Global Warming: What We Can Learn From Astrophysics

NJIT Technology and Society Forum Series

Philip Goode
Distinguished Professor of Physics
NJIT and Director of the Big Bear Solar Observatory

Wed, April 6, 2005

Abstract

In his lecture at NJIT on March 2, Michael Oppenheimer several times referred to this upcoming lecture of Prof. Philip Goode. Prof. Goode is making valuable contributions to the understanding of the phenomenon of global warming. He has found that changes in the earth's climate depend most basically on changes in the sun's output, the earth's reflectance, and greenhouse gases. In his lecture Goode will use earthshine data to probe the relative roles of the above three phenomena. Earthshine is the ghostly glow of sunlight reflected from the dark of the Moon. As a result of his work insights into the difficult problem of assessing the effect of cloud cover on global warming may be derived.

Biography

Phil Goode received an A.B from the University of California at Berkeley in 1964 and a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 1969. His research interests are in theoretical and observational astrophysics; stellar evolution theory; helio- and astero-seismology and solar physics, construction of a seismic model of the sun with specific application to the solar neutrino paradox; asteroseismic studies of magnetic and non-magnetic stars; observational studies of the excitation of solar oscillations and the sun's convection in infrared and visible light. He has over 200 publications in his research on the Sun's interior and atmosphere; magnetic fields; helioseismology; and climate studies.

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