Journal editor resigns over ‘flawed’ paper co-authored by climate sceptic


Prof Wolfgang Wagner says research was not properly peer-reviewed and wrongly accepted by Remote Sensing

A satellite image of clouds over Earth. The paper purported to show how the Earth’s atmosphere is more efficient at releasing energy into space than is programmed into the computer models used to forecast climate change.

A satellite image of clouds over Earth. The paper purported to show how the Earth’s atmosphere is more efficient at releasing energy into space than is programmed into the computer models used to forecast climate change. Photograph: Ho/Reuters

The editor-in-chief of a climate science journal has resigned in response to an academic controversy triggered by his publication of a paper co-authored by a leading climate sceptic.

Prof Wolfgang Wagner wrote in an editorial published on Friday in Remote Sensing that he felt obliged to resign because it was now apparent to him that a paper entitled On the misdiagnosis of surface temperature feedbacks from variations in Earth’s radiant energy balance by Roy Spencer and Danny Braswell, was “fundamentally flawed and therefore wrongly accepted by the journal”. Spencer has frequently appeared in the rightwing media in the US criticising “climate alarmism” and is the author of a book called The Great Global Warming Blunder.

Wagner, who is the head of the Institute of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing at the Vienna University of Technology, added he “would also like to personally protest against how the authors and like-minded climate sceptics have much exaggerated the paper’s conclusions in public statements”.

More (Click here), guardian.co.uk, Friday 2 September 2011 18.50 BST

Andrew Dessler’s New Paper Debunks Both Roy Spencer And Richard Lindzen

Posted on 6 September 2011 by Rob Painting & dana1981

Andrew Dessler, a climate scientist at Texas A&M University, has released a scientific paper (Dessler 2011) that looks at the the claims made by two of a small group of “skeptic” climate scientists who regular SkS readers will be familiar with: Roy Spencer and Richard Lindzen.  Both were co-authors on peer-reviewed papers released this year (Spencer & Braswell [2011] & Lindzen & Choi [2011]) which, once again, sought to overturn the orthodox view of climate.  Dessler (2011) finds that the conclusions of these two papers are unsupported by observational data.

More (Click here)

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