SEARCH BLOG: GIGO
There is a small, grass-roots effort underway as discussed at Climate Science.
As I've read more about the way data has been gathered and used by those who are making wild claims about rapid global warming, it is becoming evident that a great deal of data in support of those claims is more than just suspect; it is unreliable for two reasons:
- Proxy data (information that implies approximate temperatures such as tree ring growth) is tacked on to instrument readings for multi-century trend construction. This proxy data is subject to considerable interpretation and cannot be simply "best-guess" adjusted and combined with actual readings.
- Actual readings are being distorted by the urban heat island effect (discussed last week) and poor quality control of the weather stations leading to false high readings (as discussed at Climate Science).
If a particle physicist were to take the approach that the IPCC has with the data and information manipulation, he would be laughed out of the scientific community. The IPCC reports would be laughable... if they were not so politically dangerous.