It is my great pleasure to provide for publication the following robust analysis and counter argument of former NASA scientist, Dr. Pierre Latour to Dr. Roy Spencer’s unscientific claims regarding the alleged heating properties of ‘back radiation.’ Latour’s detailed assessment affirms those aspects of Slayers’ science.
No Virginia, Cooler Objects Cannot Make Warmer Objects Even Warmer Still.
Pierre R Latour, PE, PhD Chemical Process Control Systems Engineer rebuts Dr. Roy Spencer’s article,’Yes, Virginia, Cooler Objects Can Make Warmer Objects Even Warmer Still’ (published July 23, 2010). [1.]
I have admired and learned from Roy Spencer's work on AGW & GHG for several years. He taught me a lot. He is well recognized in his field. Now I write to return the favor and teach him about the errors in his posting and how he can learn from my field. I read all 350 blog responses, and identify the correct ones at the end.
Spencer’s setup through paragraph 11 is OK, assume start is steady-state, all dT/dt = 0. Spencer does not say whether the chiller chamber surroundings at 0F are held there by constant heat removal rate (= plate power input rate) or constant T = 0 (adjusting power input rate). Spencer’s paragraph 12 claim that the radiating plate temperature will increase from 150 to 160F by absorbing some back-radiation from the inserted non-radiating 100 plate is merely a claim, without scientific theory or evidence to back it up.