Monthly Archives: August 2011

Water: too little, too much: Part II

by Judith Curry

I’m in Boulder, attending the NOAA Water Cycle Science Challenge Workshop.  The Workshop now has a website, which includes the plenary presentations.

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Consumer options for choosing renewable energy

by Allen Green

What options do consumers have for choosing renewable energy?

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ACS Webinar on Climate Change: Part II

by Judith Curry

A very interesting session yesterday, I now have links to  the ppt presentations.

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Cosmic ray discussion thread

by Judith Curry

The publication last week of results from the CERN CLOUD experiment on cosmic rays is generating significant buzz, with substantial debate on the implication of these results for climate change,

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Water: too little, too much

by Judith Curry

Next week, I will be in Boulder attending a workshop on the topic of understanding and predicting conditions associated with either too much or too little water.

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Hurricane Irene: psychology of risk perception

by Judith Curry

As Major Hurricane Irene prepares to sideswipe the entire east coast of the U.S. north of North Carolina, what makes people discount or respond to to information on an impending disaster?

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ACS Webinar on Climate Change

by Judith Curry

The forthcoming annual meeting of the American Chemical Society is hosting two sessions on Climate Change, one of which is available for public participation by registering to participate in a webinar.

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CO2 residence time discussion thread

by Judith Curry

There was some discussion of this topic in the context Murry Salby’s talk, but it has been suggested that this topic deserves its own thread.

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Climate boomerangs

by Judith Curry

A boomerang effect occurs when a message is strategically constructed with a specific intent but produces a result that is the opposite of that intent.

Both sides of the political debate surrounding climate change in the U.S. seem to be feeling the boomerang effect.

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Can we make good decisions under ignorance?

by Judith Curry

Does decision making require high levels of confidence? Can there be such a thing as making good decisions under deep uncertainty and even ignorance?   What decision making criteria or guidelines make sense under these circumstances? How does overconfidence hamper the decision making process?

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A modest proposal for reforestation

by Judith Curry

Douglas Sheil from Uganda sent me an interesting article with the provocative title “A modest proposal for wealthy countries to reforest their land for the common good.”  Following in Swift’s footsteps, the paper uses satire to highlight some inconsistencies regarding international agreements on land cover and ecosystem conservation.

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Week in review 8/19/11

by Judith Curry

The Denizens have had an exhausting week battling the skydragons, with over 2,500 comments and still counting.  As a respite, here is some comic relief.

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Planetary Energy Balance

by Judith Curry

By Judith Curry

Here is another attempt at trying to untangle the Skydragons’ misunderstanding about the greenhouse effect and the planetary energy balance.

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Should we assess climate model predictions in light of severe tests?

by Judith Curry

This question is posed and addressed in a recent article by Joel Katzav in EOS.

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reanalyses.org

by Judith Curry

How do you estimate the state of the global atmosphere and ocean when observational data sets are incomplete, imperfect and noisy?

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Postma on the greenhouse effect

by Judith Curry

With over 1000 comments on Saturday’s greenhouse thread, here is a new thread devoted to technical discussions of Joseph Postma’s paper on the greenhouse effect and Chris Colose’s rebuttal at Skeptical Science.

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Climate sensitivity to ocean heat transport

by Judith Curry

A paper in press in the Journal of Climate  provides some insight into the interaction of cloud feedback with ocean heat transport.

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On e-salons and blogospheric argumentation

by Judith Curry

On a previous thread, I made the following statement:

I am striving for something different, sort of an e-salon where we discuss interesting topics at the knowledge frontier.

Lets take a closer look at how this might work.

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Slaying the Greenhouse Dragon. Part IV

by Vaughan Pratt

While I seriously doubt whether climate skeptics will thank me for pointing it out, I don’t believe their arguments impress the swing voters in the climate debate as convincingly as they might.  With this in mind I’d like to propose a strengthening of the skeptic argument that downward longwave radiation or DLR, popularly called back radiation, cannot be held responsible for warming the surface of the Earth.

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Meta-expertise

by Judith Curry

How can we cope with becoming more hyper-specialized and fragmented in our personal knowledge bases while at the same time being exposed to too much relevant formation on the internet for any of us to learn and process?

Michael Smithson provides a modest proposal for addressing this challenge: We should all become expert about experts and expertise. That is, we should develop meta-expertise.

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Two (+1) new uncertainty papers

by Judith Curry

My paper “Reasoning about climate uncertainty” has now been published online at Climatic Change; it looks like mine is the first to make it online of the papers in the special issue entitled Framing and Communicating Uncertainty and Confidence Judgments by the IPCC.

Also of relevance, there is a new working paper from the LSE Grantham Research Institute entitled “Scientific uncertainty: a user’s guide” (h/t Bishop Hill).

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Representative Concentration Pathways

by Judith Curry

“Representative concentration pathways” is the new phrase for what the IPCC used to refer to as “emissions scenarios.”  Lets take a look at the new RCP’s being used for the AR5.

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Greenhouse dragon technical discussion thread

by Judith Curry

Six months after the thread Slaying a Greenhouse Dragon, discussion still continues with well over 2000 comments.

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Critique of the IPCC Report on Renewable Energy

by Judith Curry

Over at BraveNewClimate, Ted Trainer provides the most detailed critique I’ve seen of the recent IPCC Report on Renewable Energy.

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Bardian insights

by Judith Curry

Shakespeare’s writings are infused with with weather references, and even some that are arguably relevant to climate change.  The insights, however, come from the academic debate surrounding the actual authorship of the Shakespearean opus.

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