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In Part One I made the observation: If the atmosphere has an invariant optical thickness then surely all molecules should be included? Meaning all ‘radiatively-active’ gases. Then I cited some results from Collins (2006) on the ‘radiative forcing’ for other gases, and added: ..So if total optical thickness from CO2 and water vapor has stayed […]

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Miskolczi

Ferenc Miskolczi has a few popular papers, especially his 2007 paper: Greenhouse Effect in Semi-Transparent Planetary Atmospheres, Quarterly Journal of the Hungarian Meteorological Service. The Mystery of Tau – Miskolczi – introduction to some of the issues around the calculation of optical thickness of the atmosphere, by Miskolczi, from his 2010 paper in E&E Part Two – Kirchhoff – […]

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In previous articles in this series we looked at a number of issues first in Miskolczi’s 2010 paper and then in the 2007 paper. The author himself has shown up and commented on some of these points, although not all, and sadly decided that we are not too bright and a little bit too critical […]

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In Part Two we looked at the claimed relationship ED=AA in Miskolczi’s 2007 paper. Ed = downward atmospheric radiation absorbed by the surface Aa = surface radiation absorbed in the atmosphere I showed that they could not be exactly equal. Ferenc Miskolczi himself has just joined the discussion and confirmed: I think I was the first […]

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In Part One we looked at the calculation of total atmospheric optical thickness. In Part Two we looked at the claim that the surface and atmosphere exchanged exactly equal amounts of energy by radiation. A thermodynamics revolution if it is true, as the atmosphere is slightly colder than the surface. This claim is not necessary […]

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In Part One we looked at the usefulness of “tau” = optical thickness of the atmosphere. Miskolczi  has done a calculation (under cloudless skies) of the total optical thickness of the atmosphere. The reason he is apparently the first to have done this in a paper is explained in Part One. The 2010 paper referenced the […]

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Many people have requested an analysis of Miskolczi’s theories. I start with his more recent paper:  The Stable Stationary Value of the Earth’s Global Average Atmospheric Planck-Weighted Greenhouse-Gas Optical Thickness, Energy & Environment (2010). It’s an interesting paper and clearly Miskolczi has put a lot of time and effort into it. I recommend people read the paper […]

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Over the last few years I’ve written lots of articles relating to the inappropriately-named “greenhouse” effect and covered some topics in great depth. I’ve also seen lots of comments and questions which has helped me understand common confusion and misunderstandings. This article, with huge apologies to regular long-suffering readers, covers familiar ground in simple terms. It’s […]

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During a discussion following one of the six articles on Ferenc Miskolczi someone pointed to an article in E&E (Energy & Environment). I took a look and had a few questions. The article is question is The Thermodynamic Relationship Between Surface Temperature And Water Vapor Concentration In The Troposphere, by William C. Gilbert from 2010. I’ll call this WG2010. […]

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Confusion over the Basics

Many people ask questions about some quite basic concepts. Which is wonderful. I have introduced this page to capture the many articles on science basics and “alternative theories”. Many of these articles reduce the “problem” down to the absolute simplest basics. That doesn’t mean climate science treats the subject as a simplistic problem – but […]

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