On Monday, Feb 2, Gavin Schmidt explained some “ethics” to realclimate readers as follows:
[Response: People will generally credit the person who tells them something. BAS were notified by people Sunday night who independently found the Gill/Harry mismatch. SM could have notified them but he didn’t. My ethical position is that it is far better to fix errors that are found than play around thinking about cute names for follow-on blog posts. That might just be me though. – gavin]
As readers know, I was interested in who was the scientist that, unbeknowst to me, had “independently” identified the problem with Harry – a problem overlooked by BAS, NASA GISS for a year or so anyway; and a problem which had been missed by his realclimate coauthors, Steig and Mann, during their preparation of Steig et al 2009, and which had been missed by the Nature peer reviewers. And remarkably this had been “independently” identified just after I had noted the problem at Climate Audit and Climate Audit readers had contributed ideas on it, even during the Super Bowl.
Yesterday, I inquired about the identity of Gavin’s “mystery man”? Today (Feb 4) the British Antarctic survey revealed the identity of Gavin’s “mystery man”. It was…
Screenshot Feb 4, 2009 ~10.50 am Eastern. The comment dated 2/2/2009 originally did not acknowledge the contributor, but was modified today to credit Gavin’s contribution.
Update: See Roger Pielke discussion here.