The stable stationary value of the Earth’s global average atmospheric infrared optical thickness

by Ferenc Miskolczi
Presented by Miklos Zagoni
EGU2011 Vienna

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According to the simple-minded or ‘classic’ view of the greenhouse effect the global average greenhouse temperature change may be estimated by the direct application of the Beer-Lambert law moderated by local or regional scale weather phenomena (R. Pierrehumbert, A. Lacis, R. Spencer, R. Lindzen, A. P. Smith, H. deBruin, J. Abraham et al., J. Hansen et al.,and many others)*. This is not true.

The greenhouse effect is a global scale radiative phenomenon and cannot be discussed without the explicit quantitative understanding of the global characteristics of the IR atmospheric absorption and its governing physical principles.

The dynamics of the greenhouse effect depend on the dynamics of the absorbed solar radiation and the space-time distribution of the atmospheric humidity. The global distribution of the IR optical thickness is fundamentally stochastic. The instantaneous effective values are governed by the turbulent mixing of H2O in the air and the global (meridional) redistribution of the thermal energy resulted from the general (atmospheric and oceanic) circulation.


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    Berthold Klein says:

    The most recent release of the experimental work of Dr. Nahle of the experimental work of Robert W. Wood 1909 shows that the “greenhouse gas effect” does not exist. This is concistant with the experimental work I posted several months ago @ G3 December, 2010 section 10 The Demonstration. The reference to Dr. Nahle is below.
    Greenhouse gas theory of global warming is refuted in momentous Mexican lab experiment. Results mean epic fail for doomsaying cult and climate taxes.

    Professor Nahle of Monterrey, Mexico backed by a team of international scientists has faithfully recreated a famous experiment from 1909 to confirm that the greenhouse effect cannot cause global warming.

    Astonishingly, the 1909 greenhouse gas experiment first performed by Professor Robert W. Wood at John Hopkins University hadn’t been replicated for a century. This despite over $100 billion spent by the man-made global warming industry trying to prove its case that carbon dioxide is a dangerous atmospheric pollutant.

    The analogy had been that greenhouse gases (e.g. CO2) act like the glass in a greenhouse trapping heat in Earth’s atmosphere and if they build up (due to human industrial emissions) the planet would dangerously overheat.

    Nahle Nails Shut Climate Scare Coffin

    At the Biology Cabinet laboratories Professor Nahle was able to confirm the astounding findings: Wood was right all along. After peer-review the results confirm that the so-called ‘greenhouse effect’ is solely due to the blockage of convective heat transfer within the environment in which it is contained i.e. as in this case, a lab flask.

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    Indeed, it is the glass of the lab flask (or ‘greenhouse’) that caused the “trapped” radiation all along. The flask (or greenhouse) being what scientists refer to as a ‘closed system’; while Earth’s atmosphere isn’t closed at all but rather open to space allowing heat energy to freely escape.

    Nahle’s findings shoot holes in claims of Professor Pratt of Stanford University whose own replication of Wood’s experiment was touted as the first official reconstruction of Wood’s test for a century. Pratt claimed he had disproved Wood’s findings.

    “This is the reason that I decided to repeat the experiment of Professor Pratt to either falsify or verify his results and those of Professor Wood,“ says the Mexican professor at the Biology Cabinet.

    The Monterrey science research institute also recreated Wood’s test into the effect of longwave infrared radiation trapped inside a greenhouse. Unlike Pratt it found that Wood’s findings were correct, absolutely valid and systematically repeatable. The Bio Cab man affirms, “ the greenhouse effect does not exist as it is described in many didactic books and articles.”

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    Berthold Klein says:

    One very important aspect of this is that this same work by Dr. Nahle could have been done at any US university except they were all taking “government grants” to promote “Mann-made global warming.” Congratulations to Dr. Nahle and his team.
    Now it time to take this information to the US Supreme Court to show that their ruling in
    No. 05–1120. Argued November 29, 2006—Decided April 2, 2007 is null and void. EPA cannot have the power to control something that does not exist. This goes for every state law amid to control CO2.

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