The facts about carbon and climate: a presentation of data for the reader's evaluation

Billingsley, John (2010) The facts about carbon and climate: a presentation of data for the reader's evaluation. In: 2010 Southern Region Engineering Conference (SREC2010), 10-12 Nov 2010, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Abstract

There is abundant factual data at repositories such as the U.S. Department of Energy Carbon Dioxide Information Analysis Center, which includes raw atmospheric measurement data from sites at numerous latitudes. Other reliable sites contain estimates of global industrial emissions and seasonal energy consumption. Further spectral data is available of the energy radiated into space. To perform a comparison of such disparate data, non-controversial conversions must be performed such as division by the area of the Earth. The thrust of the paper is from the point of view of data analysis, correlation and statistical variation. No expertise in climatology or atmospheric physics is presumed beyond an assumption of the 'lapse rate', the rate at which convection maintains a decreasing temperature with increasing altitude. The paper poses questions and avoids the contentious issues of interpreting the data or predicting futures. Any deductions or personal opinions are clearly declared and the conclusions are left to the reader.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ conference. Proceedings available in http://www.usq.edu.au/engsummit/proceedings
Depositing User: Prof John Billingsley
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2011 06:02
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2011 03:52
Uncontrolled Keywords: Greenhouse effect; climate change; observations; analysis; state space
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040104 Climate Change Processes
01 Mathematical Sciences > 0102 Applied Mathematics > 010203 Calculus of Variations, Systems Theory and Control Theory
04 Earth Sciences > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences > 040103 Atmospheric Radiation
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/8878

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