Sun's impact on climate change quantified for first time
Dear EarthTalk: Don't some scientists point to sunspots and solar wind as having more impact on climate change than human industrial activity? -- David Noss. It suggested that solar activity was coupled to climate and led to tabulations of This correlation between solar activity and temperature has been critiqued by. The researchers still have a fair amount of work to do before they have a detailed understanding of the relationship between solar activity and.
These two sunspots are part of the same system and are over six Earths across. The evidence collected show that the sun noticeably affects our climate over millions of years, but it is not the cause of recent warming. TSI fluctuates slightly from day to day and week to week. Two different hypotheses have been proposed to test whether solar radiation can explain climate change.
NASA The first hypothesis relies on the fact that in both the 11 year cycle and, in the longer term, the changes in solar energy are highest at ultraviolet short wavelengths. The short wavelength radiation is particularly effective in modifying ozone concentrations in the level of the atmosphere above where typical weather occurs.
According to this hypothesis, modifications in the ozone layer could in turn filter down to that level of the atmosphere where our weather is formed, potentially modifying clouds and temperatures there. Cosmic rays and clouds Cosmic rays were discovered unexpectedly in It is now known that most cosmic rays are atomic nuclei.
Most are hydrogen nuclei, some are helium nuclei, and the rest heavier elements. ChicagoNASA The second hypothesis relies on the fact that changes in solar activity also change the flow of small, charged, highly energetic particles known as cosmic rays that travel through the atmosphere toward Earth. The 11 year solar radiation cycle, as well as small increase in TSI sinceappear in some studies to be correlated with variations in cloud patterns.
But, these changes in solar energy absorbed by the Earth appear to be far too small to explain the major changes in our climate.
Are other particles causing global cooling? During the last two decades, aerosol emissions increased in some countries and decreased in others.
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Research shows that the impact of these particles on global average surface temperature over this time period is small. The most likely mechanism is considered to be some combination of direct forcing by TSI changes and indirect effects of ultraviolet UV radiation on the stratosphere. Least certain are indirect effects induced by galactic cosmic rays. This suggests that general circulation model GCM simulations of twentieth century warming may overestimate the role of solar irradiance variability.
Based on correlations between specific climate and solar forcing reconstructions, they argued that a "realistic climate scenario is the one described by a large preindustrial secular variability e. This is the opposite of the expected warming if solar energy falling primarily or wholly during daylight, depending on energy regime were the principal means of forcing.
It is, however, the expected pattern if greenhouse gases were preventing radiative escape, which is more prevalent at night.
Solar activity and climate - Wikipedia
In particular, the Southern Hemisphere, with more ocean area and less land area, has a lower albedo "whiteness" and absorbs more light. The Northern Hemisphere, however, has higher population, industry and emissions. However, the atmosphere is warming at lower altitudes while cooling higher up. This is the expected pattern if greenhouse gases drive temperature,   as on Venus.
Their study looked at both "natural forcing agents" solar variations and volcanic emissions as well as "anthropogenic forcing" greenhouse gases and sulphate aerosols. They found that "solar effects may have contributed significantly to the warming in the first half of the century although this result is dependent on the reconstruction of total solar irradiance that is used. In the latter half of the century, we find that anthropogenic increases in greenhouses gases are largely responsible for the observed warming, balanced by some cooling due to anthropogenic sulphate aerosols, with no evidence for significant solar effects.
They predicted that continued greenhouse gas emissions would cause additional future temperature increases "at a rate similar to that observed in recent decades".UNSTOPPABLE SOLAR CYCLES: The truth about climate change - Grand Solar Minimum Primer #7/10
Their reported relationship appeared to account for nearly 80 per cent of measured temperature changes over this period. The mechanism behind these claimed correlations was a matter of speculation. In a paper  Laut identified problems with some of these correlation analyses. Damon and Laut claimed: The graphs are still widely referred to in the literature, and their misleading character has not yet been generally recognized. Damon and Laut stated that when the graphs are corrected for filtering errors, the sensational agreement with the recent global warming, which drew worldwide attention, totally disappeared.
Climate modelling suggests that low solar activity may result in, for example, colder winters in the US and northern Europe and milder winters in Canada and southern Europe, with little change in global averages. UV or total irradiance variations rather than directly to GCR changes. Historical perspective[ edit ] Physicist and historian Spencer R. Weart in The Discovery of Global Warming wrote: The study of [sun spot] cycles was generally popular through the first half of the century.
Governments had collected a lot of weather data to play with and inevitably people found correlations between sun spot cycles and select weather patterns.
Solar activity and climate
If rainfall in England didn't fit the cycle, maybe storminess in New England would. Respected scientists and enthusiastic amateurs insisted they had found patterns reliable enough to make predictions. Sooner or later though every prediction failed. An example was a highly credible forecast of a dry spell in Africa during the sunspot minimum of the early s.
When the period turned out to be wet, a meteorologist later recalled "the subject of sunspots and weather relationships fell into dispute, especially among British meteorologists who witnessed the discomfiture of some of their most respected superiors.