The Pacific Ocean has been growing warmer and a new study shows that this trend matches simple natural trends in wind changes and not the affect of greenhouse gases that many attribute to the global warming or climate change phenom a new study shows.
Monday, the study was released and detailed comparisons of ocean water temperatures and surface air pressure from the years 1900 to 2012 and found a very close match. According to the study’s lead author, Jim Johnstone a climatologist from the Joint Institute for the study of the Atmosphere and Ocean at University of Washington, his team found that the wind studied explained the “wiggles” in the temperature curve. He added that it’s clear there are other factors at work, stronger factors, than just greenhouse gasses to explain the temperatures recorded.
The study, which was published online at the journal Proceedings of the National academy of Sciences, which is indeed a peer reviewed journal, doesn’t invalidate global warming but points to the gathered data that shows other factors, like these local winds, which are far more important in explaining the warming of the ocean than just greenhouse gasses. Of course the study’s results would ruffle the feathers of the mainstream science community that now accepts global warming theory where just a few years ago they didn’t. The mainstream scientists wanted to know how the researchers of the study could say changes in wind direction as well as velocity were just natural and unrelated t climate change.
The mainstream scientists did however focus on parts of the study that did see a correlation but failed to do the standard statistical analysis to determine the reason or cause of the changes in the wind as natural or from greenhouse gasses. Carnegie Institution for Science’s Department of Global Ecology’s Ken Caldeira who is an atmospheric scientist there pointed out that the study may explain more about climate modeling than causes of the warming waters and that the authors of the study had not totally established the causes of the winds are in no part associated with global warming. Basically, what peer reviews are saying is that yes, waters are warmed by these winds but what is causing the winds to do this. The study itself doesn’t show the rigorous science called for to complete the study.