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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)

Related terms:
climate projections, greenhouse gas emissions, emission factors, carbon dioxide

Broader terms:
emissions

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