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The Energy Balance and the Greenhouse Effect: 3 of 3

This article wasn’t supposed to be so long, but it is important to understand the science behind the Greenhouse Effect (GHE).  My view is that net energy transfer to the atmosphere is the primary driver of the warmer atmosphere and the GHE.  While that isn’t currently the conventional approach, there is nothing that precludes it […]

Posted December 5th, 2010.


The Earth’s Energy Balance: Simple Overview

The idea behind an energy balance is the conservation of energy. All the energy that enters a system (the Earth for instance) must go somewhere. In the case of the Earth, most of the energy is leaving the Earth. The small amount of energy that does not leave is used (absorbed). For example plants use the suns energy to drive photosynthesis. So for the Earth as a whole the energy balance looks like this.

Posted November 28th, 2010.


The Difference between “Forcing” and Heat Transfer

This is a continuation of the series on Radiative Heat Transfer (RHT).  The purpose of the series is to use normal life experiences to explain RHT.  In this article I will explain the difference between “forcing” and the transfer of energy.  They seem similar, but they are different. A useful situation to explain the difference […]

Posted November 21st, 2010.


Radiative Heat Transfer: Medium Overview, Part 2 of 2.

This is the third article in the series about Radiative Heat Transfer (RHT). In the previous two articles I have described the basics and then gone over one example. That first example is comparable to how the Earth gets energy from the sun. The example was that of a fire warming up a person’s hands […]

Posted November 14th, 2010.


Radiative Heat Transfer: Medium Overview, Part 1 of 2.

This is a continuation of the Radiative Heat Transfer series. If covers the actual energy transfer between two bodies. It is broken into two parts. The first part describes the nature of heat transfer and then builds upon the fire analogy from the first article.

Posted November 9th, 2010.


Radiative Heat Transfer: Simple Overview

The linchpin of the global warming debate centers on what the impact is of increased levels of CO2 in the atmosphere. If there is little to no impact, then there is not problem. If it does make a big difference, then there is reason to worry. That question is answered through the analysis of radiative heat transfer. This is the most misunderstood science in the entire debate. This is meant to be a simple overview of radiative heat transfer (RHT).

Posted November 2nd, 2010.


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