Monday, January 18, 2010

US Climate centers now caught manipulating data

John Coleman at KUSI weather reports:

... It has been revealed that a "sleight of hand" was used in the computer program that rated 2005 as "THE WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD.” Skeptical climate researchers have discovered extensive manipulation of the data within the U.S. Government's two primary climate centers: the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) in Asheville, North Carolina and the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) at Columbia University in New York City. These centers are being accused of creating a strong bias toward warmer temperatures through a system that dramatically trimmed the number and cherry-picked the locations of weather observation stations ...

The report aired Jan 14th as part (see Part 6) of the TV program "Global Warming" The Other Side".

[via FOS]


Powell lucas said...

The list of falsified data, cherry-picked readings, and outright fraudulent numbers goes on and on. I've never been a believer in conspiracy theories, I generally just write them off as mass hysteria or stupidity, but this one has me wondering. That so many so-called climate scientists could all be coming up with the same concocted data seems more than a little odd. I can see a few people manipulating information to line their own pockets, but the fact that so many, in such scattered locations can all be reaching the same false conclusions seems beyond the realm of mere chance.

meddy said...

(( The data manipulation studies are explored in detail during the fourth segment of the one hour video ))

Must be fast talkers.

JR said...

Meddy, Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve updated the post accordingly.

Powell, I don’t know if there’s a “conspiracy” here either. It all could be a severe case of group-think being steered by a relatively small number of people in highly influential positions (IPCC executive, for example, as well as the environmental movement who see AGW, true or false, as a means to their desired green ends ). Would that be a conspiracy? Whatever. The group-think has extended to the public and the political class being what it is has seen which way the wind is blowing and signed on as well. However, as you say, there does seem to be more and more evidence of deliberate manipulation surfacing.

As for conspiracies in general - it seems that labeling something a “conspiracy theory” has become a popular tactic for attempting to discredit opponents’ reasoning, regardless of the fact that real conspiracies do happen. All conspiracy “theories” are not equal. Some are nutty (9/11 was an inside job) and others highly credible (9/11 was orchestrated by al Qaeda).