Is the government tinkering with global warming data? – Judith Curry

Posted: November 6, 2015 by tallbloke in solar system dynamics

Judy Curry has concerns about political agendas interfering with scientific objectivity.


By Paul Homewood


Judith Curry has this guest post on Fox News:

The hottest topic in climate research is the observation that global average surface temperature, as well as satellite observations of temperatures in the atmosphere, has shown little or no warming during the 21st century.

Now the political climate is heating up over the same issue. Heated words began circulating last summer, when a team of government scientists from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), led by Thomas Karl, published a paper in Science titled “Possible Artifacts Of Data Biases In The Recent Global Surface Warming Hiatus.”

The press release from NOAA included this statement from Karl, who is head of the National Centers for Environmental Information: “Adding in the last two years of global surface temperature data and other improvements in the quality of the observed record provide evidence that contradict the notion of a hiatus…

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  1. Fanakapan says:

    Is the Pope a Catholic.

    Although, and to be fair, its probably those in well paid positions that would evaporate should Warming ever become a non issue that have the most to gain from tinkering.

    Governments tend to be hapless, and accept the figures they’re given, especially if they emanate from sources who’s ruination would also cast doubt upon their own security.

  2. oldbrew says:

    ‘Some said that adjusting reliable ocean surface buoy data upwards to match much less reliable data from engine intake channels in ships causes an artificial upward trend in the readings.’

    Which was the whole idea of course.

  3. Hans Jelbring says:

    Yes. At a first stage compare with what Professor Humlum has to say at his site:
    You can follow his monthly update since several years and his data is based on all prominent sources and he even tells when these are not reliable and when they have been changed which happens occationally.
    The concept of “Global Change” is a very inappropriate concept since climate can only be experienced regionally. As a starter study how climate has varied in at least 3 different zones on earth and then move on to smaller areas. As an example: The observed temperature increase in NH is matched with a temperature decrease in temperature in SH. How can that be possible if the global warming hypothesis is correct? CO2 is increasing in both hemispheres at the same time.

  4. oldbrew says:

    Is the government tinkering with global warming data? Somebody is determined to find out.

    Climate Scientists May Have Committed ‘Criminal Offence’, US Congressman Warns

    “Your failure to comply with a duly issued subpoena may expose you to civil and/or criminal enforcement mechanisms,” the congressman wrote.