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Climate scientists cleared of manipulating research

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posted on Apr, 15 2010 @ 08:13 PM
reply to post by hippomchippo

Thanks for reminding me..

Here is the list of the members of the panel:

Chair: Prof Ron Oxburgh FRS (Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool)
Prof Huw Davies, ETH Zürich
Prof Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof Lisa Graumlich, University of Arizona.
Prof David Hand FBA, Imperial College, London.
Prof Herbert Huppert FRS, University of Cambridge
Prof Michael Kelly FRS, University of Cambridge
from the report linked in my previous post

posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 02:10 PM
From the referenced article:

Leading scientists welcomed the finding. Dr Myles Allen, head of the Climate Dynamics Group at Oxford University, said: “Anyone familiar with the way science works would know it would be quite impossible for a group of scientists to maintain a conspiracy for 20 minutes, never mind 20 years.”

Dr. Myles Allen:

Myles R. Allen is head of the Climate Dynamics group at University of Oxford's Atmospheric, Oceanic and Planetary Physics Department. He is the Principal Investigator of and is principally responsible for starting this project.

He has worked at the Energy Unit of the United Nations Environment Programme, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory in Oxfordshire, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He contributed to the Third Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as a Lead Author of the Chapter on detection of change and attribution of causes, and was a Review Editor for the chapter on predictions of global climate change for the IPCC Fourth Assessment Report. His research focuses on the attribution of recent climate change and assessing what these changes mean for global climate simulations of the future.

Yeah, most people are happy when a pronouncement comes down that is supportive of their position...

Let's see what else we can find...

Originally posted by JacKatMtn
Here is the list of the members of the panel:

Chair: Prof Ron Oxburgh FRS (Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool)
Prof Huw Davies, ETH Zürich
Prof Kerry Emanuel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof Lisa Graumlich, University of Arizona.
Prof David Hand FBA, Imperial College, London.
Prof Herbert Huppert FRS, University of Cambridge
Prof Michael Kelly FRS, University of Cambridge


Prof. Ron Oxburg

Ernest Ronald Oxburgh, Baron Oxburgh, KBE, FRS (born 2 November 1934) is a geologist, a past Rector of Imperial College, and during 2004–05 was non-executive chairman of Shell, the UK arm of Royal Dutch Shell.


Lord Oxburgh was appointed Deputy Chairman of the Science and Engineering Research Council, A*STAR, as of 1 January 2002, and is a member of the International Academic Advisory Panel of Singapore and the Hong Kong University Grants Committee.

A geologist and an ex-chairman of Shell. Interesting... but there's more...

According to this link, Lord Oxburgh is a team member of Climate Change Capital:

Climate Change Capital is an investment manager and advisor specialising in the opportunities generated by the global transition to a low carbon economy.

It advises and invests in companies that recognise combating global warming is both a necessity and an economic opportunity.

CCC manages funds with over US $1.5 billion of commitments* and aims to provide attractive returns to investors, demonstrating the financial opportunity associated with the low carbon economy.

Really? Well, no conflict of interest there...


Huw Davies

Huw Davies is professor of physics at the Institute for Atmospheric & Climate Science of the ETH Zürich, and head of the institute's Atmospheric Dynamics Group.

Nothing major wrong on the surface, other than some questionable associations... but then I found this:


to the Huw Davies group research pages.

We are a Synthetic Organic Chemistry group whose primary drive is the development of efficient, applicable catalytic methods for Asymmetric Synthesis.

We are based in state-of-the-art Labs in the Chemistry Department at Emory University. The labs are equipped with a wide range of modern facilities to enhance our research program.

Huw Davies is the Aza Griggs Candler Professor of Organic Chemistry at Emory and a Director of the newly formed Center for C-H Functionalization

Center for C-H Functionalization? Their home page:

The primary objective of the CCHF is to be a conduit for moving C–H functionalization into the main-stream of organic synthesis. The Center brings together some of the leading groups in the field of stereoselective C–H functionalization. Five of the investigators, Huw Davies (PI, Emory), Simon Blakey (Emory), Justin Du Bois (Stanford), Christina White (Illinois) and Jin-Quan Yu (Scripps) have made major contributions to synthesis using C–H functionalization. The sixth investigator, Jamal Musaev, is a computational scientist and has significantly contributed to elucidation of the mechanisms and governing factors of various transition metal-catalyzed -bond utilization processes. Several other leading scientists from the fields of inorganic coordination chemistry and total synthesis have expressed interest in collaborating with the Center, either to maximize the utility of novel catalysts, or to exploit the new methodology in natural product synthesis.

C-H is the chemical bond which is broken in organic fuels to produce energy. It would appear that this group would benefit greatly from any cutback on oil production. "natural product synthesis" is a fancy way of saying they make oil-based fuels without using oil, which would no doubt be a very lucrative proposal if use of oil-based products were curtailed by law.

Kerry Emmanuel:

Kerry Emanuel (born April 21, 1955) is an American professor of meteorology currently working at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge. In particular he has specialized in atmospheric convection and the mechanisms acting to intensify hurricanes. He coined the term "hypercane" in 1994. In 2007, he was elected as a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

He was named one of the Time 100 influential people of 2006.

In a March 2008 paper published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, he announced he is rethinking his previous assumption of global warming as an increasing threat for more hurricane activity than normal. Gabriel Vecchi, of NOAA said of Emanuel's announcement, "While his results don't rule out the possibility that global warming has contributed to the recent increase in activity in the Atlantic, they suggest that other factors—possibly in addition to global warming—are likely to have been substantial contributors to the observed increase in activity."

Well, we have one member who doesn't subscribe to the idea that a little CO2 is the end of the world. I guess that just blows this post out of the water:

Originally posted by audas
Can you guys answer me a question - seriously - I have no idea how you can be so incredibly naive on this issue - the scientists on planet earth are not in a conspiracy together - they work completely independently - tens of thousands of them completely independently - and they ALL agree on this. All of them.


Prof. Lisa Graumlich:

Area of Expertise:
Climate change and land-use change impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem processes, strategies for adaptation, sustainability

There wouldn't be much need for someone to work in the field of "strategies for adaptation" if there was suddenly found to be no need for adaptation, now, would there?

Prof. David Hand:

David J. Hand is Professor of Statistics in the Department of Mathematics at Imperial College, where he is Head of the Statistics Section and Associate Head (Research) of the Department.

A little more about Prof. Hand:

Professor David Hand said that the research – led by US scientist Michael Mann – would have shown less dramatic results if more reliable techniques had been used to analyse the data.

So apparently all the panel members did not find the CRU faultless... interesting...

Herbert Huppert

Herbert Eric Huppert (born 26 November 1943) is an Australian-born geophysicist living in Britain. He has been Professor of Theoretical Geophysics and Foundation Director, Institute of Theoretical Geophysics, Cambridge University, since 1989 and Fellow of King's College, Cambridge, since 1970. He was born and received his early education in Sydney, Australia. He graduated in Applied Mathematics from Sydney University with first class Honours,

Nothing there... but our good Prof. Hubbert also teaches a few classes on the side apart from his usual forte. Here's one scheduled for May 13, 2010:

The Masterclass will consider the background to, data on, and possible predictions of, the likely future climate. It will then discuss possible mitigation scenarios, including: capture of CO2 from the main emission sources, such as coal-fired power plants and cement making factories; the storage of CO2 in saline aquifers, brown coal seams or in oceanic sediments; and biological or other processes. All of these suggestions are being vigorously followed and tested at the moment.

Sounds like fun. Some of you might want to sign up so you can better debunk us 'debunkers'.


Prof. Michael Kerry

Michael Kelly has been the Prince Philip Professor of Technology since September 2002. This is a new post to honour the 25 years service of Prince Philip as Chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He is also a Fellow of Trinity Hall and a Visiting Professor at the University of Surrey. During 2003-2005 he was also the Cambridge Executive Director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. Since July 2006 he has been both part-time Chief Scientific Advisor to the Department for Communities and Local Government, and non-executive director of the Laird Group plc.

It would seem that we have a third panel member who is unbiased... unless one looks into his areas of research:

1.Areas of Research:

  • 1971 Optical properties of metals
  • 1971-80 Electronic structure of crystalline and amorphous metals and semiconductors.
  • 1975-81 Physics of the two-dimensional electron gas in Si MOSFETs.
  • 1979-80 Phase transitions in metals and alloys.
  • 1980-2 Electron-lattice interactions and superconductivity in semiconductors.
  • 1983 Metal-semiconductor contacts for high temperature electronics
  • 1984- Fabrication and physics of metal and semiconductor microstructures.
  • 1984- All aspects of superlattice science, devices and technology.
  • 1987- New generation III-V semiconductor microwave devices.
  • 1988- Physics of quasi-one-dimensional motion for device applications
  • 1992 - Manufacturability of advanced electronic devices. Ion-implantation of III-V semiconductor multilayers.

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From the same source as above

All of these areas of research have applications in battery design and power switching application. All of them are largely dependent on 'green' technology. That in itself does not make him a 'shill', but it does show he has a dog in this race.

So, out of all the panel members, we have two who do not have a financial or professional stake in the outcome of the 'investigation', and both of those have been vocal about problems used in the methodology inside the CRU.

Maybe this 'investigation' did uncover something after all... just how far some of these scientists with a vested interest are willing to go to keep their grants and investments safe...


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