Wednesday, 1 April 2015

BoM short on experts

Graham Lloydeveryone's favourite "Environment Editor"is at it again. He spends half his column entitled Review of weather bureau’s temperature data ‘short on experts’ quoting Dr John Nicol, retired Physicist, who is listed in several of his publications as John Nicol, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Physics, James Cook University (JCU). But Nicol is not listed at JCU. However, he is a signatory to the submission from the Lavoisier Group to the Garnaut Climate Change Review, along with other prominent denialists, such as Richard S. Lindzen. And he's also a member of the Australian Climate Science Coalition, which is a climate change skeptics website created by the the Australian Environment Foundation, a spin-off group created by the the corporate funded think tank, the Institute of Public Affairs.

The technical panel reviewing the BoM's national temperature records consists, as it should, of recognised experts in mathematics and statistics. Statistical and mathematical analysis of temperature records is not, primarily, a job for physicists. While it is true that Nicol wrote a letter to minister complaining about the review panel, perhaps Lloyd could have asked some other physicists—rather than a denialist—for their views?

Climate sceptics see a conspiracy in Australia's record breaking heat by Graham Readfearn in The Guardian reports on many of these issues and includes a clear argument about why temperature normalisation is required. Amusingly, Readfearn writes:
Also included in the BoM’s statement comes the following graph that overlays 18 different sets of temperature data for Australia—including (in yellow) another BoM dataset which is not homogenised. The graph also includes temperature measurements by satellite. Now either the satellites are also in on the warming conspiracy, or there’s something else going on. I wonder what that might be?

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