publication . Article . 2008

Global surface air temperatures: Update through 1987

James Hansen; S. Lebedeff;
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  • Published: 06 Feb 2008 Journal: Geophysical Research Letters, volume 15, pages 323-326 (issn: 0094-8276, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Geophysical Union (AGU)
Data from meteorological stations show that surface air temperatures in the 1980s are the warmest in the history of instrumental records. The four warmest years on record are all in the 1980s, with the warmest years in the analysis being 1981 and 1987. The rate of warming between the mid-1960s and the present is higher than that which occurrred in the previous period of rapid warming between the 1880s and 1940.
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free text keywords: General Earth and Planetary Sciences, Geophysics, Air temperature, Environmental science, Greenhouse effect, Climate change, Instrumental temperature record, Climatology, Atmospheric sciences, Atmospheric temperature
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