Does a Global Temperature Exist?

Abstract

Physical, mathematical, and observational grounds are employed to show that there is no physically meaningful global temperature for the Earth in the context of the issue of global warming. While it is always possible to construct statistics for any given set of local temperature data, an infinite range of such statistics is mathematically permissible if physical principles provide no explicit basis for choosing among them. Distinct and equally valid statistical rules can and do show opposite trends when applied to the results of computations from physical models and real data in the atmosphere. A given temperature field can be interpreted as both “warming” and “cooling” simultaneously, making the concept of warming in the context of the issue of global warming physically ill-posed.

Christopher Essex1 / Ross McKitrick2 / 3

Citation Information: Journal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics. Volume 32, Issue 1, Pages 1–27, ISSN (Print) 0340-0204,DOI: 10.1515/JNETDY.2007.001, February 2007

http://www.degruyter.com/view/j/jnet.2007.32.issue-1/jnetdy.2007.001/jnetdy.2007.001.xml

 

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