Douglas Cotton

Douglas Cotton
Independent Researcher

Bachelor of Science

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Climatologists have merely guessed that atmospheric radiation assists the Sun to raise the surface temperature of Earth. That is not what happens at all, as is easily proven. But others who know this is wrong have still been at a loss to explain the global mean surface temperature of planets like Earth and Venus using correct physics. The explanation was in my 2013 paper "Planetary Core and Surface Temperatures" never proven wrong.

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ABSTRACT It is observed that the temperatures at the base of planetary tropospheres (or in any solid surface) are higher on average than the global mean temperature which solar radiation maintains at some higher altitude often referred to as the “radiating altitude”. This fact puzzled scientists and various attempts have been made to explain the ph...
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I've noticed that many science students and graduates from recent decades become "formula" people without understanding the limitations and conditions under which such expressions are applicable. This has led to scientists like Drs Jelbring, Nikolov and Zeller all publishing papers in which they point out a kind of correlation (not linear) between...
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This article summarises seven key reasons (based on the laws of physics) why so-called "greenhouse" gases (water vapor, carbon dioxide etc) cannot warm the surfaces of planets like Earth and Venus. What really happens in all such planets is a totally different paradigm from the old paradigm that direct radiation from the Sun warms the surface to ob...
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Josef Loschmidt was a brilliant 19th century physicist who was the first to make a realistic estimate of the size of air molecules: quite a feat in those days. In 1876 he explained his "gravito-thermal" effect wherein gravity forms a non-zero temperature gradient in the lower region of the atmosphere that is called the troposphere. This fact is v...
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The author's 2013 paper "Planetary Core and Surface Temperatures" presented what amounts to a totally new paradigm in climate change science. The hypothesis can be used to explain all temperatures and the main heat transfer mechanism in all planets. Only one hypothesis can be the correct one, and the issue as to which it is can be resolved using st...
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The paper explains why the physics involved in atmospheric and sub-surface heat transfer appears to have been misunderstood, and incorrectly applied, when postulating that a radiative “greenhouse effect” is responsible for warming the surfaces of planets such as Venus and our own Earth. A detailed discussion of the application of the Second Law of...
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The transfer of thermal energy by radiation is discussed in the context of the Earth's surface and its atmosphere. When considering what happens as the Sun is warming the surface each morning, it is noted that its radiation is being directed onto the land surfaces and some distance below the surface of the oceans. So, additional radiation supposedl...

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The claims by climatologists regarding supposed warming by so-called "greenhouse" gases are based on nothing but fictitious, fiddled physics easily proven wrong. But what does really happen? What really does explain the temperatures on Earth and other planets and moons, even below any solid surface? How does the required thermal energy get down to the base of a planet's troposphere and into any solid surface there? This is the key question answered for the first time in world literature in my 2013 paper "Planetary Core and Surface Temperatures."