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Lets finish this! Numbers do not lie.

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posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 04:08 AM
Wow, Way to go Im sure you have comforted alot of people who were freaking out about the whole global warming thing. =] I had to read this like 8 times to understand it but now i grasp what it means. you should really show this to a member of the scientific community.

posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 11:55 AM

Originally posted by Distractions4Nothing
No idea if the math is correct, but it's a good effort. More importantly I think it should make anyone wonder why this approach hasn't been tried and/or talked about publicly more by scientists.

Because the math model isn't right. It's like taking the formula for the speed of a falling body and then saying "see? Planes can't fly after all." (while the falling speed of an object in gravity IS one of the calculations in flight, it's not the whole picture. So this "model" is doing the same thing -- taking one tiny part of the whole picture and saying, "see! The picture is wrong!"

posted on Feb, 16 2010 @ 02:41 PM
dude, wouldnt it have sucked if you messed up on one letter and its all completely wrong and you had to go back and do it all over?

only kidding
this is amazing and mind boggling great job
so smart for a redneck

posted on Feb, 24 2010 @ 07:02 PM
I appreciate your work, and, admittedly, your mathematical skills far surpass those of my own.

Only one problem. .

Top officials are already admitting Global Warming hasn't been significant since 1998. That, added to the fact that car sale have unrelentingly increased every single year.

Very good job, OP lol You posted what would be outed as truth 2 months later. Prophetic much???

Edit to add: S+F!

[edit on 24-2-2010 by Dephyle]

posted on Feb, 25 2010 @ 11:48 AM
i'm kind of scared of math, so this thread is basically like a horror story to me. thanks, i won't be able to sleep without nightmares for weeks... NOOOO... FRACTIONS!!! AGHHH!!!!

posted on Apr, 30 2010 @ 01:38 PM
Whoooooo math problems!

Ok, so before I get down to business here I just want to say this post is kind of a continuation of an impromptu "scientific" Global Warming debate TheRedneck and I have been having on another thread.

So if you want the prequel - it starts with this post on page 5 and moves right on through to page 9 of that thread. It gets pretty wordy and even a bit testy at times, but overall quite constructive and (I hope) informative - so maybe have a look if you've got nothing better to do

Anyway, at the end of that whole bit - I promised Redneck I would tackle his Numbers we are.


Basically there are two main problems I see here. The first is just kind of an appetizer though and the second is the main course.

Problem 1

Let me put it this way:

Redneck has used a value of 0.0001 to represent a (man-made) increase of 100 parts per million of atmospheric CO2 to the overall existing Greenhouse Effect. But does that mean the rest of the CO2 that was already there is not warming anything?

This problem is more a technicality than anything because it won't really affect our results here in the end. But I think it's important to use it to draw everyone's attention to how this overall mathematical model doesn't really explain the more complicated way Global Warming actually works.

Although Redneck has come up with a very clever and creative way to try and quantify the problem - you can't exactly pin it down like this because how do you determine where and when the warming even stops? I mean by this logic - yeah it's no big deal over the next 100 years, but also since our only limit here is time - in 100,000 years the Earth would be 10K warmer. In 1 million years all the oceans would turn to steam!

Anyway, like I said - the problem's more technical than anything so don't get too hung up on it. Redneck's intent was to simply devise a generous "upper limit" on how much we can affect things over the next 100 years, and under that pretense I think it's fine.

The lesson to take home though is that the real way Global Warming works isn't merely by stacking numbers on top of each other. It's all about balance - and how adding or subtracting anything ultimately disrupts that balance. This is why it's pretty inaccurate and unfair to trivialize CO2 as simply affecting 0.0001% of our atmosphere though. Because it really doesn't show how much this supposedly minor change actually affects the existing delicate symmetry.

But anyway, that was all just the appetizer - so let's throw it in a doggie bag for now and head to the main meal:

Problem 2

In a nutshell - for anyone who lives near a large body of water, what happens over the course of a typical summer day? The temperature of the air might go up 15°C/30°F - but does the water do the same thing?

No, so there is an absolutely fatal flaw here -

But to be accurate, the troposphere is not the only thing warming up. It has been often claimed (correctly) that the oceans are a major heat sink. So let us now calculate the amount of energy required to raise the ocean temperature by a single degree Kelvin.

Sorry Redneck, but here you were definitely not being accurate. Remember, although the oceans are a major heat sink, from a thermodynamic/mathematical sense - heat is NOT the same thing as temperature.

This is exactly why we have "heat capacity" equations - to relate the two.

And as you can see from Redneck's calculations, not only does water have a much higher heat capacity than air - but the volume of the oceans is way WAY bigger than the troposphere (~150 times).

So to assume they would both just warm to the same equilibrium temperature, even after a hundred years, was a huge miscalculation, especially since we're only talking relatively "minor" changes in the first place. A 1K rise in ocean temp is absolutely MASSIVE compared to a 1K rise in the air.

To resolve this issue we can break the process down to heat flow instead of simple temperature rise.

To do that you need the equation for heat flow:

Q = m·C·ΔT

Where Q is heat, m is mass, C is heat capacity, and ΔT is your change in temperature.

Now to figure out what heat flows where let me first equate the two heat flow equations for the ocean and the troposphere to give you an idea of how to express the temperature change of one in terms of the other. So with (o) for oceans and (t) for troposphere - we can write the following:

m(t)·C(t)·ΔT(t) = m(o)·C(o)·ΔT(o)

∴ ΔT(t) = (m(o)·C(o)·ΔT(o))/(m(t)·C(t))

To get my mass I'll borrow some of Redneck's numbers and also use a "conservative" value of 1,000,000,000 kg/km³ for the density of water (salty ocean water is actually denser).

So with that we now have:

m(o) = (1,347,000,000 km³)·(1,000,000,000 kg/km³)

= 1,347,000,000,000,000,000 kg

m(t) = (8,694,154 km³)·(1,200,000 kg/km³)

= 10,432,984,800,000 kg

So plugging it all into our initial equation:

[align=center]ΔT(t) = [(1.347x10^18 kg)·(4.1813 J/(g·K))/((10.4x10^12 kg)·(1.0035 J/(g·K))]·ΔT(o)[/align]

ΔT(t) = 537,963.7 ΔT(o)

So there you have it:

Any temperature rise in the ocean would be the equivalent of about half a million times that temperature rise applied to the troposphere.

Now if you look at Redneck's initial calculations, notice the way he organized the heat flow to match the temperatures, virtually all the energy goes into the oceans (there's actually a small error where he combined the two - but regardless, the contribution from the troposphere is only significant to the 5th decimal place anyway - so it didn't matter).

So virtually ALL of that 0.01K warming is going into the oceans. If we put all of that warming into the troposphere - it would be the equivalent of a 5400K temperature rise!

Now to be fair, the answer will lie somewhere in between, but if we distribute the heat flow based on the relative volumes (150:1) - we still get a tropospheric ΔT of 5400/150 = 36K

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