Thursday, 10 March 2011

The compulsory caveat

I've just been emailed the below press release by NASA - what striking is the now compulsory caveat at the end.

Regardless of the eventual connections to be established between the solid Earth and climate, Dickey said the solid Earth's impacts on climate are still dwarfed by the much larger effects of human-produced greenhouse gases. "The solid Earth plays a role, but the ultimate solution to addressing climate change remains in our hands," she concluded.

If you read the links you'll see that this is just unnecessary - and yet strangely compulsory these days as Man's guilt for changes in global warming is matter of faith not reason.

NASA Study Goes to Earth's Core for Climate Insights

The full version of this story with accompanying images is at:

The latest evidence of the dominant role humans play in changing Earth's climate comes not from observations of Earth's ocean, atmosphere or land surface, but from deep within its molten core.

Scientists have long known that the length of an Earth day - the time it takes for Earth to make one full rotation - fluctuates around a 24-hour average. Over the course of a year, the length of a day varies by about 1 millisecond, getting longer in the winter and shorter in the summer. These seasonal changes in Earth's length of day are driven by exchanges of energy between the solid Earth and fluid motions of Earth's atmosphere (blowing winds and changes in atmospheric pressure) and its ocean. Scientists can measure these small changes in Earth's rotation using astronomical observations and very precise geodetic techniques.

But the length of an Earth day also fluctuates over much longer timescales, such as interannual (two to 10 years), decadal (approximately 10 years), or those lasting multiple decades or even longer. A dominant longer timescale mode that ranges from 65 to 80 years was observed to change the length of day by approximately 4 milliseconds at the beginning of the 20th century.

These longer fluctuations are too large to be explained by the motions of Earth's atmosphere and ocean. Instead, they're due to the flow of liquid iron within Earth's outer core, where Earth's magnetic field originates. This fluid interacts with Earth's mantle to affect Earth's rotation. While scientists cannot observe these flows directly, they can deduce their movements by observing Earth's magnetic field at the surface. Previous studies have shown that this flow of liquid iron in Earth's outer core oscillates, in waves of motion that last for decades with timescales that correspond closely to long-duration variations in Earth's length of day.

Still other studies have observed a link between the long-duration variations in Earth's length of day and fluctuations of up to 0.2 degrees Celsius (0.4 degree Fahrenheit) in Earth's long-term global average surface air temperature.

So how might all three of these variables - Earth's rotation, movements in Earth's core (formally known as the core angular momentum) and global surface air temperature - be related? That's what researchers Jean Dickey and Steven Marcus of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and colleague Olivier de Viron of the Universite Paris Diderot and Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris in France, set out to discover in a first-of-its-kind study.

The scientists mapped existing data from a model of fluid movements within Earth's core and data on yearly averaged length-of-day observations against two time series of observed annual global average surface temperature: one from NASA's Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York that extends back to 1880, and another from the United Kingdom's Met Office that extends back to 1860. Since total air temperature is composed of two components - temperature changes that occur naturally and those caused by human activities - the researchers used results from computer climate models of Earth's atmosphere and ocean to account for temperature changes due to human activities. These human-produced temperature changes were then subtracted from the total observed temperature records to generate corrected temperature records.

The researchers found that the uncorrected temperature data correlated strongly with data on movements of Earth's core and Earth's length of day until about 1930. They then began to diverge substantially: that is, global surface air temperatures continued to increase, but without corresponding changes in Earth's length of day or movements of Earth's core. This divergence corresponds with a well-documented, robust global warming trend that has been widely attributed to increased levels of human-produced greenhouse gases.

But an examination of the corrected temperature record yielded a different result: the corrected temperature record remained strongly correlated with both Earth's length of day and movements of Earth's core throughout the entire temperature data series. The researchers performed robust tests to confirm the statistical significance of their results.

"Our research demonstrates that, for the past 160 years, decadal and longer-period changes in atmospheric temperature correspond to changes in Earth's length of day if we remove the very significant effect of atmospheric warming attributed to the buildup of greenhouse gases due to mankind's enterprise," said Dickey. "Our study implies that human influences on climate during the past 80 years mask the natural balance that exists among Earth's rotation, the core angular momentum and the temperature at Earth's surface."

So what mechanism is driving these correlations? Dickey said scientists aren't sure yet, but she offered some hypotheses.

Since scientists know air temperature can't affect movements of Earth's core or Earth's length of day to the extent observed, one possibility is the movements of Earth's core might disturb Earth's magnetic shielding of charged-particle (i.e., cosmic ray) fluxes that have been hypothesized to affect the formation of clouds. This could affect how much of the sun's energy is reflected back to space and how much is absorbed by our planet. Other possibilities are that some other core process could be having a more indirect effect on climate, or that an external (e.g. solar) process affects the core and climate simultaneously.

Regardless of the eventual connections to be established between the solid Earth and climate, Dickey said the solid Earth's impacts on climate are still dwarfed by the much larger effects of human-produced greenhouse gases. "The solid Earth plays a role, but the ultimate solution to addressing climate change remains in our hands," she concluded.

Study results were published recently in the Journal of Climate.

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Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Has it all been a waste of time and effort ?

Some scientists are saying that CO2 quantities being doubled will mean a rise of only 1.64'C - when the UN target is to keep it below 2'C. So job done - no need to destroy our economy and let pensioers freeze in fuel poverty to save the planet and promote hard left agenda wrapped in green paper then.

The basis of the argument is that the models are wrong.

Wow - who would have thought it.

Remember the man made climate change disaster movement basis its arguments on unproven and incomplete computer models that also try to model non-linear processes with strong feedbacks which are hard to quantify. To those of us in the computer modelling business this means they have no idea and should come straight with the public on this point.

Saturday, 9 October 2010

Damaging allergations about Warmism and Science

Damaging allegations about Warmism and Science:

This is what worries me about the ever extreme expressions of the Warmist movement - that eventually it is science that will be damaged for a generation.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Yes this is a blog

I've been having a bit of difficulty getting Technorati to register this blog.

I have to say I think it might be the subject rather than the content that's giving the problem ... if there's another reason please let me know in comments ( after all this is a blog you know ).

What they say is:

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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Banned by Technorati

Its not through lack of trying - they didn't like my site description initially, and have now come to this conclusion.

You have to wonder if its not the subject that's the problem for them ...

Saturday, 11 September 2010

Cheating Warmists

The truth is getting lost in the Amazon - Telegraph mobile This article tells how the best sellers on climate change list has been censured to prevent people learning about the full scientific debate.

This attempt to censor the debate is just another worrying expression of the Warmists 'the science is settled' lie. (We now know it isn't and we were deliberately deceived.)
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Friday, 10 September 2010