Sunday, February 21, 2010

"Rising sea level" paper retracted from Nature Geoscience

In a development rivaling the significance of ClimateGate, a paper titled "Constraints on future sea-level rise from past sea-level change" has been retracted by the journal Nature Geoscience.

The authors noted:

"Since publication of our paper we have become aware of two mistakes which impact the detailed estimation of future sea level rise. This means that we can no longer draw firm conclusions regarding 21st century sea level rise from this study without further work.

"One mistake was a miscalculation; the other was not to allow fully for temperature change over the past 2,000 years. Because of these issues we have retracted the paper and will now invest in the further work needed to correct these mistakes."

Recall the CSMonitor story Faced with rising sea levels, the Maldives seek new homeland

ClimateVoice wrote: A representation of the Maldives sea level rives will be created in the UN Conference Centre in Copenhagen as a powerful reminder of the human cost of failure in Copenhagen. The installation – a Malidives man in a huge plastic tube that will be filled with water up to his shoulders – will be situated in the Bella Centre as the final round of negotiations on a global deal begins.

See also

Global warming academics as playground bullys?

Katie Couric does "Hide the Decline" on February 4

**On the overall impact of ClimateGate, from Clive Cookson:

Public trust in science as a whole has suffered from recent attacks on climate research, the head of the senior US scientific body admitted at the weekend.

“There is evidence that the corrosion in the public attitude to climate science has spread over to other areas of science,” said Ralph Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences, citing public opinion surveys in the US and elsewhere.

Speaking at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in San Diego, Prof Cicerone and other research leaders said scientists must work to regain public trust by being more open about their findings. “We need to be more transparent and provide more access to our research data,” he said.

In the “climategate” scandal at University of East Anglia in the UK, emails showed researchers at the Climatic Research Unit refusing to release data to sceptics who were critical of their conclusions.

But access requests need to be reasonable, Prof Cicerone said: “Some scientists are receiving requests bordering on harassment.”

Jerry North, a senior climate change scientist at Texas A&M University, agreed. “It seems that vilifying a scientist has become popular entertainment in the US,” he said.

***On the retraction:

Retraction: Constraints on future sea-level rise from past sea-level change
Mark Siddall, Thomas F. Stocker & Peter U. Clark

Nature Geoscience 2, 571–575 (2009); published online: 26 July 2009; retracted online: 21 February 2010.

Sea-level-gate ?


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