The Mathematics of Carbon Dioxide, Part 1

Watts Up With That?

This is a guest essay by Mike Jonas, part 1 of 4


The aim of this article is to provide simple mathematical formulae that can be used to calculate the carbon dioxide (CO2) contribution to global temperature change, as represented in the computer climate models.

This article is the first in a series of four articles. Its purpose is to establish and verify the formulae, so unfortunately it is quite long and there’s a fair amount of maths in it. Parts 2 and 3 simply apply the formulae established in Part 1, and hopefully will be a lot easier to follow. Part 4 enters into further discussion. All workings and data are supplied in spreadsheets. In fact one aim is to allow users to play with the formulae in the spreadsheets.

Please note : In this article, all temperatures referred to are deg C anomalies unless otherwise stated.

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