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2010-10-15 16:53:57

Water vapor and clouds are the major contributors to Earth's greenhouse effect, but a new atmosphere-ocean climate modeling study shows that the planet's temperature ultimately depends on the atmospheric level of carbon dioxide. The study, conducted by Andrew Lacis and colleagues at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) in New York, examined the nature of Earth's greenhouse effect and clarified the role that greenhouse gases and clouds play in absorbing outgoing infrared...

2010-09-07 14:03:00

PHOENIX, Sept. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- With asphalt temperatures soaring above 200 degrees F in Phoenix this summer, one company has volunteered to help cool down the schools. Under the "Cool Schools Initiative" Emerald Cool Pavement (emeraldcoolpavements.com) is changing communities by donating labor and materials in the first "Solar Reflective Cool Pavement" offered for school playgrounds, beginning with the City of Scottsdale. (SEE PHOTOS -...

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2010-07-30 07:15:36

Urban Heat Island Effect Keeps Manhattan Hotter Longer, CCNY Professor Says Heat waves like those that baked the Northeast in July are likely to be more frequent and more intense in the future, with their effects amplified in densely built urban environments like Manhattan, according to climate scientists at The City College of New York (CCNY). "Manhattan is subject to an urban heat island effect because its physical landscape is significantly different from the surrounding suburbs," said Dr....

2010-07-01 10:46:00

SHANGHAI, July 1 /PRNewswire-Asia/ -- China Energy Recovery, Inc. (Pink Sheets: CGYV) ("CER"), which designs, manufactures and installs waste heat energy recovery systems, today announced it entered into an agreement with a new customer, Wuxi Greenapple Chemical Industry Co., Ltd., to install a waste heat recovery system into that company's new sulfuric acid plant located in Zhenjiang City, Jiangsu Province. The system is anticipated to be completed in the first half of 2011 and...

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2010-05-02 07:57:56

NSF-supported climate scientist Mark Flanner and colleagues find differences in the rates for spring warming and snow cover decline in Eurasia and North America, and are studying whether aerosols are a key factor Over the past 30 years, springtime snow melt and warming appear to be proceeding at a faster rate in Eurasia than in North America. Climate scientist Mark Flanner, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan and a recent Advanced Study Program graduate at the National...

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2010-04-06 14:15:00

No extreme greenhouse needed to keep water wet Four billion years ago, our then stripling sun radiated only 70 to 75 percent as much energy as it does today. Other things on Earth being equal, with so little energy reaching the planet's surface, all water on the planet should been have frozen. But ancient rocks hold ample evidence that the early Earth was awash in liquid water "“ a planetary ocean of it. So something must have compensated for the reduced solar output and kept Earth's...

2010-04-06 12:12:00

SEATTLE, April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Today Clean Power Research announced a groundbreaking update to their SolarAnywhere (http://www.solaranywhere.com) irradiance data service. The update enables solar irradiance forecasts up to a week in advance, free access to nationwide 1998 through 2007 data and licenses for more recent data. Hourly solar radiation, wind and temperature data are used extensively by industry and academia for site suitability analysis and system modeling. SolarAnywhere...

2010-02-22 07:26:12

Protect yourself from the summer sun is good advice to children who want to play outside on a hot summer day and it is good advice to cities as a way to mitigate the phenomenon known as urban heat island. For children, a hat, long sleeves and sun block provide protection. For cities, it might be canopies, additives to construction materials and smarter use of landscaping that helps protect it from the sun, said Harvey Bryan, an ASU professor of architecture. Bryan presented several possible...

2009-12-16 11:46:36

NASA researchers studying urban landscapes have found that the intensity of the "heat island" created by a city depends on the ecosystem it replaced and on the regional climate. Urban areas developed in arid and semi-arid regions show far less heating compared with the surrounding countryside than cities built amid forested and temperate climates. "The placement and structure of cities "“ and what was there before -- really does matter," said Marc Imhoff, biologist and remote sensing...

2009-11-16 14:09:08

The system has an important part in the global climate due to its size, its high latitude location and the negative radiation balance of its large ice sheets. Antarctica has also been in focus for several decades due to increased ultraviolet (UV) levels caused by stratospheric ozone depletion, and the disintegration of its ice shelves. During the summer of 1997-1998, measurements of beam absorption and beam attenuation coefficients, and downwelling and upwelling irradiance were made in the...


Latest Climate forcing Reference Libraries

Urban Heat Island
2013-04-02 15:35:21

An urban heat island (UHI) is a metropolitan area that is drastically warmer than its surrounding rural areas because of human activities. The phenomenon was first looked into and described by Luke Howard during the 1810s, although he wasn’t the one to name the phenomenon. The difference in temperature is normally bigger at night as opposed to during the day, and it most obvious when winds are weak. Seasonally, UHI is seen during the summer and the winter. The key cause of the urban heat...

Incoming Solar Radiation Impacts By Various Weather Cycles
2012-07-23 11:19:47

The above image looks at the month of March for the three cycles known as Normal Phase, El-Nino, and La-Nina. The data was recorded for the city of Austin Texas. Remember this is just data for one month during these cycles. Normal: During this cycle incoming solar activity was upwards to 60% efficient for the month, producing enough solar energy that only 40% of the month would have not had strong incoming radiation. EL-Nino: This phase provided the area with an extended number of...

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