In meteorology, air temperature measurements are typically taken 2m above the surface. It is a routine measurement at weather stations, and this temperature is the basis for analyzing trends, such as global warming. The temperature of the surface is not so often measured, but it can be inferred by satellites from how much radiation is being emitted by the surface. Being only 2m apart, one may think that the temperatures basically reflect more or less the same, given their close proximity. We actually found out that this is not the case: surface temperature responds much more strongly to a lack of water than air temperature. This finding was just published in our article in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Continue reading “If you think surface and air temperature are basically the same thing, think again. Or read our new paper.”
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I thought it might be a good idea to meet with wind energy critics to hear what they have to say. But my experience told me otherwise. Perhaps I should have been warned. They are associated with a German organization called „Vernunftkraft“, which has „sensible“ in its name. How presumptuous! It should have been a red warning flag for me. Continue reading “Making sense of German wind energy”
Why do I start writing a blog? Well, I see a few reasons: Continue reading “Starting a blog”