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Michael Mann to be investigated over CRU emails

It appears that Michael Mann, the Associate Professor of Meteorology from Penn State, will be investigated regarding concerns that were brought up after the release of the East Anglia CRU emails and documents.

When I first saw the release for this investigation, it seemed a bit suspicious. It did not contain any formatting, contact information, or logos.  However, I have confirmed that, as of this writing, the link to the announcement is live on the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences website (see Climate Change issue in the right column).

I am a bit skeptical that this investigation will be fair and complete but at least it is a first step to getting to the bottom of the issue.

University Reviewing Recent Reports on Climate Information

        Professor Michael Mann is a highly regarded member of the Penn State faculty conducting research on climate change. Professor Manns research papers have been published in well respected peer-reviewed scientific journals. In November 2005, Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R-NY) requested that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) convene a panel of independent experts to investigate Professor Manns seminal 1999 reconstruction of the global surface temperature over the past 1,000 years. The resulting 2006 report of the NAS panel (http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11676) concluded that Manns results were sound and has been subsequently supported by an array of evidence that includes additional large-scale surface temperature reconstructions.

        In recent days a lengthy file of emails has been made public. Some of the questions raised through those emails may have been addressed already by the NAS investigation but others may not have been considered. The University is looking into this matter further, following a well defined policy used in such cases. No public discussion of the matter will occur while the University is reviewing the concerns that have been raised.

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One Response to “Michael Mann to be investigated over CRU emails”

  1. I’ve always thought it was ridiculous to consider temperature readings as proof or denial of climate change. Like Dennis Miller jokes about in his stand-up routine, do we really trust the temperature readings from 100 years ago? Nowadays it’s mostly digital thermometers with automatic reporting, but back then some guy gets out of his tent, poops in the woods, then checks his non-certified mercury thermometer. “Looks to be about 10 above today.” Because the temp change over the past century falls within the margin of error of manual temperature reading, it’s not a reliable indicator of anything.

    For evidence of climate change, one has to look at the EFFECTS of change, such as sea ice, glaciers, tree rings, species range, bloom & seed timing, etc. Here the evidence is clear, the climate is changing. But of course it is… any student of history knows that climate is always changing on Earth. Our last ice age peaked just 18,000 years ago, and we had a significantly cooler period in the 1800s. The Earth’s climate is a complex, ever-changing highly-dynamic system.

    So the crux of this issue appears to be whether humans have any positive/negative role in this change, and what can/should we do about it, if anything.