Sunday 29 July 2012

Blog review of the Watts et al. (2012) manuscript on surface temperature trends

[UPDATE: Skeptical Science has written an extensive review of the Watts et al. manuscript: "As it currently stands, the issues we discuss below appear to entirely compromise the conclusions of the paper." They mention all the important issues, except maybe for the selection bias mentioned below. Thus my fast preliminary review below can now be considered outdated. Have fun.]

Anthony Watts put his blog on hold for two days because he had to work on an urgent project.
Something’s happened. From now until Sunday July 29th, around Noon PST, WUWT will be suspending publishing. At that time, there will be a major announcement that I’m sure will attract a broad global interest due to its controversial and unprecedented nature.
What has happened? Anthony Watts, President of IntelliWeather has co-written a manuscript and a press release! As Mr. Watts is a fan of review by bloggers, here is my first reaction after looking through the figures and the abstract.

Tuesday 17 July 2012

Investigation of methods for hydroclimatic data homogenization

The self-proclaimed climate sceptics have found an interesting presentation held at the General meeting of the European Geophysical Union.

In the words of Anthony Watts, the "sceptic" with one of the most read blogs, this abstract is a ”new peer reviewed paper recently presented at the European Geosciences Union meeting.” A bit closer to the truth is that this is a conference contribution by Steirou and Koutsoyiannis, based on a graduation thesis (Greek), which was submitted to the EGU session "Climate, Hydrology and Water Infrastructure". An EGU abstract is typically half a page, it is not possible to do a real review of a scientific study based on such a short text. The purpose of an EGU abstract is in practice to decide who gets a talk and who gets a poster, nothing more, everyone is welcome to come to EGU.