Wednesday, January 20, 2010

RealClimate: The IPCC is not infallible (shock!)

January 19th, 2010
Like all human endeavours, the IPCC is not perfect. Despite the enormous efforts devoted to producing its reports with the multiple levels of peer review, some errors will sneak through. Most of these will be minor and inconsequential, but sometimes they might be more substantive. As many people are aware (and as John Nieslen-Gammon outlined in a post last month and Rick Piltz goes over today), there is a statement in the second volume of the IPCC (WG2), concerning the rate at which Himalayan glaciers are receding that is not correct and not properly referenced.
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  1. I tried to put the following post up at RC in this thread. It is now more than 24 hours since I posted, and it remains visible to me as awaiting moderation. I am assuming that it has been rejected, but that may not be the case. If it is posted, I will let you know.

    "Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    9 February 2010 at 2:07 AM

    Gavin, in post #1471 you make a comment as follows: [I should have said responded to the following comment]

    'Despite the statements above, I am also concerned about the CRU emails which at the very least suggest that there is a small number of people in a position to attempt to control what gets published in the science journals. Arguing a case is one thing, attempting to suppress other points of view is another – and simply not the right way to behave.

    [Response: Sorry - but this is exactly what peer-review means. - gavin]'

    I can’t believe that you are serious. Perhaps in your world. And if so, that attitude explains a lot.

    Surely peer review is really all about ensuring that papers proposed for publication are sound, address all relevant prior art, and meet the archiving policies of the journal concerned. To say that peer review is about “attempting to suppress other points of view” is clearly not supportable.

    Perhaps I have misunderstood. If so, please explain."

    This was posted as 'mondo'. Dunno how to enter my nic and e:mail on your site, so have used anonymous.

  2. Looks like they finally got around to publishing your comment.

    Whether Gavin's defense is consistent with the facts concerning the emails is certainly up for debate, but that's great; open discussion is what these forums should be for.

    It's been an intriguing last few months concerning moderation on RC; as RC Rejects noted recently, there seems to have been a fairly dramatic change in what they're allowing through, at least for the moment. We here strongly hope it continues.

  3. PS - "Name/URL" under "Comment as:" is probably the identifier option you're looking for.

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