Fearless Physics from Dr. Salby

Posted: June 20, 2016 by oldbrew in climate
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Ron Clutz features Dr Murry Salby’s new textbook ‘Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate’ which calls into question the narrow-minded thinking behind claims that carbon dioxide is a powerful climate driver, to the virtual exclusion of other factors.

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“Fearless Felix” Baumgartner ascended to the stratosphere and stepped into the void from 24.2 miles above the Earth. His speed during the fall reached Mach 1.24, and the Austrian adventurer nailed the landing. October 14, 2012 Wired 

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Murry Salby is also totally committed to the atmosphere. He is a scientist with such deep and broad knowledge of atmospheric physics that he has written multiple textbooks on the subject. And yet he is not fearful for the future of our climate system, in contrast to many of his colleagues. By stepping away from “consensus” climate alarms, he has shown unusual courage by speaking plainly about the atmosphere and climate, despite attempts to silence him.

Dr. Salby’s latest textbook is entitled Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate (here). I got a copy and have been reading in it to understand where he comes down on various issues related to climate…

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  1. E.M.Smith says:

    As you read his rexr text, please let us know: ought we buy a copy? Does it explain things like why we have meridional then zonal regimes on a long cycle, or why el nino vs la nina rates also oscillate on a long cycle?

  2. E.M.Smith says:

    “read his text”… (darned tablet pseudo keyboard)

  3. Ron Clutz says:

    E.M. The post includes a link to a free pdf of the textbook.

  4. oldbrew says:

    EMS: the word ‘meridional’ is used 122 times in the text😉

  5. erl happ says:

    EM Smith. Does it explain things like why we have meridional then zonal regimes on a long cycle.

    No it doesn’t. when it comes to the stratosphere its pretty much standard issue. It’s aware that ozone is very much involved but seems to be unaware of the mechanisms responsible for its variation in the winter polar atmosphere. He trots out the standard issue notion of the atmosphere perturbed by planetary waves emanating from the troposphere in a closed rather than an open system.

    The ‘annular modes’ is where natural climate variation is at.The only reference to these these words is in the bibliography. Nine references to the word ‘annular’ of which 5 are in the bibliography.

    In that respect this is where he is at. I quote:Page 507

    “It will be seen in Chap. 18 that the salient structure of the AO emerges as well from anomalous planetary wave activity that is transmitted upward to the stratosphere. The latter forces anomalous downwelling over the Arctic, which modulates the polar-night vortex. In the troposphere, anomalous planetary wave activity is associated with the fluctuation of quasi-permanent features, such as the Icelandic and Aleutian Lows. It is therefore accompanied by a perturbation of the storm tracks over the north Atlantic and north Pacific. Fluctuations of the planetary wave pattern
    are thus central to the AO. The mechanisms responsible for those fluctuations, like those behind the NAO, remain poorly understood.”.

    There you have it: ‘poorly understood’.Without an attempt to explain the origin of the planetary low in surface pressure on the margins of Antarctica and the origins of its variation over time climate science fails to come to grips with the origins of natural variation.

  6. Guy Leech says:

    This book, “Physics of the Atmosphere and Climate” by Murry Salby is quite a well known and well regarded text book which was published in 2012 by CUP; it’s not a new book. You can buy it at Amazon.

    It is his second textbook on atmospheric physics, the first was “Fundamentals of Atmospheric Physics” (Academic Press 1996) and the second book builds on the first according to Amazon’s About the Author.

    [reply] intro corrected – thanks

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