Crowd funding programmes like Kick-starter have been used to raise money for music projects and Hollywood films, but now it could even be used to raise funding for long running scientific projects. The so-called Keeling Curve is the world’s longest unbroken record of how much carbon dioxide is in the atmosphere, but after funding cuts it’s now asking the public to chip in to keep the data going. To find out more about this archive and the gas it measures, here’s your Quick Fire Science with Kate Lamble and Dave Ansell.
I will say that we need high quality data for any climate sciences, including long-term CO2 monitoring. However, at this point the CO2 curve seems to be rather predictable, and one could potentially use less frequent readings to maintain the curve, unless someone has some other data source that needs to be correlated with it.
The only interesting thing about the Keeling Curve is that it peaks in May and has a minimum in October every year, which is exactly what you would not expect if it was dominated by anthropogenic emission, which peaks in February with a minimum in July. Since nobody seems concerned by that fact, there seems little point in continuing to measure it.
The Mauna Loa annual cycle is well established and amazingly reproducible from year to year. The underlying upward trend may be due to a hundred causes, fossil fuel burning being among them, but the sinusoidal ripple is significant because it is out of phase with the sun, and thus tells us that something else, very important, very longlasting, and of almost constant amplitude, is going on.
Are you telling me that they want to take away the fundings? The next step should be to make a law forbidding global warming, all together. That should teach it. I'm sure Canada would be proud to take the first step there, or maybe Russia?
Alan, what peaks are you referring to?
Btw: we should hit 400 ppm soon, a new record as I understands it. O0ps, sorry, we've already passed it.
It would seem like funding an observatory on land in Hawaii would be cheap compared to some other things that have been done.
Not much Clifford. And satellites are cheap, considering the wealth of data you accumulate from them. But USA who has been foremost in sending up such satellites seem very uninterested those days. But as I say, it's finally political decisions, and they, as well as their contributors, are indeed thinking wrong there. Much simpler to just ban Global warming.
I'm surprised :) now you're sounding downright cynical Clifford. Isn't bans a good thing? I mean, they do allow for a lot of privacy, probably democratic too, if presented the right way. Well, got to admit that you and me both seems to have problems understanding why we keep doing things we know are doomed. yor_on, Mon, 14th Apr 2014