global warming potential

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Synonyms: GWP, greenhouse warming potential

An index, based upon radiative properties of well mixed greenhouse gases, measuring the radiative forcing of a unit mass of a given well mixed greenhouse gas in today's atmosphere integrated over a chosen time horizon, relative to that of carbon dioxide. The GWP represents the combined effect of the differing times these gases remain in the atmosphere and their relative effectiveness in absorbing outgoing thermal infrared radiation. The Kyoto Protocol is based on GWPs from pulse emissions over a 100- year time frame. (IPCC)

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climate projectionsA projection of the response of the climate system to emission or concentration scenarios of greenhouse gases and aerosols, or radiative forcing scenarios, often based upon simulations by climate models. Climate projections are distinguished from climate predictions in order to emphasise that ..., greenhouse gas emissionsGreenhouse gas emissions cause dangerous anthropogenic climate change. Emissions include CO2, fluoridated gases, methane which are emitted by human activity such as deforestation and burning fossil fuels, and water vapour., emission factorsDescribes CO2 emissions per unit of fuel; biomass is regarded to have an emission factor of zero.An emission factor is a unique value for scaling emissions to activity data in terms of a standard rate of emissions per unit of activity (e.g., grams of CO2 emitted per liter of fossil fuel ..., carbon dioxideCarbon dioxide (CO2) is emitted in several ways. Naturally through the carbon cycle and through human activities like the burning of fossil fuels. These human activities have increased CO2 concentrations in the atmosphere since the beginning of the industrial revolution and these high ...

Broader terms:
emissionsEmissions of greenhouse gases, greenhouse gas precursors, and aerosols associated with human activities, including the burning of fossil fuels, deforestation, land-use changes, livestock, fertilisation, etc. (IPCC)

Narrower terms:
industrial global warming potentialA factor used to calculate the cumulative radiative forcing impact of multiple specific (GWP) GHGs in a comparable way (WRI, 2013); The GHG Protocol defines a global warming potential (GWP) as “A factor describing the radiative forcing impact (degree of harm to the atmosphere) of one unit of ...

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