Roger Pielke Sr.’s Announcement and TallBloke’s Book Review of “Who Turned on the Heat – The Unsuspected Global Warming Culprit, El Niño-Southern Oscillation”

From Climate Science: Roger Pielke Sr.

Announcement – Bob Tisdale’s New Book – Who Turned on the Heat? – “The Unsuspected Global Warming Culprit, El Niño-Southern Oscillation”

Bob Tisdale has published his new book, as he announced on his website Bob Tisdale – Climate Observations.

Bob has contributed very important information on the documentation of ocean temperature patterns and trends, and this new book is a significant new addition to the climate science discussion. I encourage objective reviews of the book be published in EOS, Science, Nature and BAMS.

Bob’s announcement about the book is reproduced below.

Who Turned on the Heat? – The Unsuspected Global Warming Culprit, El Niño-Southern Oscillationis on sale in pdf form for US$8.00 Please click here to buy a copy.

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From TallBloke’s Talkshop

Book Review: Who Turned On The Heat? by Bob Tisdale

Bob Tisdale has been a busy man, who as well as running his excellent blog, has been writing a comprehensive survey and analysis of global warming from the point of view of an analytical oceanographer. He has kindly sent me an advance copy of this work, which he is selling at the ridiculously low price of $8.00 in e-book and pdf format from his site.

This graph laden book runs to a monumental 550+ pages and I haven’t really delved into it in detail yet. But I want to get this review out in time for the launch and having followed Bob’s blog and his posts on wattsupwiththat over the years, I pretty familiar with his style and arguments for his main thesis: that ENSO was the main driver of the warming observed towards the end of the C20th.

Bob is a careful empiricist and doesn’t stray as far into speculation about ultimate causes as many bloggers (ahem) and scientists who should know better do. Nonetheless, he has been meticulous in teasing out the relationships between various atmospheric and oceanic circulations which bear on the issue of what causes what and this knowledge is of huge benefit to all students of climate. Although the book can’t contains the splendid animations he has produced to assist him and us in visualising the evolving trends which affect surface temperature, wind patterns, and all the rest of the phenomena of the general circulation, Bob provides links to them which are active on his site and also walks us through the chains of cause and effect in various parts of the world with patiently and expertly produced diagrams, graphs and images.

Although the book has no index, (pdf readers have more than adequate search facilities anyway), the well considered and detailed table of contents breaks down his survey and plot lines to a close enough resolution for the reader to be able to home in on the specific few pages they need to refer to when using the work as a reference rather than a continuous read. this is important, and Bob’s clear thinking and meticulous effort has led to a successful execution.

Here’s a small part of the table of contents so you can see an example of the topic coverage:

8.3 In the East Pacific and West Indian Oceans, Would the Cooling Rates after Major El Niño events be Faster if Anthropogenic Greenhouses Gases Weren’t Warming the Oceans? ………………………………. 497
8.4 Is There Any Evidence That Downward Longwave (Infrared) Radiation from Anthropogenic Greenhouse Gases Warms the Oceans (Sea Surface Temperature or Ocean Heat Content)? ………… 500
8.5 Why is using Global Data as a Metric for Global Warming Misleading?…………………………………. 501
8.6 Is the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation Impacted by ENSO? ………………………………………………… 503
8.7 Is ENSO Impacted by the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation? ………………………………………………… 507
8.8 What Causes the Multidecadal Component of ENSO? …………………………………………………………. 508

You can download a taster at bob’s site with the full table of contents and the intro here.

Rather than providing answers to difficult questions as if they are incontrovertibly settled, Bob treats them as opportunities to present evidence that the readers can assess for themselves. He is not known in the blogosphere for his dogmatic stances or over-reaching conclusions. If anything, the readers might sometimes want to shout – “but it’s obvious”…. Bob is content for them to be happy with their prowess and doesn’t lead by the nose.

Nonetheless, the detailed work he has done has paid off handsomely and those conclusions Bob does reach, are reached through a well documented trail of solid reasoning. People who take the time and trouble to acqauint themselves with this work thoroughly, will be enriched by a corpus of knowledge which will stand them in good stead as they seek to understand climate and weather better.

A no brainer at a mere $8.00, ‘Who Turned On The Heat’ easily scores a talkshop ‘Highly Recommended’.

See Bob’s own summary of the bookon his site.

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Who Turned on the Heat? – The Unsuspected Global Warming Culprit, El Niño-Southern Oscillationis on sale in pdf form for US$8.00 Please click here to buy a copy.

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About Bob Tisdale

Research interest: the long-term aftereffects of El Niño and La Nina events on global sea surface temperature and ocean heat content. Author of the ebook Who Turned on the Heat? and regular contributor at WattsUpWithThat.
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2 Responses to Roger Pielke Sr.’s Announcement and TallBloke’s Book Review of “Who Turned on the Heat – The Unsuspected Global Warming Culprit, El Niño-Southern Oscillation”

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