Review of solar physics journal

Posted: January 8, 2013 by tchannon in Solar physics


Living Reviews in Solar Physics is an open access web based peer reviewed journal. Contributors span a good range of countries.

(Journal name: Living Reviews in Solar Physics Living Reviews® is a registered trademark of the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.)

The current Editor in Chief is Sami Solanki.

The journal is a refreshing deviation from the incessant loudness many traditional journal have become, let alone gospel thumping commercial outlets.

Looks like the papers allow blog style comments, captcha protected.

For a blog such as Tallbloke’s Talkshop the permissive copyright terms make life easy, we try to refer anyway.

A useful example is a lovely paper written by David Hathaway outlining many of the facets of solar physics, a good read I suggest for newbies or where a quick refresher is needed.

Personally I found the online HTML paper versions didn’t work too well but the PDF version is fine.

A quick look did not find a policy statement on data archival nor availability.

“The Sun and the Earth’s Climate, Joanna D. Haigh”
This shows a relatively common view 2008 on general thinking and questioning of solar influence.

I’ll leave the reader to explore.

Post by Tim Channon

  1. Lord Beaverbrook says:

    If solar cycle 24 is a longer cycle than normal with an extended even if much lower maximum could it change our climate?

    ‘Indeed, Gerald Meehl of the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) presented persuasive evidence that solar variability is leaving an imprint on climate, especially in the Pacific. According to the report, when researchers look at sea surface temperature data during sunspot peak years, the tropical Pacific shows a pronounced La Nina-like pattern, with a cooling of almost 1o C in the equatorial eastern Pacific. In addition, “there are signs of enhanced precipitation in the Pacific ITCZ (Inter-Tropical Convergence Zone ) and SPCZ (South Pacific Convergence Zone) as well as above-normal sea-level pressure in the mid-latitude North and South Pacific,” correlated with peaks in the sunspot cycle.’

    Would that translate into sharper higher sunspot cycles producing periods of climate with more El Nino’s and flatter lower cycles producing periods of climate with more La Nina’s?

  2. tallbloke says:

    Good post Tim. Sami Solanki had a few things to say about ‘Nature’ journal’s suppression of solar papers over the last decade. Great to see he is editor in chief at this new journal. I wish him and the journal well.