A lot of blogs have 1000′s of articles and even though there is a search field it’s a bit like a book without a table of contents.
So this page is a roadmap if you are new. Think of it as an incomplete table of contents (it doesn’t include every post).
CO2 – an 8-part series on CO2 as well as a few other related articles
Atmospheric Radiation and the “Greenhouse” Effect - a 12-part series on how radiation interacts with the atmosphere
Atmospheric Circulation - some basics of the large scale circulation of the atmosphere
Back Radiation - the often misunderstood subject of radiation emitted by the atmosphere
Confusion over the Basics - science basics and alternative theories explained, including:
Statistics and Climate – an introduction by a statistics novice
General Climate Models
Models, On – and Off – the Catwalk – Part One – understanding GCMs – general circulation models/global climate models
Models, On – and Off – the Catwalk – Part Two – taking a look at a real model, the supermodel Cici
Models, On – and Off – the Catwalk – Part Three - an introductory look at chaos in climate
The Earth’s Energy Budget – Part One – a few climate basics.
The Earth’s Energy Budget – Part Two – the important concept of energy balance at top of atmosphere.
The Earth’s Energy Budget – Part Three - how the earth’s climate system actually radiates away energy and how this changes with more “greenhouse” gases.
The Earth’s Energy Budget – Part Four – Albedo – the reflection of solar radiation, what causes it and how it has been changing
Theory and Experiment – Atmospheric Radiation – demonstrating, by way of experimental match with the theory, why the current “standard” theory about radiation in the atmosphere is correct
Understanding Atmospheric Radiation and the “Greenhouse” Effect – Part One – more on the basic theory and measurements
Here Comes the Sun – finally, the sun as compared to CO2 for the “first order effect”
Predictability? With a Pinch of Salt please.. Part One – what drives ocean currents – ocean salinity and temperature – and why it presents a challenge of predicting future climate
Stratospheric Cooling – the predictions of the cooling stratosphere as a result of increased “greenhouse” gases
The Strange Case of Stratospheric Water Vapor, Non-linearities and Groceries – water vapor in the stratosphere, and how a tiny amount can have an unexpected effect
Those Hazy Skeptics at the IPCC – what the IPCC says about aerosols.
Understanding the Flaw – the open letter from Petr Chylek, a distinguished climate scientist, to the climate community.
Clouds and Water Vapor – Part One – climate feedback especially considering Raval and Ramanathan (1989) reviewing clouds and water vapor from the ERBE data
Clouds and Water Vapor – Part Two – some basic concepts about water vapor
Clouds and Water Vapor – Part One – Responses – stuff people said needed to be properly answered
Clouds and Water Vapor – Part Three – more water vapor feedback, especially considering the question about climate records and understanding whether relative humidity is constant as temperature changes
Clouds and Water Vapor – Part Four – looking at one paper where the feedback is broken down into more basic elements and plotted against pressure (height) and sea surface temperature
Trying to measure feedback..
Find Stuff Out and Book Reviews - some good books to read
How Much Work Can One Molecule Do? – CO2 and other trace gases embrace communism
Tropospheric Basics – understanding why pressure and temperature changes as they do in the lower atmosphere
Radiative Forcing, Thermal Lag and Equilibrium Temperatures – understanding how heat capacity fits into temperature changes
The Dull Case of Emissivity and Average Temperatures – how “emissivity” changes with surface type or why the earth is really quite close to a “blackbody”
Planck, Stefan-Boltzmann, Kirchhoff and LTE – explaining a few fundamentals that are often confused
Emissivity of the Ocean – many experiments and studies on this unexciting but essential subject
Sensible Heat, Latent Heat and Radiation – the relative importance of different components in the surface energy balance
Heat Transfer Basics – Part Zero – a few examples of heat transfer, simple stuff but often misunderstood
Heat Transfer Basics – Convection – Part One – an introduction to convection
The Hoover Incident – what the earth’s climate might be like if all of the gases like CO2 and water vapor were “hoovered up” so that the atmosphere didn’t absorb or emit any radiation
Convection, Venus, Thought Experiments and Tall Rooms Full of Gas – A Discussion – three of us put forward explanations and ideas about the high temperature of Venus
Does Back-Radiation “Heat” the Ocean? – Part One – how solar and atmospheric radiation are absorbed by the ocean, followed by Part Two – what would happen if only solar radiation affect the temperature of the ocean; Part Three - some measurements of how heat moves through the ocean; and Part Four – examines a few hypotheses using a simple model of conduction and convection in the ocean.
The Cool Skin of the Ocean – an introduction to this fascinating subject
Simple Atmospheric Models – Part One and Part Two - explaining a couple of simple atmospheric models, introduced with mendacious intent by climate scientists to confuse the good citizens of the blogosphere, knowing that they will never actually read their textbooks
Ghosts of Climates Past – hopefully the first in a series
An Inconvenient Temperature Graph – climate history, including some revealing graphs of the last million years.
Very recent Climate History – aka Temperature Measurement
Why Global Mean Surface Temperature Should be Relegated, Or Mostly Ignored – the title says it..
The Real Measure of Global Warming – a look at ocean heat content over 50 years, followed up by Part Two – the Sad Case of the Expendable Bathythermographs
Is climate more than weather? Is weather just noise? – a different perspective on all the trend graphs we are seeing about whether the world is warming up or cooling down, in the light of a very interesting paper by Kevin Trenberth.
Urban Heat Island in Japan – commenting on an interesting paper from IJC 2009.
“Warmest Decade on Record” and the Layman’s Guide to Autocorrelation – more a quick comment on the use and abuse of some terminology.
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