Monthly Archives: December 2013

Maths and Science 2013: Reaction to Wilson and Frenkel

Famous Harvard biologist E. O. Wilson wrote a Wall Street Journal essay in April of this year downplaying the need to learn maths for scientists.  I suppose he wanted to start a lively conversation about the matter, but it it … Continue reading

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Lotka-Volterra systems and predator-prey relationships

Lotka-Volterra systems are one of the oldest and most fundamental mathematical renditions of ecological problems.  They are typically illustrated with predator-prey relationships, but I was introduced to them dealing with problems of competition for space by plants in niche ecological … Continue reading

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November 2013 climate anomalies

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How black body physics and radiation equilibrium is crucial to semiconductor operation: links

There was some skepticism expressed regarding my claim that black body radiation equilibrium physics used to argue the inevitability of climate change in a world having higher greenhouse gas concentrations (per Arrhenius) had something crucial to do with the operation … Continue reading

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“Gary Greenberg: The beautiful nano details of our world”

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Who is Bankrolling the Climate Change Counter-Movement?

Originally posted on Azimuth:
It’s mostly secret. A new refereed paper by Robert Brulle of Drexel University looks into it. “The climate change countermovement has had a real political and ecological impact on the failure of the world to act…

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JAGS for finding Highs and Lows in a week of Wikipedia accesses

I’ve been learning how to use JAGS for Bayesian hierarchical modeling, moved by the great teaching of John Kruschke, Peter Congdon, Andrew Gelman, and many others. So, I went on to solve a problem with JAGS (“Just Another Gibbs Sampler”). … Continue reading

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On Education, and Lack of Respect for It

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Commenting Policy

Comments which are on subject, generously defined, will be accepted.  Any comment which disparages one or more individuals or one or more organizations will not be approved. I may accept comments tentatively, but if managing comments from a particular contributor … Continue reading

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Climate Change: The State of the Science, 2013, IPCC

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postdoc position in Bayesian Climate Uncertainty Modeling

Climate Uncertainty Quantification Postdoc Where You Will Work Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety … Continue reading

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“LONG CHOICES: On Climate and Being Carbon Dioxide”, a lecture

LONG CHOICES: On Climate and Being Carbon Dioxide How does the Earth surface stay warm at night?  How much carbon have people added to our atmosphere? How long does it remain there? What is this doing to Earth’s climate? Why? … Continue reading

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Correlation, causation, and coupled pairs of differential equations

An aspect of paleoclimate evidence to which Professor Jennifer Francis alludes in her recent report on Arctic amplification is the close mutual modeling which Earth surface temperature and carbon dioxide concentration exhibit during the recent geologic past. Since relative timings … Continue reading

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Jennifer Francis fights back: Arctic amplification

Jennifer Francis, Quihong Tang, and Xuejun Zhang have a new paper in Nature Climate Change, titled “Extreme summer weather in northern mid-latitudes linked to a vanishing cryosphere”.  Dr Francis has argued eloquently that either the diminished cryosphere or the energy balancing mechanisms … Continue reading

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Nice comment by Pete Dunkelberg

I like this comment by Pete Dunkelberg over on a post at RealClimate very much: “Communicate by starting with the bottom line. “It is really happening and we know why. “‘[U]ncertainty’ means the range in how bad it will get how soon. … Continue reading

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How about that …

New paper: A. Kleidon, M. Renner, “A simple explanation for the sensitivity of the hydrologic cycle to surface temperature and solar radiation and its implications for global climate change”, Earth System Dynamics, 4, 455-465, 2013, open access. I have not yet read it thouroughly, … Continue reading

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World Ocean Radio

I sometimes wish my UU community would understand the following: We are not living in reality; if so, we would not enable delusion. We are not being practical; if so, we would assure that our needs would be sustained for … Continue reading

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