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)
Record-Setting Ocean Warmth Continued in 2019 Advances in Atmospheric Sciences Jan 9, 2020 Lijing Chengm, John Abraham, Jiang Zhu, Kevin E. Trenberth, John Fasullo,Tim Boyer, Ricardo Locarnini, Bin Zhang, Fujiang Yu, Liying Wan, Xingrong Chen, Xiangzhou Song, Yulong Liu, and Michael E. Mann
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
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
Evidence that Recent Warming is Reducing Upper Colorado River Flows AMS Earth Interactions Dec 8, 2017 Gregory J. McCabe
Toward Regional-Scale Climate Change Detection AMS Journal of Climate Mar 1, 2003 Francis W. Zwiers and Xuebin Zhang
Anatomy of an Extreme Event AMS Journal of Climate Oct 19, 2012 Martin Hoerling, Arun Kumar, Randall Dole, John W. Nielsen-Gammon, Jon Eischeid, Judith Perlwitz, Xiao-Wei Quan, Tao Zhang, Philip Pegion, and Mingyue Chen
Attributing Causes of 2015 Record Minimum Sea-Ice Extent in the Sea of Okhotsk AMS Journal of Climate May 25, 2017 Seungmok Paik, Seung-Ki Min, and Yeon-Hee Kim
Detection of human influence on a new, validated 1500-year temperature reconstruction AMS Journal of Climate Feb 15, 2007 Gabriele C. Hegerl, Thomas J. Crowley, Myles Allen, William T. Hyde, Henry N. Pollack, Jason Smerdon, and Eduardo Zorita
Multimodel Detection and Attribution of Extreme Temperature Changes AMS Journal of Climate Sep 24, 2013 Seung-Ki Min, Xuebin Zhang, Francis Zwiers, Hideo Shiogama, Yu-Shiang Tung, and Michael Wehner
The Role of Human Activity in the Recent Warming of Extremely Warm Daytime Temperatures AMS Journal of Climate Apr 1, 2011 Nikolaos Christidis, Peter A. Stott, and Simon J. Brown
Detecting climate signals in the surface temperature record AMS Journal of Climate Apr 1, 1998 Gerald R. North and Mark J. Stevens
Dominant Role of Subtropical Pacific Warming in Extreme Eastern Pacific Hurricane Seasons: 2015 and the Future AMS Journal of Climate Dec 16, 2016 Hiroyuki Murakami, Gabriel A. Vecchi, Thomas L. Delworth, Andrew T. Wittenberg, Seth Underwood, Richard Gudgel, Xiaosong Yang, Liwei Jia, Fanrong Zeng, Karen Paffendorf, and Wei Zhang
Is There a Role for Human-Induced Climate Change in the Precipitation Decline that Drove the California Drought? AMS Journal of Climate Nov 29, 2017 Richard Seager, Naomi Henderson, Mark A. Cane, Haibo Liu, and Jennifer Nakamura
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
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
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
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
Anthropogenic Warming of the Oceans: Observations and Model Results AMS Journal of Climate May 15, 2006 David W. Pierce and Tim P. Barnett