Unified Theory of Climate
Expanding the Concept of Atmospheric Greenhouse Effect Using
Implications for Predicting Future Climate Change
Ned Nikolov, Ph.D. & Karl Zeller, Ph.D.
USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fort Collins CO, USA
We present results from a new critical review of the atmospheric Greenhouse (GH) concept. Three main problems are identified with the current GH theory. It is demonstrated that thermodynamic principles based on the Ideal Gas Law must be invoked to fully explain the Natural Greenhouse Effect, which essence is the boost of global surface temperature above that of an airless planet exposed to the same solar irradiance. We show via a novel analysis of planetary climates in the solar system that the physical nature of the so-called Greenhouse Effect is in fact a Pressure-induced Thermal Enhancement (PTE), which is independent of the atmospheric chemical composition. Hence, the down-welling infrared radiation (a.k.a. greenhouse- or back-radiation) is a product of the atmospheric temperature (maintained by solar heating and air pressure) rather than a cause for it. In other words, our results suggest that the GH effect is a thermodynamic phenomenon, not a radiative one as presently assumed. This finding leads to a new and very different paradigm of climate controls. Results from our research are combined with those from other studies to propose a Unified Theory of Climate, which explains a number of phenomena that the current theory fails to explain. Implications of the new paradigm for predicting future climate trends are briefly discussed.
Dr Nikolov and Dr Zeller presented their research results in a poster session at the Open Science Conference of the World Climate Research Program (WCRP) on October 24, 2011 in Denver CO, USA (see
This wall poster created interest, particularly in the on-line community so Dr Nikolov created a new expanded version as a normal document, and has provided a copy via email for posting on Tallbloke’s Talkshop. Thank you Dr Nikolov.
Unified Theory of Climate document (PDF 1.2M)
There is more on the way. “This write-up is only a summary of our research results detailed in 4 papers which we are currently preparing for submission to a peer-reviewed journal.”
h/t chain to Talkshop regular p.g.sharrow and chiefio who blogged of the poster’s existence.
Post by Tim Channon