UPI reports of new satellite data that global warming computer models over estimate the warming of Earth’s atmosphere. Researchers at the University of Alabama say data from NASA’s Terra satellite indicate that when the climate warms, Earth’s atmosphere is more efficient at releasing energy into space than current climate models have been programmed to consider.
Current climate forecasts predict faster Earth warming than is actually occurring, the University’s Earth System Science Center says; “The satellite observations suggest there is much more energy lost to space during and after warming than the climate models show. There is a huge discrepancy between the data and the forecasts that is especially big over the oceans.”
Not only does the atmosphere release more solar energy than previously thought, it starts releasing it earlier in a warming cycle, in contrast to models that forecast the climate should continue to absorb solar energy until a warming event peaks. Paradoxically, satellites now show solar energy being lost while previous climate models showed solar energy being gained.
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