Science Sources: Detection and Attribution

Climate Signals tracks detection and attribution studies in real time. Below is an updating database of studies that find the fingerprint of human-caused climate change on observed trends and events. The database is limited to studies of local significance in the United States and studies of global significance. For a broader database of peer-reviewed studies and organizational reports on climate change trends, please see all Science Sources.

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Title Sourcesort descending Date Author(s)
Seasonal Climate Variability and Change in the Pacific Northwest of the United States American Meteorological Society Feb 24, 2014 John T. Abatzoglou, David E. Rupp and Philip W. Mote
Anthropogenic Influence on Long Return Period Daily Temperature Extremes at Regional Scales American Meteorological Society Sep 22, 2010 Francis W. Zwiers, Xuebin Zhang and Yang Feng
Evidence that Recent Warming is Reducing Upper Colorado River Flows AMS Earth Interactions Dec 8, 2017 Gregory J. McCabe
Multimodel Multisignal Climate Change Detection at Regional Scale AMS Journal of Climate Sep 1, 2006 Xuebin Zhang
Causes of the 2011–14 California Drought AMS Journal of Climate Sep 11, 2015 Richard Seager, Martin Hoerling, Siegfried Schubert, Hailan Wang, Bradfield Lyon, Arun Kumar, Jennifer Nakamura, and Naomi Henderson
Human Contribution to the Lengthening of the Growing Season during 1950–99 AMS Journal of Climate Nov 1, 2007 Nikolaos Christidis, Peter A. Stott, and Simon Brown
Detection and Attribution of Observed Changes in Northern Hemisphere Spring Snow Cover AMS Journal of Climate Sep 9, 2013 David E. Rupp and Philip W. Mote
Model Assessment of Observed Precipitation Trends Over Land Regions: Detectable Human Influences and Possible Low Bias in Model Trends AMS Journal of Climate Mar 12, 2018 Thomas R. Knutson and Fanrong Zeng
Detecting Greenhouse-Gas-Induced Climate Change with an Optimal Fingerprint Method AMS Journal of Climate Oct 1, 1996 Hegerl, G.C., H.v. Storch, K. Hasselmann, B.D. Santer, U. Cubasch, and P.D. Jones
Change in the Odds of Warm Years and Seasons Due to Anthropogenic Influence on the Climate AMS Journal of Climate Mar 26, 2014 Nikolaos Christidis and Peter A. Stott
Anthropogenic Warming of the Oceans: Observations and Model Results AMS Journal of Climate May 15, 2006 David W. Pierce and Tim P. Barnett
Detectable Changes in the Frequency of Temperature Extremes AMS Journal of Climate Feb 27, 2013 Simone Morak, Gabriele C. Hegerl, and Nikolaos Christidis
Forced and Internal Twentieth-Century SST Trends in the North Atlantic AMS Journal of Climate Mar 15, 2009 Mingfang Ting, Yochanan Kushnir, Richard Seager, and Cuihua Li
A multiregion model evaluation and attribution study of historical changes in the area affected by temperature and precipitation extremes AMS Journal of Climate Nov 3, 2016 Andrea J. Dittus and David J. Karoly
Causes of Robust Seasonal Land Precipitation Changes AMS Journal of Climate Oct 23, 2013 Debbie Polson and Gabriele C. Hegerl
Attribution of Declining Western U.S. Snowpack to Human Effects AMS Journal of Climate Dec 1, 2008 David W. Pierce, Tim P. Barnett, Hugo G. Hidalgo, Tapash Das, Céline Bonfils, Benjamin D. Santer, Govindasamy Bala, Michael D. Dettinger, Daniel R. Cayan, Art Mirin, Andrew W. Wood, and Toru Nozawa
Detection and attribution of temperature changes in the mountainous western United States AMS Journal of Climate Dec 1, 2008 Céline Bonfils, Benjamin D. Santer, David W. Pierce, Hugo G. Hidalgo, Govindasamy Bala, Tapash Das, Tim P. Barnett, Daniel R. Cayan, Charles Doutriaux, Andrew W. Wood, Art Mirin, and Toru Nozawa
Toward Regional-Scale Climate Change Detection AMS Journal of Climate Mar 1, 2003 Francis W. Zwiers and Xuebin Zhang
Detection and Attribution of Streamflow Timing Changes to Climate Change in the Western United States AMS Journal of Climate Jul 1, 2009 H. G. Hidalgo, T. Das, M. D. Dettinger, D. R. Cayan, D. W. Pierce, T. P. Barnett, G. Bala, A. Mirin, A. W. Wood, C. Bonfils, B. D. Santer, and T. Nozawa
Attribution of extreme events in Arctic sea ice extent AMS Journal of Climate Dec 27, 2016 Megan C. Kirchmeier-Young