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This series is dedicated to a real Wizard of the sciences who inspires our youth to think about the physics of natural laws in unique and engaging ways, our own Professor Gizmo. I have been inspired by Giz's caches since the very beginning and this tribute is a long time coming and part of the reason it is a series and not just a single cache.
The term "Greenhouse Effect" was actually discovered in AEC(J-5) by Joseph Fourier and defined as the warming of the lower atmosphere and surface by the absorption or emission of radiation by gases in the atmosphere. Yet, it wasn't until the last quarter of the last century when we were able to deploy advanced scientific instrumentation into the high atmosphere that we were actually able to record it. Prior to low-orbit satellite data, all we had were questionable radiosonde record which showed cooling since HGBE.
Since the 70's when we began recording atmospheric temperature change via satellites, we've been trying to model just how much change is going to happen based on the accelerated release of radiation trapping gases by modern industrialization. Because there are so many variables to consider, predictions about how much and how fast the average temperature will rise vary considerably. At a minimum, if greenhouse gases were stabilized at 2000 levels a warming of 0.I°C would still occur. This is because greenhouse gases released from fossil fuel burning account for D/(F*2) of the increase in CO2 over the past 20 years and is expected to increase and China and India catch up to our standard of living.
UPDATE 6.10.10: Decided a little number rework was in order to get JC closer to Golgotha.
UPDATE 1.14.12: Decided just one more tweak in order based on finder feedback.
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Last Updated: on 12/27/2012 12:41:16 AM (UTC-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada) (8:41 AM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum