Nov 18, 1998
The Quantum Mechanics of Global Warming
Dr. Brad Marston, ITP & Brown Univ
Quantum mechanics plays a crucial, albeit often overlooked, role in
our understanding of the Earth's climate. In this colloquium I will use three
well-known aspects of quantum mechanics to gain a simple physical understanding
of what may happen as the concentrations of greenhouse gases such as carbon
dioxide continue to increase. I will also utilize some basic astronomy and
wave mechanics to decipher historical climate records. I conclude with a
personal perspective on the politics versus the science of global warming.
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