Monday, August 20, 2007

Sunspot Cycle Length Correlates With Warming, Carbon Dioxide Levels Follow

The following graph comes from a website titled Friends of Science, here.
The graph shows that surface atmospheric temperature correlates closely with "sunspot cycle length", and not with increasing atmospheric carbon dioxide levels.

This supports the observations that warming causes carbon dioxide levels to increase, not the other way around. The data for this graph needs to be carefully documented and verified. Can anyone do this?

Above graph after Friis-Christensen & Lassen - 1991, [Science 254, #5032] adapted by Dr. Tim Patterson.


Anonymous said...

This is interesting. Why does it stop in the 1980's? Here are the actual data below, so you can try it yourself. You can download the more recent numbers here, too. Sources are shown. Try it.

Use in climate class.

Peter said...

I don't know why the graph stops in the late 1980's. Maybe that is all the data they (he, Patterson) had.

Stopped Clock said...

It is because the data doesnt fit the hypothesis after that.

Anonymous said...

Of course...dumping 1000 billion tons of CO2 into the atmosphere has nothing to do with it.
Perhaps people growing taller and CO2 correlate.
And the mechanism that sunspots create CO2 is.....???

Anonymous said...

If you go back to the raw data and make your own plot, you see that this implied relationship is junk.

Unknown said...

I believe the hypothesis is based on thermodynamics. Ie warm water can hold less CO2. So as the global temp rises the oceans release more CO2. This is also why the time scales for the CO2vs temp charts are HUGE. When it’s smaller scale it reveals CO2 FOLLOWING Temp not visa versa. Interesting stuff.