I was “playing around” with the Mauna Loa CO2 data and I noticed something “funny.”
Here’s the Mauna Loa CO2 (25-month running average) plotted with the HadSST2 sea surface temperature…
There seems to be a secular correlation between CO2 and sea surface temperature. The correlation doesn’t tell us anything about causality. The AGW theory of an enhanced greenhouse effect says that the CO2 is driving up the temperature… But… Is there anything in the data that might be indicative of causality?
Let’s take a look at how the atmospheric CO2 concentration is changing. Here’s a plot of the monthly change in the 25-month running average…
Notice a pattern yet?
Let’s smooth the data out a bit with a 13-month (~annual) running average…
Wow! That curve looks a lit like the sea surface temperature curve!
The delta-CO2 is far smaller than the delta-T. It’s highly unlikely that such small changes in CO2 could cause such large changes in sea surface temperature over such short periods of time… And the CO2 shifts generally lag behind the temperature shifts.
I think this is a pretty clear indication that atmospheric CO2 has been rising in response to the warming of the oceans.
Sea Surface Temperatures:
Rayner, N.A., P.Brohan, D.E.Parker, C.K.Folland, J.J.Kennedy, M.Vanicek, T.Ansell and S.F.B.Tett 2006: Improved analyses of changes and uncertainties in sea surface temperature measured in situ since the mid-nineteenth century: the HadSST2 data set. Journal of Climate. 19(3) pp. 446-469.