I have recently posted on the 2009 Mathematics Awareness Month, a forum by the American Mathematical Society, the American Statistical Association, the Mathematical Association of America, and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics that is a national-level event to spread awareness of the importance of Math. This year’s theme was Math and Climate.
I have recently submitted a paper to add to their list of Climate Articles entitled “An Analysis of Radiative Equilibrium, Forcings, and Feedbacks.” It’s a 21 page PDF file.
Every year in April, there is a Mathematics Awareness Month with the goal to increase public understanding and appreciation for mathematics. This year, the theme for the event is Mathematics and Climate.
Aerosols have played a large role in climate change over the 20th century and have partially offset greenhouse gas warming, leading to a net warming that is smaller than a purely GHG-forced 20th century climate change. They affect climate though their direct ability to reflect shortwave radiation, but also through their indirect influence on cloud cover. A recent study (in press) by some folks at GISS using ModelE have published on aerosol effects from 1890-1995 and I’ll summarize some of their work: