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Building Climate Data Sets for Testing Claims of Human Impacts from Climate

Christy, John R.1
1 Earth System Science Center, NSSTC, University of Alabama in Huntsville, Huntsville, AL.

Few scientific groups actually build climate datasets from scratch as is done at UAHuntsville. We often begin our research with digital counts from satellite sensors, or original records of balloon releases or even dusty surface weather records from libraries in other countries. These datasets are useful in understanding the magnitude of changes in the climate system and to test assertions (hypotheses) about climate changes. We test a number of assertions about changes that climate models project, finding significant differences (i.e. failed hypotheses) between the modeled and the observed rates of change. Finally we shall calculate projected temperature changes under some scenarios of reduced carbon-based energy production, showing current proposals have minuscule impacts on projected climate changes.

 

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90090©2009 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, Denver, Colorado, June 7-10, 2009