"If these SIM measurements indicate real solar variations, then it would mean you could expect a warmer surface during periods of low solar activity, the opposite of what climate models currently assume," said Gavin Schmidt, a climate modeling specialist at NASA's Goddard Institute for Space Studies in New York City.
It would also imply that the sun's contribution to climate change over the last century or so might be even smaller than currently thought, suggesting that the human contribution to climate change may in turn be even larger than current estimates.
If these results from SIM were proved correct then any connection between the sun and the Little Ice age would be totally inexplicable since we would expect a net warming over that period !
Not quite the smoking gun then.
Edited by Br Cornelius, 20 December 2012 - 05:12 PM.