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The Role of the Sun in Climate Change [Format Kindle]

Douglas V. Hoyt , Kenneth H. Schatten

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The authors review many historical studies of the Sun's influence on climate. A successful blend of astronomical and climate studies with modern scientific and statistical analysis. (New Scientist)

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The luminosity of the sun governs the temperatures of the planets. Yet the solar forcing, or driving, of climate, primarily due to changes in solar radiation, has never been well documented. Recent satellite measurements have shown that solar radiation varies as a function of time and wavelength, a concept that has been hypothesized for the past two centuries and has recently become a major topic with all the attention paid to global warming. This book reviews the physics of the concept of solar forcing, from its beginnings in the early 1800's and apparent success in the 1870's, to its near demise in the 1950's and recent resurgence. Since its emphasis is on solar variations as a driver for climate change, with only a brief discussion of other mechanisms, the book will be of most interest to students in climate studies.

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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A skeptical view and enjoyable read of a "hot" topic. 5 avril 1999
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In "The Role of the Sun in Climate Change" the reader finds an entertaining tale told by two scientists. Often in today's debate on global climate change, readers are forced to listen to politicians or the media. This book serves as a refreshing change from that paradigm. Not only is the reader presented with a skeptical view of the facts of global climate change, but the reader may also enjoy the writing style which one rarely finds in writings by scientists. The opening sentence of Chapter 1 sounds like a novel when these scientists describe how one scientist, from an era long gone, went about his daily observing. They even display a sense of humor in their chapters and their titles, as in Chapter 9, "Cyclomania" where they set out to describe many of the different cyclic processes involved in both the sun and climate, and how so many cycles can be used or abused. This book can be enjoyed while commuting to work (as long as you are not the driver) as well as an introduction for serious studies. It contains an extensive bibliography.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Seekers of Truth Should Start Here 2 mars 2004
Par Gregg D. Armstrong - Publié sur
To those Seekers of Truth interested in the facts surrounding the "Global Warming" debate should start with this book. This is a very accessible, very well written book. First and foremost it establishes the historical record for climate change. I'd supplement that by pointing out that 100 years of data doesn't establish any significant trend worth talking about considering the extreme variations in climate known over hundreds of thousands of years.
The book goes into great detail regarding a number of possible factors that may affect climate. No attempt is made to favor one factor over another beyond an examination of how well each correlates to the actual record. However, the data does prove quite skeptical for human-induced climatic change. After all, how many SUVs were there during the Medieval Warm Period (~800 AD to ~1300 AD)? What drove the extreme cooling of the Younger Dryas (~12,700 years ago)? What drove the extreme warming that ended that period of cooling?
Of most interest to me, was the correlation of sun spot cycles, and more importantly the long-term record of sun spot minima and maxima within those cycles over hundreds of years, with climate. Also, of great interest are detailed explanations showing how variations in solar output energy and distribution with respect to wavelength, may force amplified climatic responses.
In all, I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the truth about the factors forcing climatic changes. You'll never hear any of this from those with a vested financial interest in scare mongering. Nor do I put much stock in the social scientists making up a super majority of those scientists said to be most convinced that humanity is the major cause of Global Warming.
Nor will you hear any hint of it from the scientifically bankrupt major media outlets. These ideas simply cannot be crammed into an 11-second sound bite. But, more importantly sensationalism is the stock in trade of TV news shows. The scientific-illiterati amongst the talking heads will blame drivers in SUVs for on-screen images of floods and storms rather something which they cannot possibly control, such as the Sun.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A cooment from the first author 8 décembre 2003
Par Douglas Hoyt - Publié sur
Although more than 5 years have passed since this book was published, it has held up rather well. The reason for that is that it takes a historical perspective and the history portions of the book do not not become rapidly dated. The author can be reached at if anyone has questions or comments.
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Par Carlos Ochoa - Publié sur
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Everybody interested in the science behing climate change should read this book. It is astonishing to see how the MMGW ( man made global warming ) crowd continues to ignore the effects of the Sun on the Earths's climate.
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Don't Buy It! 29 décembre 2008
Par Roger Schwantes - Publié sur
The illustrations in this book are so small they are unreadable and make the Kindle version virtually useless and certainly not worth the price.
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