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Variations of the Earth’s Energy Budget are driving Increases of Ocean Water Levels and Temperatures

Ulrich Wolff März 2013 Abstract The increase of ocean water levels started 15000 years ago. Observation confirms that this trend is still continuing thus indicating that the energy budget of the earth is positive since that time. This finding is contradictory to a postulated balanced annual global energy budget being the foundation of mathematical models used to claim an influence of so called atmospheric green house gases on temperatures. On the contrary the increase of ocean water levels as observed between 1904 – 2007 allows quantifying an average imbalance of the earth’s energy Budget equaling ≈ +0,52 W/m2 during the years 1904 – 2007 thus causing an increase of average temperatures in ocean waters by ≈ +0,74 K. In addition recent findings concerning cloud emergence underline its influence on temperatures in crust and atmosphere including natural fluctuations observed,.

The energy flux into crust and atmosphere of the earth emerges from interaction of its matter with radiation and matter out of space penetrating the earth together with a small contribution from radioactive decay and stored heat (1). It is the absorption and storage of solar radiation preventing surface temperatures from reducing to about 32 K (-240 ℃). The outgoing energy flux into space emerges continuously from surfaces of solid and liquid matter facing space in form of heat radiation completed with a contribution of radiation, which is being discontinuously emitted from atoms and molecules of some atmospheric gases following excitation. Therefore the variation of the enthalpy of crust and atmosphere depends on its energy budget, its changes with time including changes of state of matter all together controlling “weather” and its statistics “climate”. An attempt of a mathematical treatment of this open system faces a rather complex initial value problem. Changes of state within the atmosphere and crust are nonlinear and in the long-term even chaotic-stochastic. A solution of the problem can be achieved neither by measurement nor by calculation. As a consequence thereof the weather forecast is based on observation combined with the use of mathematical models, both attempting to recognize and describe the “short term deterministic component” of changes. Since several decades this approach is generating a forecast up to about a week. A different approach is being applied by another section of “Climate Science” based on postulating the possibility to produce a long term forecast of variations of a “global

that the increase of the CO2 concentration within the atmosphere following industrialization did cause an increase of the average global surface temperature by about 0. However there are no indications that influences of such nature might have contributed significantly to the increase observed during the time span considered here: During the past 15000 years following the end of the last ice age phase the global ocean water level rose according to (4) and (5) by about 140 m. An earths energy budget resulting is being presented in (2). Ice melting took place on less than 10% of the earth’s surface only. Based on an average ocean depth of 3900 m this energy input lets the average water . (5) the average increase equaled 1.5 mm/year before 9000 to 5000 years.14 mm/year thereafter during the period between 1954 and 2007. It is highly probable that in parallel ≈ 469 kWh/m2 had been absorbed in the ocean waters covering 71 % of the earth’s surface. An average imbalance of the earth’s energy budget of +0. This amount of energy equals 18 times the average yearly input of solar energy into 1 m 2 of the ocean surfaces. if melting occurs at constant temperature. This assumption reduces the mathematical challenge drastically. A further rise of surface temperatures is being predicted to reach several K assumed to be caused by a continuing increase of the CO2 concentration within the atmosphere (3). reduced to 1. which is still active.278 kWh.69 t/m2 requiring an energy input of ≈ 469 kWh/m2. Evidently the transition from ice age into the present warm period has not yet been completed: Using data from 23 locations (4).9 MWh/m2 of Ocean surface would melt a quantity of ice to raise the ocean water levels by 140 m. That is an average increase of about 10 mm/year. The yearly values are varying around the general trend.91 ± 0.1 mm/year during the last 3000 years. These considerations are put into question in toto based on the increase of the global ocean water levels beginning at the end of the last ice age phase ≈ 15000 years ago and still continuing. Starting from zero the rate of level increase reached 12.14 mm/year between 1904 and 1953.52 W/m2 over 103 years accumulates to a total equaling 469 kWh/m 2. An increase of water level as being observed can have other causes also like tectonic effects as being verified regionally.7 K during the past 100 . The total quantity of water released into the oceans at this surface fraction equaled ≈ 1.4 mm/year thereafter and to 1. reducing to 1. The time dependent initial value problem is being replaced by a boundary value problem only. The global ocean water level must rise following an energy flux into the crust causing melting of ice not floating and/or increasing the water temperatures. These simplifications include treating the open system earth as a closed system by postulating the existence of a balanced earth’s energy budget at the upper boundary of the atmosphere during respective time spans considered. Based on calculations using such mathematical models it is being claimed.150 years already. An increase of the ocean water level by 1 mm/m2 caused by melting of ice (not floating) requires an energy input of at least 0.42 ± 0.2 climate” by using models utilizing grossly simplified mathematical tools. Therefore 38.

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