While we await the reply to comments on the Unified Theory of Climate (not long now!), I’d like to draw attention to more complimentary work done independently by William Gilbert and Dean Brooks. In no particular order these are:-
Bill Gilbert’s paper (E&E 2010)
THE THERMODYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN
SURFACE TEMPERATURE AND WATER VAPOR
CONCENTRATION IN THE TROPOSPHERE
and Dean Brooks
My reasons for taking these two together in one thread are pragmatic. Firstly, these two guys seem to get along fine. Secondly, their work is complementary, and so it is better to have the discussion in one place rather than to-ing and fro-ing between seperate threads. Thirdly, I don’t want the Loschmidt thread to drop off the bottom of the blog home page yet. :)
Valuable insights were gained on that thread, and in it Dean says this of the value of taking his and Bill’s (and Miskolczi’s) work together in considering the complex atmospheric conundrum we are attempting to untangle.
I think William’s argument, and mine, and Miskolczi’s, may turn out to be like the three legs of a stool. One deals with radiation balances; one deals with the daily dynamics of lapse rate change; one deals with the long-term density state function. They form a self-consistent picture that explains the failure to observe a “hot spot,” the decade-long pause in warming, the low RH values in the upper troposphere . . .
Bill Gilbert concurs, saying:
I agree that the work of Miskoczi is very relevant. I have had discussions with him on a few occasions. We both agreed (I think) that understanding the non-radiative processes, his variable “K”, are key to making his empirical model come together.
I wonder if we can tempt Ferenc to join us in this discussion, where I hope Bill and Dean can find some time to answer questions from those interested enough to actually DOWNLOAD AND READ the papers.