Monthly Archives: October 2012

Climate Data Records: Maturity Matrix

by Judith Curry

The demand for climate information, with long observational records spanning decades to centuries and the information’s broad application for decision making across many socioeconomic sectors, requires that geophysicists adopt more rigorous processes for the sustained production of climate data records (CDRs). Such processes, methods, and standards are more typically found in the systems engineering community and have not generally been adopted in the climate sci- ence community. – John Bates and Jeffrey Privette

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Frankenstorm

by Judith Curry

Hurricane Sandy is the largest Atlantic hurricane on record in terms of diameter of the storm.  Sandy was associated with an estimated 13 foot storm surge in areas near New York City.

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Climate change: no consensus on consensus

by Judith Curry

The manufactured consensus of the IPCC has had the unintended consequences of distorting the science, elevating the voices of scientists that dispute the consensus, and motivating actions by the consensus scientists and their supporters that have diminished the public’s trust in the IPCC.

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Week in review 10/27/12

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

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Playing God

by Judith Curry

With efforts to halt climate change on life support, scientists are looking at some radical options to save our planet.  But could the cure be worse than the disease? – Gernot Wagner and Martin Weitzman

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Italian seismologists: guilty(?)

by Judith Curry

Six Italian scientists and an ex-government official have been sentenced to six years in prison over the 2009 deadly earthquake in L’Aquila. – BBC

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The Myth of Affordable Energy – Interview with Ed Dolan

by James Stafford of Oilprice.com

We were fortunate enough to speak with the well known economist Ed Dolan on various energy and economic issues.

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Sunday Mail . . . again

by Judith Curry

The MSM and blogosphere are still roiling over David Rose’s article last Sunday, here is the latest, including a new article by David Rose.

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Coping with deep climate uncertainty

by Judith Curry

So, what do you think climate science and policy would look like if the IPCC worked for the World Bank, instead of the UNFCCC?

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‘Pause’ : Waving the Italian Flag

by Judith Curry

The recent articles in the Daily Mail and the Guardian are generating heated reactions – more heat than light.  Lets break down the arguments on both side and assess them systematically.

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‘Pause’ discussion thread: Part II

by Judith Curry

The Guardian strikes back against David Rose’s Daily Mail article.

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Alternative approach to assessing climate risks

by Judith Curry

At one level, analyzing climate risks is a matter of due diligence, given mounting scientific evidence. However, there is no consensus about the means for doing so nor about whether climate models are even fit for the purpose. An alternative to the scenario- led strategy, such as an approach based on a vulnerability analysis (“stress test”), may identify practical options for resource managers. - Brown and Wilby

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‘Pause’ discussion thread

by Judith Curry

The latest data release from HadCRUT4 is creating quite a stir.

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Week in review 10/13/12

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my eye this past week.

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What exactly is critical thinking?

by Judith Curry

Everyone applauds the idea of critical thinking, and liberal arts colleges often make their ability to teach critical thinking a key selling point. But no one seems to define what they mean by that term. – Paul Gary Wyckoff

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Communicating uncertainties in natural hazards research

by Judith Curry

Tell me what you know.  Tell me what you don’t know.  Then tell me what you think.  Always distinguish which is which. – Colin Powell

Why communicate science?

by Judith Curry

Don’t think you need to teach the public a lot of science facts. Instead, show what science is, what it means, why we need it. Find a way to have a presence. Choose what to comment on, how to be involved, and what actions and issues to engage in. Be a source of wisdom. – Carl Safina

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What’s the best climate question to debate?

by Judith Curry

Andy Revkin poses a good question . . .

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Week in review 10/5/12

by Judith Curry

A few things that caught my attention this past week.

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Rebuilding public trust in science for policy-making: Japan perspective

by Judith Curry

Until recently, there was little recognition within Japan’s science policy circle of the need to discuss the role of science in government policy-making. A rather innocent notion that the established knowledge and wisdom of scientists would ensure proper decision-making was prevalent. - Arimoto and Sato

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RS Workshop on Handling Uncertainty in Weather & Climate Prediction. Part I

by Judith Curry

Later this week, the Royal Society is hosting a Workshop on Handling Uncertainty in Weather and Climate Prediction, With Application to Health, Agronomy, Hydrology, Energy and Economics.

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