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Re: Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth

Unfortunately, on a per-capita basis we aren't much better off than we were in 1950. Check out my attached presentation, slide 13. We consume more, produce about the same, and have less renewable energy on the books. In 1950 renewables were mostly biomass and hydro; now they're also "biofuels&q...
by EMorgan
Tue Nov 26, 2013 7:46 pm
 
Forum: Weather and Climate
Topic: Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for
Comments: 5
Views: 629

Re: Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth

This article presents a mathematical representation of of an system that is not fully understood. Thus, physics does not dictate the answer, the error bars do. How do we test the results? Since we can't do that, there is no accountability and models of this ilk will be the norm, if they aren't alrea...
by EMorgan
Tue Nov 26, 2013 5:49 pm
 
Forum: Weather and Climate
Topic: Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for
Comments: 5
Views: 629

Re: Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth

Here's the real journal publication. One thousand year predictions? I'm skeptical that this is meaningful.

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by EMorgan
Mon Nov 25, 2013 5:20 pm
 
Forum: Weather and Climate
Topic: Even If Emissions Stop, Carbon Dioxide Could Warm Earth for
Comments: 5
Views: 629

Re: Sudbury, MA Chestnut

Do you know if it flowered this year? Is there any evidence of burs either on the ground or on the tree? It may not flower if it's under the canopy, but it's worth a look. Also, the American Chestnut Foundation is always interested in trees of this stature. You can report the trees (with a sample) h...
by EMorgan
Tue Aug 13, 2013 3:29 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Sudbury, MA Chestnut
Comments: 5
Views: 574

Re: Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant

You might also check out Design in Nature by Adrian Bejan. He's a giant in thermodynamics (Duke University) and has some interesting things to say:
http://www.amazon.com/Design-Nature-Constructal-Technology-Organization/dp/0385534612
by EMorgan
Fri Jul 26, 2013 12:27 pm
 
Forum: General Science Discussions
Topic: Doodling in Math: Spirals, Fibonacci, and Being a Plant
Comments: 4
Views: 735

Re: LIDAR

UMass Amherst has at least one LIDAR for measuring wind speeds. It's housed at the Wind Energy Center. Last I checked, it wasn't being used. They might be interested in getting it up and running again...

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by EMorgan
Mon Jul 22, 2013 12:50 pm
 
Forum: Remote Sensing, LIDAR, and GIS
Topic: LIDAR
Comments: 2
Views: 2684

Re: Frelich and Ostuno, 2012: Estimating wind speed...

Hi Joe, I was pointing out possible collaborations for the author, not political issues with wind turbines. I'd be interested in collaborating with the authors myself. They can contact me via this page if they wish. Which town in western MA are you' referring to? I worked with many when I lived ther...
by EMorgan
Wed Jul 17, 2013 5:56 pm
 
Forum: Weather and Climate
Topic: Frelich and Ostuno, 2012: Estimating wind speed...
Comments: 6
Views: 1227

Re: Frelich and Ostuno, 2012: Estimating wind speed...

Neat paper. Wind turbine engineers might be able to make a valuable contribution to this discipline. Such engineers are clearly knowledgeable about wind, but they also need to be well versed in structures so that the turbines don't fall over. One book that has the fundamentals of wind engineering is...
by EMorgan
Tue Jul 16, 2013 6:24 pm
 
Forum: Weather and Climate
Topic: Frelich and Ostuno, 2012: Estimating wind speed...
Comments: 6
Views: 1227

Re: ‘Shadow Biosphere’ theory gaining scientific support

I wonder how the shadow biosphere jives with Bejan's Constructal Law: "For a finite-size system to persist in time (to live), it must evolve in such a way that it provides easier access to the imposed currents that flow through it." Bejan has a book titled "Design in Nature" and ...
by EMorgan
Wed Apr 17, 2013 11:49 pm
 
Forum: General Science Discussions
Topic: ‘Shadow Biosphere’ theory gaining scientific support
Comments: 6
Views: 1508

Re: Norway spruces in Buckland

Is that the northern red oak that is listed as the national champion? Is so, there must be a new national and state champion northern red. Anyone know of any others in the 30' circumference size range?

Eric
by EMorgan
Wed Apr 10, 2013 2:53 pm
 
Forum: Massachusetts
Topic: Norway spruces in Buckland
Comments: 23
Views: 3895
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