When I attended the conference back in May, I met several members of The Right Climate Stuff. In the course of the conference there was a fair amount of discussion and I gave them several copies of my book so they could take a look at what I have put together. To me it was interesting because they were asking the same type of questions that I had been asking myself several years ago when I started to get involved in the science of the Earth’s climate.
It seems that several members of the team have now read the book and learned a great deal from it. I have been invited to be an active participant of their group and it looks like this will be keeping me busy. I will be giving them top priority of my climate time (since I still have a family and a job that actually pay for this).
So my plan is to post snippets of the the work I am doing with the team. These will be shorter pieces that will simply point out a topic, the source and the data and maybe a little commentary, but this is how I am going to deal with my schedule for the time being. There may be some big announcements coming up in the near future as a result of our collaboration.
Needless to say I am very excited to work with this group of retired NASA astronauts, engineers and scientists. They are all very capable and the questions they ask are good and to the point. I expect a great deal of progress will happen as a result of us working together.
There have also been several other things going on in the climate world of late. One in particular that I find interesting is the work by Anthony Watts and his pending paper on the surface temperature of the United States. Having looked at the data for hundreds of individual stations it has been clear to me for a very long time that cities have different behavior than natural locations. So while it is clear that such a bias exists, proving it scientifically is a totally different beast. Anthony has succeeded in doing just that.
Here is the picture that tells a thousand words.
To me the difference between the surface data and the satellite data has always been concerning, but now it appears as if the compliant stations match up with the satellite data.
UAH Global Trend: 0.014 °C/yr
Compliant Station Trend: 0.015 °C/yr
This is certainly food for thought. I have never been one to consider century scale temperature changes to be unnatural since all of the reconstructions point to constant variation in the Earth’s temperature. So a higher or lower trend doesn’t mean much by itself, but showing that both methods of measuring temperature give the same result is important for the question of how to measure the Earth’s temperature.
This is a step in the right direction.