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The role of gravity in the greenhouse effect

There could be no planetary atmosphere without gravity, but gravity also plays a fundamental role in the greenhouse effect thereby determining surface temperatures. To see why this is the case lets imagine that gravity has somehow been switched off and … Continue reading

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The CO2 GHE demystified

Abstract: This post describes a new approach to calculating the CO2 greenhouse effect. Instead of calculating radiative transfer  from the surface up through the atmosphere to space, exactly the opposite is done. IR photons originating from space are tracked downwards … Continue reading

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Radiative Equilibrium & Convection

Surface heat loss by moist convection dominates over radiative heat loss from the surface. If somehow you could switch off convection then surface temperatures on Earth would need to rise by about 60 deg.C to bring the atmosphere into a … Continue reading

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