The Dictionary of the Climate Debate (DCD)


Wigley, Tom






A high-profile proponent who works at UCAR, he is one of the world's foremost experts on climate change. Previously, he was director of the University of East Anglia's Climatic Research Unit. In 1980 he and Phil Jones produced the first complete global analysis of average surface temperatures.

Lecture: The Energy Challenge of Climate Change

Click here to hear Wigley's July 2008 lecture. Here's the program description for it:

"In this congressional briefing Wigley notes that the amount of carbon-free energy required to stabilize CO2 concentrations has been built into no-climate-policy scenarios. These assumed changes may be unrealistic in the face of rapid development in Asia. According to Edmonds, stabilizing CO2 concentrations at 550 ppm will require new science and technology to reduce the cost of such an effort."

Notes:
1. Click here to read Santer and Wigley's paper: Solar variability does not explain late-20th-century warming.


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