbon dioxide into the air in order to prevent its impact on the future generations.