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Anomalies

Changes relative to some particular reference period

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Climate sensitivity

Change in climate for a given forcing

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Climate proxy

A recorded quantity from which some aspect of the climate at a particular time in history can be inferred

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Radiative forcing

The change in radiation balance at the top of the atmosphere that results from a change in the climate system, assuming that all other components of the system are unaffected

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Climate feedback factor

The ratio of temperature change including feedbacks to the temperature change with no feedbacks

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Response

A change in the climate system due to an imposed forcing

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Feedback

A response that amplifies or damps the effect of the original forcing

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El Niño Southern Oscillation

A continual but irregular cycle of shifts in ocean and atmospheric conditions in the equatorial Pacific with a period of about 4 years (2-7 years)

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Aerosol Direct Effect

Scattering and Absorption of solar radiation by the aerosol particles

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Detection

Demonstrating that an observed change is significantly different (in a statistical sense) from that which can be explained by natural internal climate variability. It does not imply an understanding of the causes

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Attribution

The isolation of cause and effect

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Was the Medieval Climate Anomaly global?

No. Europe and the Northern Hemisphere