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International Conference on Solar Influence on Climate

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I thought I’d give a little heads up to a conference to be held at Montana State University from June 1-6:

Approximately 100 scientists from Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa and North America will participate in the workshop titled “Solar Variability, Earth’s Climate and the Space Environment,” said MSU physicist Dibyendu Nandi, head of the local organizing committee.

Participants will include directors of major international institutions, leaders of space missions and contributors to the report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. One of the participants, the managing director of the Max-Planck-Institute for Solar System Research in Germany, will give a public address on June 3.

“This is the first workshop in this international series of meetings that will be held in the United States,” said William Hiscock, physics professor and head of the MSU physics department. “The selection of MSU as host for this event reflects the strong international reputation of our solar physics research group.”

Nandi added, “The Sun is the main source of energy in the solar system. Understanding how variations in its magnetic and radiative output influence our climate and space environment is the primary focus of this workshop. Achieving this understanding is important for protecting our technologies in space and on Earth and is essential towards distinguishing the natural and man-made causes of global climate change.”

Of course, some climate modellers think that this conference would be a waste of time.

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Written by John A

May 25, 2008 at 11:10 pm

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  1. I couldn’t find a link to send you a general e-mail, but here’s a link you may find interesting:

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B7GJ1-4DPD111-13&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=f41e970f3d91ec500c7bb836e3a524ed

    It credits the Maunder Minimum with producing the unique sound of the Stradivarius violin.

    Perhaps we can look forward to more soothing classical music should the sun enter a new period of minimum activity.

    Bob Knaus

    May 27, 2008 at 1:21 am

  2. Bob,

    Thanks for the link but for next time: tinyurl.com is your best friend.

    John A

    May 30, 2008 at 3:57 am


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