Tag Archives: baker

Upside-Side Down Mann and the “peerreviewedliterature”

In Andrew Revkin’s recent blog posting, he made the following observation about blogs, referring in particular to Climate Audit: What is novel about all of this is how the blog discussions have sidestepped the traditional process of peer review and publication, then review and publication of critiques, and counter-critiques, by which science normally does that […]

More Upside-Down Mann

Previously, we discussed the upside-down Tiljander proxies in Mann et al 2008. Ross and I pointed this out in our PNAS comment, with Mann denying in his answer that they were upside down. This reply is untrue (as Jean S and UC also confirmed.) Andy Baker’s SU967 proxy is used in Mann 2008 and is […]

More Z-Score Opportunism

We’ve frequently observed that the reduction of data to standard deviation units (z-scores) is often associated with seemingly opportunistic orientation of the data sets. Often this is buried in the multivariate methodology. Principal components and RegEM can both function to opportunistically provide orientations to “proxies”. In Mann 2008, we saw pretty examples of proxies being […]

Trouet et al 2009 – More Info

On April 10, I was notified by NOAA that a little bit of data from Trouet was now online at NOAA WDCP. The archive is the absolute minimum; even Science would require them to archive this data if asked. However, it is totally inadequate for replication. However, every little bit of data helps and here’s […]

De-Trending in Scotland

The two proxies that carry the water in the Trouet NAO reconstruction are the Baker speleothem in Scotland and Esper’s tree ring chronology in Morocco. The briefest examination of the Scotland speleothem shows that the version used in Trouet et al had been previously adjusted through detrending from the MWP to the present. In the […]

Trouet et al 2009: “Scuppering the Deniers”

Trouet et al (2009), Persistent Positive North Atlantic Oscillation Mode Dominated the Medieval Climate Anomaly, published in Reader’s Digest Science a few days ago. Esper the non-Archiver is a co-author. New Scientist breathlessly reported : Europe basked in unusually warm weather in medieval times, but why has been open to debate. Now the natural climate […]