Saturday, April 14, 2007

A newly-described contributor to global temperature cycles

One of the recurring themes of the IPCC and its supporters is "the science is settled". So what are we to do with an entirely logical, little-known, mathematically-demonstrable link between the roughness of the ocean and its exchange of heat with the atmosphere above it?

This study shows a link among conditions which lead to stronger winds, rougher seas and cooling temperatures, and, alternately, calmer winds, smoother seas and warming temperatures. The bottom line?
  • "Sea water emissivity amplified the solar influence on climate during the Medieval Warm Period"
  • "Wind dependant sea water thermal emissivity is a dominating climate parameter, also in comparison with anthropogenic atmospheric greenhouse gas and aerosol concentrations."
Imagine finding a dominating parameter, entirely unaccounted for in the climate models, that amplifies the effect of fluctuations in solar radiation. Now think of being a climate modeller, using fudge factors to cover all the things that you don't understand.

If the models were attributing changes in temperature to changes in CO2 levels, then suddenly there is less room left for CO2 to be an influence. Dr. Volz has found a significant new contributor to temperature regimes. Fear and loathing of CO2 emissions is suddenly sillier than ever.

An inconvenient truth indeed...