The distortion of science for ideological purposes has a long history, and the results are generally ugly.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Climate - it's the earth stupid.
(Climate is what happens at the interface between the earth and solar plasma it is in - and really has nothing much to do with human effects such as creating plant food, AKA CO2.) Of course if one knows next to nothing about geology and geophysics, one might be tempted to blame humanity for the imagined future climate catastrophe that is thought to occur from the computer modelling of rather incomplete GCM's - ones which have no inputs from geophysical and geological forces. Almost as if the earth were, from a climate science point of view, irrelevant.
Oh and Cosmic rays are nothing more than ions from space hitting the earth. Ions? Charged particles? Electricity might be another word one could use?
The following abstract and summary has been lifted from the latest NCGT newletter which will be available on the internet in two issues time. To read it now you need to subscribe to the newsletter.


[Follow up article to “A Tectonic Forcing Function for Climate Modeling”
in Proceedings of 1996 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting, Brisbane, Australia, EOS Trans. AGU, Paper # A42A-10. 77 (22):W8]

Bruce LEYBOURNE –Geophysics (Geostream Consulting LLC, Bay St. Louis, MS, USA)
Bill ORR – Climate (Earth Climate Research Institute (ECRI), Parker, CO, USA)
Andy HAAS -Computational science (Dataura Systems DBA, Sierra Vista, AZ, USA)
Giovanni P. GREGORI - Geomagnetics (Istituto di Acustica O. M. Corbino, Roma, Italy)
Chris SMOOT –Seafloor tectonics (Geostream Consulting Advisor, St. Louis, MO, USA)
Ismail BHAT - Himalayan geology (Geostream Consulting Advisor, Srinagar, India) ABSTRACT

Aristotle’s four elements earth, water, air, and fire define the climate systems earth-ocean-atmosphere and solar-wind coupled forces. This elemental interplay revives ancient knowledge for building a new Earth climate model based on observational evidence considering earthquakes’ electrical nature, solar coupling and links to ocean/atmospheric dynamics.
Clustered earthquake swarms at 10-33km depths, which burst pulse over short several day to week periods appear correlated to subsequent Sea Surface Temperature (SST) anomalies and are suggested by the authors to be a driver of global warming phenomena. These shallow (base of the crust) clustered earthquakes found in National Earthquake Information Center (NEIC) data sets are compared to National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) SST satellite anomaly data. SST anomaly patterns lag earthquake clusters consistent with studies (Blot, 1976; Blot, et al., 2003) on thermal energy migration rates. Thermal transfer rates above 33km depths were determined at 0.15km/day. Thus heat transfers from 10 km depths in the Adriatic and Mediterranean regions take about 67 days or 2 months which is consistent with approximate timing of subsequent SST anomaly patterns. These SST anomaly patterns overlying earthquake events are hypothesized to be the result of increased heat emission from seafloor volcanic extrusions and/or associated hydrothermal venting. The volcanism is triggered by electrical bursts from the core-mantle-boundary induced by solar coupling to the internal geodynamo. The resulting clustered seismic activity is hypothesized to be electrical in nature and is associated with joule heating at density boundaries near the base of the lithosphere (Gregori, 2000 & 2002). Bottom ocean currents tend to redistribute heat in unpredictable patterns causing a general regional warming or in some cases, such as the Pacific El Nino temperature signatures, thermal plumes appear evident. Adriatic, Aegean, and North African (Algerian) earthquake events appear to be associated with the anomalous heat wave in the 2003 European summer. Thermal energy from the Adriatic earthquake event may have triggered the two week reversal of ocean circulation patterns in the Adriatic. The circulation changed from counter clockwise to clockwise, which could be consistent with an anomalous burst of geothermal flow.

Summary: How can earthquakes induce changes in the global climate? It is hypothesized that shallow clustered earthquake events may induce deep ocean thermal convection by the aforementioned joule heating mechanism, creating magma extrusion and hydrothermal venting. This in affect may overturn ocean circulation patterns on an episodic basis. Magnitudes vary based on electrical energy inputs being generated by inner core jerks or CMBE’s. Episodic changes in ocean temperature and height patterns, along with atmospheric pressure are teleconnected globally to internal geoid, gravity, and magnetic field changes associated with CMBE earthquake generation. This may affect weather patterns, hurricane formation, tornadoes, and ocean/atmospheric circulation.

In the examples illustrated, timing of earthquakes to local warming events and SST anomalies may be much more than coincidence, and are suggested by the authors to drive global warming and ocean circulation reversals. Increases in seismic activity are known to cause increases in venting rates and temperatures along the East Pacific Rise (EPR, Walker, 1988 & 1995) and Juan de Fuca Ridges (Johnson, et al., 2000 & 2001). Increases in seismicity have also been documented to signal an approaching El Nino phase up to six months or more beforehand on the EPR (Walker, 1999). These time lags are consistent with shallow lithosphere thermal transmigration times observed, and these patterns are repeated several times in data sets since 1964 and are unexplained by current geophysical models. Impacts of this discovery and associated research should enhance the understanding of forcing mechanisms within the climate system. A “unified” research approach toward predicting severe weather and global climate change based on tectonic links to the climate system could improve modelling and predictive abilities within the earth sciences. Understanding components of tectonic modulation in earth-ocean-atmosphere-space-coupled Aristotle models should enhance predictive abilities in GCMs. This research may open a new body of science, creating a paradigm shift in the understanding of our planet’s climate, enhancing a multi-disciplinary approach to climate research.



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