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Recent temperature changes have been notable at both global and UK scales, such as the rate of global warming in the early 2000s followed by record warmth in 2015 and 2016, and the relative warmth in the UK during the last two decades that was interrupted by a spell of mostly cooler years from 2008 to 2013 (though 2011 was warm and all but 2010 remained above the long-term mean). The aim of this paper is threefold: to provide a brief review of the key issues in observing the Earth’s surface temperature, to present an update of these temperature time series to show the latest changes, and to discuss some of the mechanisms that have contributed to the observed changes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323–329
Number of pages7
Issue number11
Early online date8 Nov 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017

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