Back in 2008, an Army spokesman asserted that a large percentage of climate change is not man-made, but rather is directly linked to the Sun.
Earth’s climate linked to both short-term fluctuations and longer-term solar cycles.
Dr. Bruce West, with the Army Research Office, argued that “changes in the earth’s average surface temperature are directly linked to … the short-term statistical fluctuations in the Sun’s irradiance and the longer-term solar cycles.”
Could account for up to 69% of the increase in temperature
In the March, 2008 issue of Physics Today, West, the chief scientist of the Army Research Office’s mathematical and information science directorate, wrote that “the Sun’s turbulent dynamics” are linked with the Earth’s complex ecosystem. These connections are what is heating up the planet. “The Sun could account for as much as 69 percent of the increase in Earth’s average temperature,” West noted.
In an advisory to bloggers entitled “Global Warming: Fact of Fiction [sic],” an Army public affairs official promoted a conference call with West about “the causes of global warming, and how it may not be caused by the common indicates [sic] some scientists and the media are indicating.”
That was in 2008. I wonder what Dr. West would say about the Sun’s role in climate today?
Dr . West was still in the Army as of December 2015 when he published his book discussing the role of fractional calculus methodology. It is entitled Fractional Calculus View of Complexity: Tomorrow’s Science.
Here’s the Army’s press release:
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From: Dinklage, Lindy J. Ms OCPA <XXXXXX@
Date: Tue, Jun 3, 2008 at 12:21 PM
Subject: Army Blogger’s Roundtable: Global Warming (UNCLASSIFIED)
Army Blogger’s Roundtable
Global Warming: Fact of Fiction
11 AM Thursday, June 5
Is global warming really caused by humans, or is it simply the result of different aspects of the sun’s dynamics?
Dr. Bruce West, Chief Scientist, Mathematical & Information Science Directorate, Army Research Office, will discuss the causes of global warming, and how it may not be caused by the common indicates some scientists and the media are indicating. Research conducted by Dr. West contends that the changes in the earth’s average surface temperature are directly linked to two distinctly different aspects of the sun’s dynamics: the short-term statistical fluctuations in the Sun’s irradiance and the longer-term solar cycles.
Please reply to this message if you are interested in participating.
Public Affairs Specialist
Media Relations Division
Office of the Chief of Public Affairs
Department of the Army