AGW Data Sets Mysteriously Disappear

AGW Data Sets Mysteriously Disappear

PostBy: Richard S. On: Thu. Oct. 01, 2009 11:02 am

Two disturbing assertions in this article:

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Interpreting climate data can be hard enough. What if some key data have been fiddled?

By Patrick J. Michaels

...Now begins the fun. Warwick Hughes, an Australian scientist, wondered where that “+/–” came from, so he politely wrote Phil Jones in early 2005, asking for the original data. Jones’s response to a fellow scientist attempting to replicate his work was, “We have 25 years or so invested in the work. Why should I make the data available to you, when your aim is to try and find something wrong with it?”

Reread that statement, for it is breathtaking in its anti-scientific thrust. In fact, the entire purpose of replication is to “try and find something wrong.” The ultimate objective of science is to do things so well that, indeed, nothing is wrong....

Roger Pielke Jr., an esteemed professor of environmental studies at the University of Colorado, then requested the raw data from Jones. Jones responded:

Since the 1980s, we have merged the data we have received into existing series or begun new ones, so it is impossible to say if all stations within a particular country or if all of an individual record should be freely available. Data storage availability in the 1980s meant that we were not able to keep the multiple sources for some sites, only the station series after adjustment for homogeneity issues. We, therefore, do not hold the original raw data but only the value-added (i.e., quality controlled and homogenized) data.

The statement about “data storage” is balderdash. They got the records from somewhere. The files went onto a computer. All of the original data could easily fit on the 9-inch tape drives common in the mid-1980s. I had all of the world’s surface barometric pressure data on one such tape in 1979.

The data sets in question form the basis for the conclusions of AGW such as the studies by the IPCC, in other words amy study on AGW that has used this data now comes into question because there is nothing to back it up.
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Re: AGW Data Sets Mysteriously Disappear

PostBy: 009to090 On: Thu. Oct. 01, 2009 11:11 am

At one time, theres no doubt all the data was once stored on 3420 tapedrive reels. But while I was in the Air Force in the early '80s, 3420 tapes were scarce, and once the data you wanted from them was read and summerized, we would simply write over the tape with another batch of data.
NASA recently confessed to a similar problem, where the tapes that stored the original moon walks could not be found, because they reused the tapes for other events.
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