Archive for August, 2009

Douglass/Knox: Ocean heat content and Earth’s radiation imbalance

August 17, 2009


This new paper (accessible through a paywall at ScienceDirect) by David H. Douglass and Robert S. Knox makes for a fascinating reading. It is well written, easy to understand and documents essentially two important happenings:

1. The climate system has been cooling since at least 2003, as documented by theĀ  changes in ocean heat content (OHC) measured by the Argos floats, and the balance of the top of atmosphere (TOA) radiation measured by the CERES satellite flown instrument. Real data differ once more heavily from the model-derived numbers of J. Hansen and the IPCC:


The radiative imbalance is negative, i.e. the climate system is now loosing energy despite rising atmospheric CO2 levels! Compare these observational values with theĀ  “concensus” large positive ones quoted a million-times in the media and by the alarmists!

2. The climate system swings rapidly between different states (of positive and negative radiative imbalance). These oscillations seem to be closely coupled to those of the Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO), a fact mentioned since a couple of years by many authors (like Joe d’Aleo and Matt Vooro of ICECAP).


As the PDO is not dependent on any greenhouse gas concentrations, this is yet another nail in the coffin of the exclusive anthropogenic climate change ideology.

It is also a warning of prophecies concerning the climate evolution based mainly on the emissions of GHG’s!