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https://doi.org/10.5194/acpd-8-17423-2008
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On the validity of representing hurricanes as Carnot heat engine

A. M. Makarieva2,1, V. G. Gorshkov2,1, and B.-L. Li2 A. M. Makarieva et al.
  • 1Theoretical Physics Division, Petersburg Nuclear Physics Institute, 188300, Gatchina, St. Petersburg, Russia
  • 2CAU-UCR International Center for Ecology and Sustainability, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA

Abstract. It is argued, on the basis of detailed critique of published literature, that the existing thermodynamic theory of hurricanes, where it is assumed that the hurricane power is formed due to heat input from the ocean, is not physically consistent, as it comes in conflict with the first and second laws of thermodynamics. A quantitative perspective of describing hurricane energetics as that of an adiabatic atmospheric process occurring at the expense of condensation of water vapor that creates drop of local air pressure, is outlined.

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