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Posted on 11/19/2009 10:21:38 PM PST by Marie
This email may be referring to Michael Mann. He's the guy who invented the "Hocky Stick" Graph.
From: Phil Jones
To: ray bradley ,firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Diagram for WMO Statement
Date: Tue, 16 Nov 1999 13:31:15 +0000
Dear Ray, Mike and Malcolm,
Once Tims got a diagram here well send that either later today or first thing tomorrow.
Ive just completed Mikes Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keiths to hide the decline. Mikes series got the annual land and marine values while the other two got April-Sept for NH land N of 20N. The latter two are real for 1999, while the estimate for 1999 for NH combined is +0.44C wrt 61-90. The Global estimate for 1999 with data through Oct is +0.35C cf. 0.57 for 1998. Thanks for the comments, Ray.
Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) xxxxx
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) xxxx
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Here's the article about the arguable research he has done...
Top independent, peer-reviewed research indicating that climate change is real, deadly, and caused by humans Posted by Cory Doctorow, February 4, 2009 12:44 AM | permalink
From Nature's excellent Climate Change section, excellent summation of the year's research into anthropogenic climate change -- that is, the hard scientific evidence from unbiased, independent scientists indicating that climate change is real, caused by humans, and dangerous to the planet.
"4. The hockey stick holds up
A follow-up to the infamous 1998 'hockey stick' curve confirmed that the past two decades are the warmest in recent history. Climatologist Michael Mann's contentious graph has become a symbol of the fierce debates on evidence for global warming, to the extent that an independent investigation into the study was performed at the request of US Congressman Joe Barton. The 2006 report that resulted from the Barton enquiry criticized Mann and colleagues for their reliance on tree-ring data from bristlecone pines as a proxy to reconstruct Northern Hemisphere temperatures over the past 1,000 years. Although their earlier work had been largely vindicated, in September the same team revised their global surface temperature estimates for the past 2,000 years, using a greatly expanded set of proxies, including marine sediments, ice cores, coral and historical documents (Proc. Natl Acad. Sci. USA 105, 1325213257; 2008). The team reconstructed global temperatures with and without inclusion of the tree-ring records: without their inclusion, the data showed that recent warming is greater than at any point in at least the past 1,300 years; inclusion of tree-ring data extended this period to at least 1,700 years. According to the Christian Science Monitor: "It still looks a lot like the much-battered, but still rink-ready stick of 1998. Today the handle reaches further back and it's a bit more gnarly. But the blade at the business end tells the same story."
Here are more of the reported emails.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change was one of the winners of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, and a professor at The University of Arizona was one of only 33 lead authors on an IPCC assessment report released earlier this year.
Jonathan Overpeck, director of the UA’s Institute for the Study of Planet Earth and professor of geosciences and atmospheric sciences, was a coordinating lead author, Chapter 6 (Paleoclimate), for the IPCCs fourth assessment report.
“This is pretty awesome, says Overpeck. “So much work went into this on the part of so many scientists. The recognition is a reflection of the impact that climate science is having. It’s also a reflection that society is moving from questioning climate change to realizing that it’s happening and discuss what to do about it.”
The fourth assessment report, which focused on the science of climate change, presented expert consensus on greenhouse gas levels, global land and ocean temperatures, sea level rising, changes in sea ice and predictions of future change.
“Jonathan Overpeck is that rare individual that is a superb scientist who is also capable of fully organizing the points of view of many to come up with a cohesive and inclusive document,” said Joaquin Ruiz, dean of the UA College of Science.
Overpeck believes that it is appropriate to recognize climate change as a peace issue. “Climate change is the biggest environmental challenge that humankind has had to deal with on an international scale. Climate change will force humans to cope with water shortages, a difficult and changing food supply, rising sea level and the resulting human migrations and environmental refugees. We have a chance here to anticipate these possible impacts and to reduce them, thereby reducing the likelihood of human suffering and conflict.”
Overpeck also was pleased that the IPCC will share the award with Al Gore. “It’s an honor for the scientific community to share this with him, says Overpeck. “Vice President Gore, like no other politician, has really taken the time to understand the science and to communicate it. Many in the scientific community feel that the work that Al Gore is doing is very valuable because he’s getting the science out to the public in a way most scientists could only dream of.”
A faculty member at the UA since 1999, Overpeck received his undergraduate degree in geology from Hamilton College, and his advanced degrees from Brown University. After graduation, he spent five years as a research scientist at Columbia University before moving on to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to work on its paleoclimatology program.
The IPCC, a group representing over 180 governments, operates under the auspices of the U.N. Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization. It commissions assessments of global climate change by hundreds of scientists who are experts in the field.
I hope Al is sitting down when he sees this. His head might just finally explode.
“The science is undeniable, there should be no debate...” ROFL
Can you change the title to “More Information on the Hadley CRU Hacking Story.”
I found enough to be sure of what I’m talking about. These really *are* the big boys.
This story is exploding all over the skeptical blogs. The data dump also includes data files and code. The real treasure trove will be in looking at this data and code, which Phil Jones and others have kept secret from potential skeptics. Most skeptics will not be surprised by the email content, though it is always good to have your paranoia legitimated.
Malcolm Hughs -
Did a LOT of the most influential work on tree-ring data...
“Global Warming is Accelerating Growth of Ancient High-altitude Trees
Ancient pines close to treeline have wider annual growth rings for the period from 1951 to 2000 than for the previous 3,700 years, reports a University of Arizona-led research team. Regional temperatures have increased, particularly at high elevations, during the same 50-year time period. Increasing temperatures at high altitudes are fueling the post-1950 growth spurt has been observed in Rocky Mountain bristlecone pines, including ones in Arizona’s San Francisco Peaks.
Bristlecone pines live for thousands of years on dry, windswept, high-elevation mountain slopes in the western U.S. The scientists collected and analyzed tree rings from Great Basin bristlecone pines located in three mountain ranges in eastern California and Nevada that are separated by hundreds of miles.
The team analyzed the average and median width of tree rings for 50-year blocks of time, starting with the latter half of the 20th century, the years 1951 to 2000, and going backward in time to 2650 B.C. The analysis spans more than 4,600 years.
“We’re showing this increased growth rate at treeline in a number of locations,” said Matthew W. Salzer, a research associate at UA’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. “It’s unique in several millennia, and it’s related specifically to treeline.”
Only trees growing within about 500 feet (150 meters) of treeline showed the surge in growth. In general, those trees were at or above about 11,000 feet (3,300 meters) in elevation.
“You can come downslope less than 200 vertical meters and sample the same species of tree, and it won’t show the same wide band of growth,” Salzer said.
Growth at the pines’ upper elevational range is limited by cold temperatures. At the lower elevations, growth of the trees is limited by moisture more than temperature, Salzer said.
Co-author Malcolm K. Hughes said, “Something very unusual is happening at high elevations, and this is one more piece of evidence for that.” One other example, he said, was the accelerated melting of small glaciers at high altitudes.
“There is increasingly rapid warming in western North America,” said Hughes, a UA Regents’ Professor of dendrochronology. “The higher you go, the faster it’s warming. We think our finding may be part of that whole phenomenon.”
Individual Great Basin bristlecone pines, Pinus longaeva, are the longest-living organisms known. The trees live at an elevation range of approximately 8,200 to 11,400 feet (about 2,500 to 3,500 meters). The oldest living bristlecone, almost 5,000 years old, is in California’s White Mountains.
The trees’ longevity coupled with the excellent preservation of trunks from even older dead trees has allowed some scientists to reconstruct regional climate 8,000 years into the past using tree-ring records from bristlecone pines.
The recent rapid growth of three species of pines at elevations close to treeline had been noticed more than 25 years ago by previous researchers from UA’s Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research. The sudden growth surge was puzzling in trees hundreds to thousands of years old, well past their adolescence.
Phil Jones -
Philip D. Jones (born 1952) is a climatologist at the University of East Anglia, notable for maintaining of the time series of the instrumental temperature record ; this work figured prominently in the IPCC TAR SPM . He is director of the Climatic Research Unit and a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. He holds a BA in Environmental Sciences from the University of Lancaster, and an MSc and PhD from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. His PhD was titled “A spatially distributed catchment model for flood forecasting and river regulation with particular reference to the River Tyne”. His research interests are instrumental climate change, palaeoclimatology, detection of climate change and the extension of riverflow records in the UK. He was a contributing author to the IPCC TAR chapter 12 Detection of Climate Change and Attribution of Causes. Together with Michael E. Mann he has published on the temperature record of the past 1000 years.
More on Phil...
(snip) The warning, from Professor Phil Jones, director of the Climatic Research Unit at the University of East Anglia, was one of four sobering predictions from senior scientists and forecasters that 2007 will be a crucial year for determining the response to global warming and its effect on humanity.
Professor Jones said the long-term trend of global warming - already blamed for bringing drought to the Horn of Africa and melting the Arctic ice shelf - is set to be exacerbated by the arrival of El Niño, the phenomenon caused by above-average sea temperatures in the Pacific.
Combined, they are set to bring extreme conditions across the globe and make 2007 warmer than 1998, the hottest year on record. It is likely temperatures will also exceed 2006, which was declared in December the hottest in Britain since 1659 and the sixth warmest in global records.
Professor Jones said: “El Niño makes the world warmer and we already have a warming trend that is increasing global temperatures by one to two tenths of a degrees celsius per decade. Together, they should make 2007 warmer than last year and it may even make the next 12 months the warmest year on record.”(end snip)
He was also an IPCC contributer and worked with Mann and Hughes.
Raymond S. "Ray" Bradley is a climatologist and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Geosciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is also research director of the Climate System Research Center. Bradley's work indicates that the warming of Earth's climate system in the twentieth century is inexplicable via natural mechanisms.
Bradley was a contributing author to the IPCC TAR. Bradley worked on reconstructing the temperature record of the past 1000 years with MICHAEL E MANN AND MALCOLM K. HUGHS, an eminent dendrologist. This work (for which is he is publicly best known, although scientifically his contributions to assembling surface temperature records are only rivaled by Phil Jones) figured prominently in the IPCC TAR SPM. In 2005, the Chair of the US House of Representatives Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas) demanded that Bradley provide a detailed accounting of the data and funding of his research on climate change. Barton specifically asked for responses to various allegations made by Stephen McIntyre and Ross McKitrick about the Mann, Bradley and Hughes papers. In Bradley's response, he finds the assertions of McIntyre and McKitrick to be without worth, and recommends a commentary by Gavin Schmidt on the RealClimate website as providing a very good guide to the issues.
I think I'll try again in the morning.
Sorry, it’s not one article. I pinged people who were already aware that the Hadley CRU had been hacked. This hack revealed damning information contained in emails that some of the most important global warming science had been tainted.
I posted information on the emailers. These men are the world’s leading global warming “experts”. The IPCC report Al Gore leans on so heavily is crawling with the work of the men discussing falsifying their studies to “prove” that global warming is real. Some of these men had testified for congress.
Make sense now? (I’m trying to get my keyboard on the torrent file of the actual emails. Supposedly, it contains the actual numbers that were faked. It’s slow going because I suck at these things. I should wake up my teenage daughter! lol!)
What is the state of play, is this still confined only to the blogosphere?
Basically this file dump is correspondence between the heavy hitter on global warming. They actually mention some of their cherry picking of data in some messages.
You can download all the CRU data emails etc here:
These people seem to be pretty shocked;
Where Climate Talk Gets Hot!
And, the center of the earth is millions degrees hot! Really Really Hot!
Is it safe?
FOIA data mirror said
November 20, 2009 at 12:59 am
File description: climate audit whistleblower FOIA wuwt FOI2009.zip
File size: 61.93 MB
But is it safe?
I usually don’t worry but I’m tired and I’m not going to click.
From your blackboard citation. Pretty damning if not a hoax.