“It is important to keep the moral high ground in all this.”
The e-mail is below.
date: Fri Nov 6 15:10:34 2009
from: Phil Jones
subject: Recent climate claims in some media web sites
to: “Watson, Robert (SEG)”
Jacquie and Alastair alerted me that you’d noted the claims on some media
sites over the
past month. They are not just affecting CRU/UEA but the Met Office, Hadley
Centre as well.
There have been two basic issues
1. A tree-ring chronology developed by Russian colleagues at Yamal. Keith
responded to this on the CRU web site.
The skeptics are still going on about this and refuting what he is saying.
Yamal is used
in 3 of the long reconstructions in spaghetti plots and then it is one of 20.
would not change anything.
It is important to keep the moral high ground in all this. Keith will be
peer-review journal paper which he hopes to submit around March/April. It is
science gets published in the normal way – in the literature. Blog sites are
not the way
this should be done. I know things are moving this way, but there needs to be
fixed. Blog sites are moving targets, issues change from day to day. We can’t
On this and the second issue – the chief skeptic (Stephen McIntyre) is
sensible enough to
realize that the global temperature series is robust and the millennial
also, but to a lesser extent. They refuse to develop their own, refuse to
results – because they know that if they did the series would look much the
same. So they
knock away at the edges at issues that are unimportant but give them some
amongst people who are ready to accept conspiracy theories. They are also
trying to waste
our time with their claims, so we’ve chosen to barely respond and only
through our web
2. The second issue is the release of the station temperature data by
ourselves and the
UEA has had about 60 FOI requests about this and the Met Office has had
The Met Office HC are going to send a letter around to all Met Services to
check that we
can release the versions of their data we have. This is the crucial thing –
we’re using the
data we have for France, which isn’t the same as the data the French has for
was a random choice of country.
What is important to global average temperatures is the marine data. I
realize this, but it is much harder for them to do any work in this area.
There was a PQ in the House earlier this week (see below). I was asked to
respond as was
John Mitchell. I said that the Met Office were going to ask all other Met
If you want to talk about any of this – give me a call or email.
The timing of all this relates to me to issues in the US and Copenhagen.
Keith and I have
had some really nasty personal emails, but I think we’ve yet to reach the
number that Mike
Mann or Ben Santer have had.