Coolwire                        Issue 3   October 2002
  Greenhouse,  global warming,  climate change,  IPCC  events,  news, articles, mostly from the Internet & email groups, much of which will never find its way to mainstream media.        The idea is to post new material as soon as it comes to hand and maybe close off  issues each month.     Feedback and articles to please.
I trust all the original authors are acknowledged, I have tried to include url's to their sites where available.
Contents in order:
NASA finds land use changes as important as greenhouse gases;
Reply from IPCC to Ian Castles;
New York cools more than Central Europe;
Northern Europe warmer in Bronze Age.
SE Pacific no warmer than earlier periods, corals say.
Early snow hits SW Scandinavia
Bob Foster and others on CSIRO model projections

NASA Top Story October 1, 2002


"Our work suggests that the impacts of human-caused landcover changes on climate are at least as important, and quite possibly more important than those of carbon dioxide," said Roger Pielke, Sr., an atmospheric scientist at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., and lead author of the study. "Through landcover changes over the last 300 years, we may have already altered the climate more than would occur associated with the radiative effect of a doubling of carbon dioxide."

Further to our article in Coolwire 1 reprinting Dr Ian Castles comments on IPCC emission scenarios we have a reply from the IPCC.

Dear Dr. Pachauri,
Thank you for your message of 30 September, advising me of the serious consideration that is being given within the IPCC community to the matters raised in my email to you of 29 August and the article enclosed therewith.

I am grateful to you for bringing my views to the attention of the entire IPCC Bureau, and of course I agree that you need to carry out a full consultation with the Bureau before responding to me in detail.

I look forward to receiving your substantive response after the next Bureau meeting in December.

With warm best wishes,

Ian Castles

Ian Castles
Visiting Fellow
National Centre for  Development Studies
Australian National University

Ph:  61 2 6295-7814
>From: "Chairman IPCC" <>
>To: <>
>Subject: Re: Emissions Projections
>Date: Mon, 30 Sep 2002 9:21 PM
> Dear Dr Castles,
> I am most grateful to you for your email of August 29, 2002.  I am sorry
> that it has taken me a month to acknowledge your communication, but there
> are two reasons for my apparent tardiness.  Firstly, I have been heavily
> preoccupied with the WSSD at Johannesburg and subsequently some aspects of
> preparations for CoP-8.  Secondly, I did want to get the opinions and
> of several members of the IPCC community, who have been pursuing an
> electronic discussion of your article and the views contained in it.
> I have now brought this to the attention of the entire IPCC Bureau, and we
> would take very serious interest in what you have written, and discuss it
> in the next Bureau meeting in December.  I shall then be able to get back
> to you in some detail.  Meanwhile, I would be grateful if you could bear
> with me and appreciate the fact that as a procedure I need to carry out a
> full consultation with the Bureau to do justice to what you have written
> and to ensure that the IPCC can act on it appropriately.
> With kind regards,
> Yours sincerely,
> R K Pachauri
> R K Pachauri, Ph.D
> Chairman
> IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change)
> C/o TERI
> Habitat Place, Lodhi Road
> New Delhi 110 003 India
> Tel: +91-11-4682121/2122
> Fax: +91-11-4682144/2145
> Website:
>>>> "Ian Castles" <> 08/29/02 06:34AM >>>
> Dr. Rajendra Pachauri,
> Chairman,
> Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

At Coolwire we are not holding our breath in anticipation that the IPCC will seriously address the damning issues raised by Dr Castles. It will still be interesting to see how they wriggle out of the grip of his arguments.

NASA GISS has New York cooling more than 18th century rural Central European temperature record.

For comments.

Warmer Climate in Northern Europe 6000 years Before Present in the Bronze Age.
At the time of the Sumerian civilization in Mesopotamia.

The following maps show vegetation zones derived from fossil pollen studies in Europe, references below. Clearly past climate changes can be greater than those attributed by the "greenhouse industry" to recently inceasing levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide.

Guiot J, Harrison SP, Prentice IC (1993) Reconstruction of Holocene
precipitation patterns in Europe using pollen and lake-level data.
Quaternary Research 40: 139-149.

Cheddadi, R. Yu, G. Guiot, J., Harrison, S.P. and Prentice, I.C. (1997):
The climate of Europe 6000 years ago. Climate Dynamics, 13: 1-9.

Fossil coral from SE Pacific fails to show "greenhouse warming"
No evidence here for silly IPCC "hockey stick" palaeotemperature graph.

REFERENCE: Linsley, B.K., G.M. Wellington, and D.P. Schrag, 2000, Decadal Sea Surface Temperature Variability
in the Sub-Tropical South Pacific from 1726 to 1997 A.D.,   Science v.290, pp1145-1148, 10 Nov 2000.

ABSTRACT: A 271 year record of Sr/Ca variability in a coral from Rarotonga in the South Pacific gyre.  Calibration with monthly sea surface temperature (SST) from satellite and ship measurements  made in grid measuring 1° by 1° over the period from 1981 to 1997 indicates that this  Sr/Ca record is an excellent proxy for SST. Comparison with SST from ship measurements made since 1950 in a grid measuring 5° by 5° also shows that the  Sr/Ca data accurately record decadal changes in SST. The entire Sr/Ca record back to  1726 shows a distinct pattern of decadal variability with repeated decadal and  interdecadal SST regime shifts greater than 0.75°C. Comparison with decadal  climate variability in the North Pacific as represented by the Pacific Decadal  Oscillation index (1900-1997) indicates that several of the largest decadal-scale
SST variations at Rarotonga are coherent with SST regime shifts in the North Pacific.  This hemispheric symmetry suggests that tropical forcing may be an important  factor in at least some of the decadal variability observed in the Pacific Ocean.

SW Scandinavia early season snowfalls
19, October 2002
Hans Jelbring  reports  that global warming  has left Sweden for this season.  People in the Gothenborg (Southern Sweden) area are urged to leave their cars home since most people have not switched to winter tires yet in this early snow time.  Well, I guess there are some local variations in global warming. If it is cold here it is probably warm in some other places so dont´t give up.  Global Warming is as you know something global and if we freeze to death or are buried underneath an ice cover, in average it might be warming anyway. Right?

Onar Åm Reports too:
It snowed in Stavanger today, too. Snow in October is rare in the southern
parts of Norway, especially at the west coast, like Stavanger.

Dear Onar,
What we are experiencing is the first Mobile Polar High this winter season moving southward quite quickly along the western border of Scandinavia.  There will always develope a low pressure zone on the east side of these MPHs.  That´s why the western parts of south Sweden got hit without anything happening in the Stockholm area.  Just some minutes ago it was reported in the weather news that some part along the west coast got up to 500 mm snow.  20000 people are out of electricity just now.  Tomorrow when more cold air has been pump southward the temperature is expected to get down to -15°C in the southwestern parts of Sweden according to TV weather news.  This is an example of what a MPH can and will do, a physical prosess which is not taken into account in GCMs.
All the best
Hans Jelbring

Bob Foster's new:
Critique of CSIRO's Australian temperature projections for 2070
Read Bob's detailed unpicking of CSIRO's climate model based projections.

On the subject of GCM's (General Climate Models) and after some time spent with Australia's climate modelers:  Prof. Craig Bohren of  The Pennsylvania State University wrote;

"...the words used by modellers indicate to me that they have crossed the line between reality and fantasy. To them, their computer simulations really are experiments on the same footing as the kind in which experimenters get their hands dirty. Modellers discuss the results of their (numerical) experiments in the same way that laboratory scientists discuss theirs. Yet a simulated "experiment' according to Robert Romer (American Journal of Physics, Vol. 61, 1993, p. 128) is "the creation of the devil, and the temptation to use one must be stoutly resisted." I also am sceptical of climate modellers because of their habit of dismissing as inconsequential everything their models cannot treat. Not long ago, clouds were considered to be minor players in the global warming drama. Why? Because modellers couldn't adequately include clouds in their models. Or because modellers are heavily steeped in dynamics, and clouds occupy a low status in the various kingdoms and duchies into which the atmosphere has been artificially divided. My scepticism about climate models is fuelled by their inability to postdict the climate.

To my knowledge, no model run backward in time from the present has predicted the observed temperature decrease that not so long ago was generating alarms about global cooling. It has long been accepted that to acquire validity, a theory must have predictive capabilities. What are we to make of a theory that doesn't even have postdictive capabilities? True, rather than simulated, experiments will provide the evidence for or against global warming just as true, as opposed to simulated, sex is what makes babies."

Reliability of CSIRO climate models re regional projections
Now a comment by Dr James R Mahoney, Assistant Secretary of Commerce,  for Oceans and Atmosphere before the Committee on Science, US House of Representatives, July 10, 2002.
Dr. Mahoney presents a review of research by the giant US climate group NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration).  Downloadable pdf file available if you email me.
At the bottom of page 4 under a section headed Continued Scientific Enquiry he lists 6 bullet points  “…illustrative of the need for improved scientific understanding.”
Point six says “The poor regional performance of general circulation models…”  My bold added.
There it is, Dr. Mahoney is saying that climate models such as the CSIRO has used to generate future climate scenarios for Australia have a “…poor regional performance..”.

Finally, a Figure from an IPCC web page crowing about how well 7 GCM's can replicate seasonal rainfall changes on Indian Ocean small islands. I have coloured the CSIRO effort.


We see the heavier plain line representing monthly mean observed rainfall and we see that the CSIRO results fail to capture the major fact of high January rainfall, getting the lowest of all model results in this regard.  Then the CSIRO get the most exaggerated result of all the  models for the vital months ( for SW WA) of June July. Finally they utterly fail to capture the salient fact that observed rain is pretty constant through June to December. Finding instead a huge oscillation in winter / spring rainfall. Altogether not a performance that would promote  CSIRO expertise in predicting say future regional Australian  rainfall.

You read it first here.

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