Inaugural Conference 2013: The Solar-System Dynamic Theory of Climate

Posted: January 18, 2013 by tallbloke in Blog, climate, Cycles, Ocean dynamics, Solar physics, solar system dynamics, Travel

We intend to hold a conference in September 2013 to discuss the new knowledge in the literature in relation to the theory of climate we have been developing here at the Talkshop. Because this is a first event, places will be limited, along with the budget.  I suggest you register your interest early to secure a place as a speaker or attendee. Speakers,  sponsors and poster presenters will get priority for accommodation at the venue itself, but there are many places offering lodgings nearby at prices to suit every budget. This will be a professionally presented event, planned and run by   experienced conference organisers at a fit for purpose venue in the vicinity of The university of Leeds and the city centre.

The radiatively based theory of climate is so deficient that its models are now falsified. The Talkshop has hosted discussion of many papers and articles over the last two years which demonstrate the radiative theory’s inadequacy, and many of these also offer an alternative description of the underlying dynamics of the atmospheric and oceanic processes involved in determining the way energy flows into, is absorbed by, redistributed, and finally re-emitted from the Earth’s envelope. We are now at a stage where we are ready to develop an alternative body of theory which can be quantified and assessed.

Concurrently, research fostered at the talkshop has been moving forward on uncovering the connections and feedbacks between the solar system environment and the Sun and the effect of its variability on the Earth. New papers which have been successfully published in high impact journals such as the Journal of Atmospheric and Solar-Terrestrial Physics point to the possibility of predicting future levels of solar activity using the motion of the planets as key indicators. With NASA’s recent admission that Solar variation has a lot more effect than a mere bean-counting of its total irradiance would imply in raw energy terms, this research is now becoming  important in the quest for the creation of truly useful models of the Earth’s climate systems, enabling more accurate estimation of future climate change.

Aims of the Conference
It is hoped several benefits will accrue from the setting up and holding of the conference. These include:

The firming up of a research agenda which will provide a road-map for theoretical development.
Provide the focal point for a meeting of minds which can productively work together towards the synthesis of embryonic hypotheses.
Offer a place for interdisciplinary theory development which has been stunted within the mainstream academic environment.
Dissemination of new knowledge which has relevance and importance in the real world.

Preliminary outline of the event.
Day 1.
Registration and introduction.
Sessions on Solar-Planetary Theory and the Ocean-Atmosphere Thermo-dynamic theory.
Lunch and Poster Session.
Sessions on Cyclic phenomena and paleological evidence for them on Earth.
Dinner and Poster Session.
Evening discussion and social event.
Rooftop astronomy session – weather permitting.

Group minuted discussions.
Panel discussion of group findings.
Lunch and poster session.
Plenary Speaker.
Summary presentation and closing remarks from the floor.

Leeds is central to the UK transport network and well regarded for its conference facilities and as a centre of learning. As this conference grows in following years, we can move to larger facilities within the same area. The nearby Leeds and Bradford airport is only two miles from my home and my seven seater day van is at the disposal of groups arriving from further afield. Road and rail connections are good.

Being held in Yorkshire, the tea urn will be hot at all times.

Next Steps
Expressions of interest are now being taken in comments below. Offers of sponsorship are especially welcome. Please indicate how you would like to participate: i.e. Sponsor, Speaker, Poster presenter, Attendee and/or Volunteer assistant administrator. A call for papers and posters is part of this, so seize the opportunity to present your work to a receptive, intelligent audience which can offer constructive feedback.


  1. Stephen Wilde says:

    I’d like to register as an Attendee.

  2. Hans Jelbring says:

    A great initiative! I want to register as a speaker and possibly presenting poster(s) too.

  3. nzrobin says:

    Would love to come and listen to the presentations, but alas I live the other side of the world. Wish you all the very best. Do you think you might make mp3s and powerpoints available after the conference?

  4. tallbloke says:

    A great start! thank you Stephen and Hans!
    nzrobin: with the agreement of the speakers, we’ll definitely make audio, video and powerpoints available. Sorry it’s too far for you to come in person.

  5. nzrobin says:

    I have found from downloading and listening to all of the Heartland mp3s and powerpoints, it is almost as good as being there. You even get the benefit of being able to pause, contemplate, and then move on. So in some ways it is better. If you do make mp3s though, can I suggest they be recorded with a lapel microphone clipped to the speakers collar. Video camera microphones at a distance can get pretty blurry.

  6. tallbloke says:

    nzrobin: Good suggestion. I do AV content in my job, so I’m confident we’ll get it right.

  7. donald penman says:

    I would like to register as an attendee also

  8. tallbloke says:

    Donald: Great, we’re nearly quorate already. 🙂

  9. Stephen Wilde says:

    I’ll also sponsor to the tune of £500

  10. tallbloke says:

    Stephen: good man yourself!

    The venue we want to use has beautiful gardens and surroundings, as well as top notch facilities (pictured top left in the headline post). Your generosity gets us a good way along the road to our preferred venue.

  11. adolfogiurfa says:

    Is it there electricity in the room?

  12. I would at least like to attend, do not know if i will have anything ready to present, but September is a long way off, I’ll keep you posted.

  13. tallbloke says:

    Richard: Come, we will set up a screen to demo your forecasting system.

    Adolfo: To some extent, the physics of the heliosphere are about electro-magnetics as much as gravity after all.

  14. Eli Rabett says:

    Been there, had fun with that, but none better than this

    [Reply] Clearly Eli hasn’t kept up with recent developments in the literature at JASTP, Elsevier and elsewhere.

  15. Truthseeker says:

    Go science!

    Cheerleaders are usually young, attractive and agile. I am none of those things, but I will be cheering for science anyway.

  16. Great idea, would love to attend and help to sponsor, let me know if you need hands on the ground.

  17. tallbloke says:

    Lord B: Wonderful, this is growing quickly and we’ll need your help.

  18. tallbloke says:

    The invites list is growing quickly too. Any requests? I’ve asked Hans to contact Ole Humlum and Nils Axel-Morner.

  19. Roger. A really great idea. This could be a great opportunity to consolidate all the many threads to the global warming conundrum. Count me in.

  20. Guy Leech says:

    Very good plan. I would love to attend – such a conference is long overdue and let’s hope it helps to legitimise the work of genuinely enquiring climate scientists.

  21. tallbloke says:

    Nicola Scafetta has accepted his invitation! 🙂 🙂

    Guy: terrific, welcome aboard.

  22. marchesarosa says:

    Hurrah! Who’s paying for this symposium? Is there a “sponsor”? Have you at last gained access to Ian’s fabled mother lode? Or is it just the usual suspects who will be forking out, i.e. us? I’ll sponsor you for a couple of hundred if necessary, anyway. Always a sucker for a “good cause”.

    And what makes you think I am up to speed on “The Madness of Crowds”?

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  24. tallbloke says:

    Ah! The Marchesa has joined us. Greetings, and thank you for your generous offer of sponsorship.

    I thought you might want to join the poster session with something apropos to paradigm change. Or you can just sit in the front row and rattle your jewellery. Choice is yours. 😉

  25. Ninderthana says:

    I am sorry Tallbloke but I will not be able to attend your wonderful conference because of lack of funds.

    I am still waiting on my cheque from Big-Oil and the second-hand smoke lobby- It hasn’t come yet! – Although I go out to mail box every day with the expectation that today’s the day I will get the good news.

    I will follow the proceedings of the conference with great interest from Winter Down-Under!

  26. tallbloke says:

    Ian, if we can find some generous sponsors, we’ll fly you over and keep you fed and warm. Your presence would be a boost to the proceedings.

  27. Truthseeker says:

    Tallbloke, have you contacted the Heartland Foundation? It would seem to be just the type of thing they like to promote.

  28. wayne says:

    If it were not for the 9600 km by two trek Tallbloke, I’d be there. Hope all there in Europe take that much shorter trek and signup, I’m sure it would be well worth the time just to get to know everyone.

    But I’m like Ninderthana, a nice large Big-Oil check would change it all! 😉

  29. Eli Rabett says:

    It’s still spinich

  30. iantanyrallt says:

    Great idea and timed to pre-empt the grand départ of the Tour de France from Leeds in July 2014.

    I wish to attend and will share this information with some former academic colleagues who would be better equipped than me to contribute on this theme.

    Exact dates will be needed in due course.

    I would be pleased to offer to assist with some aspects of this event, if the current snow has melted by that time.

    Do you intend to appoint a Press Officer to help deal with inquiries in a controlled manner ?

    Well done, Tallbloke. A superb and timely initiative.


  31. tallbloke says:

    Ian: Thanks very much for your offers of assistance.
    Some assistance in handling the media would be most welcome.
    We are aiming for the 5th & 6th September, but this is not yet confirmed with the venue,so treat as provisional.

  32. How about inviting an environmental conservationist along to give an intro:

    [Reply] Nice idea. We’re up near Darlington often. I’ll see if I can look him up.

  33. Jyrki Kauppinen says:

    I want to register as a speaker.

  34. tallbloke says:

    Jyrki, I will email you tomorrow.

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  36. We would like to register for two tickets for this event. Carrie & John Spurgeon.