The Maunder Minimum: Astrophysical Connection to Climate Change


Wednesday, May 26 2010 - 12:00 pm, PDT
Dan Lubin
SETI Institute

 The Maunder Minimum refers to an abrupt drop in solar luminosity of less than 1% during the mid-17th Century, which had profound impacts on global climate. We may be due for another solar "grand minimum" later this century. Dr. Lubin will discuss the implications of such a grand minimum during the era of anthropogenic global warming, and will also discuss astrophysical research efforts to determine how frequently a Maunder Minimum event occurs in nature. 

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