Monthly Archives: November 2011

Shifts, phase-locked state and chaos in climate data

by David Douglass

Recent studies of observational climate data have shown that Earth’s climate system:  has many abrupt climate shifts; is phase locked to an annual cycle of Solar origin; and is chaotic. These phenomena are related and are summarized below.

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Discussion thread: Durban, emails

by Judith Curry

Its a busy week in the climate blogosphere, reacting to the emails and also the UNFCCC Conference in Durban.

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WHT on Schmittner et al. on climate sensitivity

by WebHubTelescope
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Schmittner et al have written a paper titled “Climate Sensitivity Estimated from Temperature Reconstructions of the Last Glacial Maximum” (Science Nov 24. 2011).

McKitrick on the IPCC

by Judith Curry

Ross McKitrick writes:

I am pleased to announce the publication of a report I have written that provides systematic detail on the procedures of the IPCC and makes the case for reforming them. My study, called What is Wrong With the IPCC? A Proposal for Radical Reform, was published by the Global Warming Policy Foundation in the U.K., and includes a foreword by the Hon. John Howard, former prime minister of Australia.

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Emails

by Judith Curry

Two years ago on Thanksgiving, I was working on my Climategate essay An open letter to graduate students and young scientists in fields related to climate research.  It was a topic of family discussion, and my 4 nieces and nephews (high school and college age) were all discussing and commenting on my essay.  I was also involved in extensive e-discussions with Joe Rom and Andy Revkin, who were hosting my letter on their blogs.

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Research ethics training

by Judith Curry

I have been pondering how to best teach research ethics to incoming graduate students and to meet the new NSF guidelines.   While googling around, I found an interesting document from the Department of Meteorology at Penn State.

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Expertise: breadth vs depth

by Judith Curry

Richard Feynman has famously stated: “Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts.

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