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Correction to temperature measurements

  1. Sep 29, 2005 #1
    One problem in past climate models has been that the troposphere did not appear to be warming as much as expected. A new report in Science indicates that a correction factor should have been applied and was not. When the correction factor is applied, warming in the troposphere is observed. I am not handy enough with the jargon to tell you what the correction factor is, or why it needs to be applied, but I thought the article was worth mentioning anyway.

    Here's the reference and abstract. I won't really be able to invest much beyond the abstract and reference, i.e. no time for in depth discussion. :

    I think this can be paraphrased to say that past reports showing no lower tropospheric warming were due to a math error.
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  3. Sep 29, 2005 #2
    I see this is in discussion further down the page.

    I do not wish to become embroiled in that discussion, but I would say that trend shown in this paper is of note. In particular, figure one appears compelling.

    Is this paper "better" than the Christy paper? I'm not in the field, and thus can't comment in any real capacity. Generally Science papers are subjected to more rigorous review than many other journals, (Christy's relevant papers for this discussion appear in J. Atmos. Ocean. Tech. and J. Clim.) and generally, recent papers are more reliable than older papers, as it is the older papers that prompt their work in the first place. These generalities don't always hold, particularly if one or the other group has a bias, which is frowned upon in science and hopefully caught during the review process.
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