Entropy production in thermodynamic climate models

T. Pujol, J. E. Llebot

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We present a non-equilibrium theory in a system with heat and radiative fluxes. The obtained expression for the entropy production is applied to a simple one-dimensional climate model based on the first law of thermodynamics. In the model, the dissipative fluxes are assumed to be independent variables, following the criteria of the Extended Irreversible Thermodynamics (EIT) that enlarges, in reference to the classical expression, the applicability of a macroscopic thermodynamic theory for systems far from equilibrium. We analyze the second differential of the classical and the generalized entropy as a criteria of stability of the steady states. Finally, the extreme state is obtained using variational techniques and observing that the system is close to the maximum dissipation rate.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-86
JournalJournal of Non-Equilibrium Thermodynamics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1998

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