Climate as a heat engine

Guest essay by Jan Kjetil Andersen As Willis describes in his article on December 21, the atmosphere can be seen as a gigantic heat engine, i.e. a machine which convert thermal energy, namely temperature, into mechanical energy, namely wind. It may seem a bit strange to view the weather system as a kind of machine…

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A new perspective on climate science and wind power

Reposted from Dr. Roger Pielke Senior’s blog: A New Perspective On Climate Science By L. Miller, F. Gans and A. Kleidon It is not often that a new perspective is proposed in climate science, however, a set of two 2011 papers have done that (h/t to John Droz Jr!). These papers are Miller, L. M., Gans, F., and Kleidon, A.:…