“I viewed my fellow man not as a fallen angel, but as a risen ape” – Desmond Morris.
Its pretty clear that if the oceans have more then 1000 times the heat capacity of the atmosphere it is very silly to be obssessed with surface land temperatures when we wish to assess where we are going in terms of catastrophic cooling….. (Or if we want to get into fantasy-land here: Catastrophic WARMING.)
Now its not just the heat carrying capacity that is of concern here. It may have come to the attention of some of you that the atmosphere sits atop the oceans AND NOT THE OTHER WAY AROUND.
These two facts taken together mean that for CUMULATIVE warming or cooling to occur it must be the oceans which start accumulating Joules and not the air.
So why is the IPCC and all the media focused on the air temperatures rather then the ocean heat content for its dire predictions?
Well its because they are idiots.
There are many mysteries to this subject but the above is not one of them.
Now this is not to say that there are not terrific climate scientists out there doing good work all the time. But they aren’t getting the attention.
Take Roger Pielke senior for example.
Every thread of his is worth a look. And his weblog is just of tour-de-force of all aspects of the problems involved with the subject. He is like a fallen angel forced to ‘slum it’ in an ocean of unrisen apes.
If only the media would pay some attention to the good guys rather then these cocktail-drinking UN junketeers and real-climate.org (screw the data .com) lunatic leftists, everything would work out fine.
I’ll collect a few studies on ocean heat content and post them here for people to look at. Ocean heat content no doubt will be shown to oscillate up and down in some rythym which keeps the beat with solar cycles and with oceanic oscillations. With anomalies springing up when there are solar flares.
I say this so that you don’t panic when you hear that oceanic heat content has dropped alarmingly since 2003.
Hardly a foreshadowing of catastrophic warming is it?
The oceans have lost many times more energy since 2003 then the atmosphere ever held.
And still the panic rolls on.
“Paolo – Thank you for your comment. If the oceans were to continue to warm, that would be consistent with the multi-decadal global climate predictions. If the oceans have not continued to warm, or have even cooled, it will raise appropriate questions on the ability of the models to predict the climate consequences of natural and human climate forcings”
Comment by Roger Pielke Sr. — July 11, 2006 @ 12:38 pm”