Climate variability and energy balance. (by Diego Fdez-Sevilla)
I think that we, as specie, are so used to adapt the environment to our needs that “we” might become the last living specie in the entire ecosystem identifying external interferences in our humanised local environment. It is like trying to identify the hottest day of the summer being all time at home with an air-conditioner keeping 22 Celsius.
Only when our local humanised environment gets affected by an uncontrollable change we start thinking that something must be going on. How hot has to be the day when the air-conditioner is not enough… I am afraid of that if external changes are strong enough to interfere into local ecosystems it means that the forces involved are strong enough to interconnect separated systems reflecting the need for a globalization in order to rebalance unstable situations.
The rest of the living species on earth are more sensitive to environmental changes than us. They feel the environment. If there is any evidence of that other living species are changing in the last decade in their live cycles, reproductive viability, capacity of adaptation, migration routes and timing and that there is a change in the survival success between already settled species I would be more than alert about something global being going on.
My theory (sorry if I am terribly wrong or confused in my approach) is that the energy balance between planet’s surface and atmosphere could be getting unstable. I believe water plays a major role transferring energy between systems and I wonder if the atmosphere is getting charged with more water/pressure than it used to (defined by the Vapour Pressure Deficit, I used this parameter to research about the moisture contain of airborne pollen in the atmosphere vs aerodynamic properties). An increase in atmospheric temperature would lead to an expansion in volume, lowing pressure and increasing capacity to retain water. This situation would be also affected by the increasing amount of aerosol in the atmosphere due to anthropogenic and natural sources and the drop nuclei properties of such particles. So I wonder if the alteration in the distribution and availability of the masses of water in the terrestrial surface plus the enhanced capacity of retaining water by the atmosphere could start changing in any way (shape, direction, strength, …) the connections between atmospheric cells redistributing energy across the globe. This idea has been used about changing currents in the oceans, what do you know about same approach for the atmosphere?
Basically I see the role of water in our environment as Lithium in our batteries. The energy carrier of the environment. Water has potential energy in its three different stages as gas, liquid and solid. The potential energy carried in the structural properties of water intervene in all the processes of our environment. Physical, chemical and biological processes. The transformation from one stage to another keeps moving the energy cycle at the same time that distributes energy all over the environment. Desserts depend on energy availability same as our devices depend on battery supply if there is no electricity socket available. And, the daily cycles of the sun creates interruptions of energy supply with no element accessible to retain and transport energy during sun absence as effectively as water does.
The sun could be comparable to what electricity would do with our batteries (more efficiently actually). Thus, the cycle of energy carried by water gets recharged by the sun. The hardware would be the physical features in our environment which do not take energy actively for processing, meanwhile the software would be in the form of all those processes transforming resources actively (thus consuming energy such as plants in photosynthesis). Here we would have an Operative system defined by physical, biological, chemical and thermodynamic laws and applications with defined roles. Climate ultimately would be the alterations generated in the atmosphere as part of the process for transforming and transferring energy using water as the carrier. Would that make sense?
If you like the subject take a look at this article. “Global warming slowdown linked to cooler Pacific waters”. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23854904
This article ends with: “Over the period that the authors analysed, observations showed a continued trapping of heat in the Earth’s climate system, despite the temporary slowdown in surface warming, and an important question that the paper does not address is where this energy has gone. Almost certainly it is in the deep ocean.“
Well, I would like to see data about Vapour Pressure Deficit. More greenhouse gases in the atmosphere would induce an increased capacity of having water in the atmosphere trapping heat. This would seem as a logical mechanism for resilience against global temperature raising variations since atmospheric water would absorb heat consuming energy thus maintaining temperature values. However, more water in the atmosphere would increase the atmospheric potential energy load that triggers and charges atmospheric events. Any thoughts on this?
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