The United Nations relies on four data sources for it’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. One of them is NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), headed up by Dr. James Hansen who some consider to be the scientific leader of global warming hysteria, and a good buddy of Al Gore.
Other scientists – who have a full time job peer-reviewing GISS data – pointed out that GISS carried over Russian data that was two months old. Gee, ya think it would be warmer in August as compared to October?
A surreal scientific blunder last week raised a huge question mark about the temperature records that underpin the worldwide alarm over global warming. On Monday, Nasa’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), which is run by Al Gore’s chief scientific ally, Dr James Hansen, and is one of four bodies responsible for monitoring global temperatures, announced that last month was the hottest October on record. …
So what explained the anomaly? GISS’s computerised temperature maps seemed to show readings across a large part of Russia had been up to 10 degrees higher than normal. But when expert readers of the two leading warming-sceptic blogs, Watts Up With That and Climate Audit, began detailed analysis of the GISS data they made an astonishing discovery. The reason for the freak figures was that scores of temperature records from Russia and elsewhere were not based on October readings at all. Figures from the previous month had simply been carried over and repeated two months running.
Nice. Do you see what’s wrong here? These scientists – including Hansen – are so invested in global warming and climate change they are blinded by conviction. Since the data proved their case quite dramatically, they popped the cork on some wine and went to press.
Of course, it took real scientists to step up, complete a peer-review that a freshman in high school could handle, and slap their data into the fire.3.
Update: Hot Air has more.
NASA must investigate this episode at GISS and insist on reliable production of accurate statistics. If they have scientists who can’t tell September from October and can’t recognize a cooling cycle in the Arctic, then they need new leadership at GISS, starting with Hansen. The admission from GISS that they can’t verify their source data when reaching to conclusions should embarrass scientists throughout the profession, as verification of data is absolutely necessary before reaching any conclusions. Without that, GISS may as well be studying the entrails of goats to make predictions about the future climate.