Further Studies of the Impact of Waste Heat Release on Simulated Global Climate: Part I

Williams, J., Kroemer, G., & Gilchrist, A. (1977). Further Studies of the Impact of Waste Heat Release on Simulated Global Climate: Part I. IIASA Research Memorandum. IIASA, Laxenburg, Austria: RM-77-015


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The general circulation model (GCM) of the United Kingdom Meteorological Office (UKMO) has been used to investigate the impact of an input of waste heat (1.5 x 10e14 watts) into the atmosphere in a small area in the mid-latitude eastern Atlantic Ocean. The results of this experiment have been compared with those of two earlier experiments in which the waste heat was input from two energy parks, one in the Atlantic and one in the Pacific Ocean.

The energy park produced significant responses in the surface pressure field, the temperature in the lowest layer of the model, and in the total precipitation distribution. The changes are of the same order of magnitude as the changes found in two earlier energy park experiments, and there are some similarities between changes in this experiment and EX01, especially over the area immediately downstream of the energy park.

The results of all three energy park experiments have been investigated using zonal harmonic analysis, and the influence of the energy parks on the positions and amplitudes of waves in the temperature and wind fields are discussed.

Item Type: Monograph (IIASA Research Memorandum)
Research Programs: Energy Program (ENP)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 01:44
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:08
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/800

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