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Using the Oceans to Quantify Solar Forcing

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A paper by Nir Shaviv shows that the solar forcing associated with the eleven year solar cycle is about seven times larger than that caused by the total solar irradiance variations. This article provides a summary of the analysis with a link to the technical paper.

The Sun-Climate Connection

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This article reviews correlations between the Sun and climate, and discusses how the Sun can effect cloud formation by changing the cosmic ray flux.

Cosmic Ray Decreases Affect Atmospheric Aerosols And Clouds

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When solar explosions interfere with the cosmic rays there is a temporary shortage of small aerosols that seed the formation of liquid water droplets of low-level clouds. Because of the shortage, clouds over the ocean can lose as much as 7 per cent of their liquid water within seven or eight days of the cosmic-ray minimum.

Exploding Stars Influence Climate of Earth

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Dr. Svensmark of the Danish National Space Center shows that a recent experiment confirms that cosmic rays affect the Earth's cloud cover, thereby influencing our climate. The changing solar coronal magnetic field strongly affects the cosmic ray flux entering the Earth's atmosphere.


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Dr. Svensmark shows how cosmic rays seed low clouds, which provides an amplification of the Sun's influence on climate change. He shows the Sun affects Earth's climate on all time scales.

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