Solar change and climate: an update in the light of the current exceptional solar minimum

Mike Lockwood

Abstract

Solar outputs during the current solar minimum are setting record low values for the space age. Evidence is here reviewed that this is part of a decline in solar activity from a grand solar maximum and that the Sun has returned to a state that last prevailed in 1924. Recent research into what this means, and does not mean, for climate change is reviewed.

Footnotes

  • One contribution to the 2010 Anniversary Series: a collection of reviews celebrating the Royal Society’s 350th Anniversary.

    • Received October 4, 2009.
    • Accepted November 5, 2009.
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