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Climate Blog and News Recap: 2010 09 03

2010 September 3

Nick Barnes and crew seem to be expanding on their success with the Clear Climate Code refactoring of GISTEMP with the announcement of the “Climate Code Foundation“. (h/t Klimapolis)

The Climate Code Foundation goal is to promote public understanding of climate science

  • by increasing the visibility and clarity of the software used in climate science, and by encouraging climate scientists to do the same;
  • by encouraging good software development and management practices among climate scientists;
  • by encouraging the publication of climate science software as open source.

From email:

The work of the Foundation includes continuing the Clear Climate Code
project, to clarify software, and the Open Climate Code project, to
encourage its publication. The Foundation provides a unifying
framework for these efforts.

Members of the Foundation are also attending the Surface Temperatures
workshop at the UK Met Office in September 2010, to promote better and
more open software practices within that project.

The Foundation intends to work with climate scientists, funding
bodies, national and international organisations, and science
publishers, to establish climate science in the forefront of science
software quality and transparency.

On a somewhat related topic, Steve Easterbrook discusses the intersection of science and software in “Climate Change: A Software Grand Challenge” and from there, the role of a media lost in translation: “I never said that!

Steve McIntyre begins a tour of ICOADS sea surface temperature data:
A First Look at ICOADS
ICOADS – Hawaii

William Connolley takes a look at some older AGW minimalist lit:
Jastrow, Nierenberg and Seitz vs Hansen
Scientific Perspectives on the Greenhouse Problem?

Some thoughts on gridding …
Constructing an analysis 1: Drop in a bucket (Grumbine)
A very different gridding method – TempLS (Moyhu)
And just about anything by Mosher …http://stevemosher.wordpress.com/

Best wishes to Anthony Watts and family.

NASA and NOAA’s Newest GOES Satellite Ready for Action

NASA and NOAA’s latest Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-15, has successfully completed five months of on-orbit testing and has been accepted into service. The satellite has demonstrated operational readiness of its subsystems, spacecraft instruments and communications services. GOES-15 is the third and final spacecraft in the GOES N-P Series of geostationary environmental weather satellites.


Climate Change Implicated in Decline of Horseshoe Crabs

A distinct decline in horseshoe crab numbers has occurred that parallels climate change associated with the end of the last Ice Age, according to a study that used genomics to assess historical trends in population sizes. …

… While the current decline in horseshoe crabs is attributed in great part to overharvest for fishing bait and for the pharmaceutical industry, the new research indicates that climate change also appears to have historically played a role in altering the numbers of successfully reproducing horseshoe crabs. More importantly, said King, predicted future climate change, with its accompanying sea-level rise and water temperature fluctuations, may well limit horseshoe crab distribution and interbreeding, resulting in distributional changes and localized and regional population declines, such as happened after the last Ice Age.


Human Well-Being Is Improving Even as Ecosystem Services Decline: Why?

Global degradation of ecosystems is widely believed to threaten human welfare, yet accepted measures of well-being show that it is on average improving globally, both in poor countries and rich ones. A team of authors writing in the September issue of BioScience dissects explanations for this “environmentalist’s paradox.” ….

… The researchers resolve the paradox partly by pointing to evidence that food production (which has increased globally over past decades) is more important for human well-being than are other ecosystem services. They also establish support for two other explanations: that technology and innovation have decoupled human well-being from ecosystem degradation, and that there is a time lag after ecosystem service degradation before human well-being will be affected.


Marine Animals Suggest Evidence for a Trans-Antarctic Seaway

A tiny marine filter-feeder, that anchors itself to the sea bed, offers new clues to scientists studying the stability of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet — a region that is thought to be vulnerable to collapse. …

…This new finding, published this month in the journal Global Change Biology, leads the science team to conclude that these animals could have spread across both seas only by means of a trans-Antarctic seaway through what is now a 2 km solid layer of ice. They suggest also that this seaway opened up during a recent interglacial (warm period between ice ages) perhaps as recently as 125,000 years ago when sea level was about 5 metres higher than today.


Shifting Ozone Hole Exposed South America to More Ultraviolet Light in 2009

The ozone layer, which protects humans, plants, and animals from potentially damaging ultraviolet (UV) light from the Sun, develops a hole above Antarctica in September that typically lasts until early December. However, in November 2009, that hole shifted its position, leaving the southern tip of South America exposed to UV light at levels much greater than normal.


  1. 2010 September 10 at 11:37 am

    Thanks for the link, Ron. The workshop finished yesterday and among the 80 people there were a number of names well-known to outsiders interested in the surface temperature record, including Matt Menne, Claude Williams, John Christy, Phil Jones, and Phil Brohan. The Foundation was quite well received.

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