6 February 2010

Yale Climate and Media Analysis of IPCC Glacier Mistake

Posted by Dan Satterfield

The Yale Forum on Climate Change and the Media have a very good piece on the now famous IPCC error on how fast glaciers in the Himalayas are really melting. An interesting (perhaps) sidebar is that I saw this number of 2035 quoted, and assumed it to be a typo. I thought that what was really meant was 2135. I wonder how many others made the same assumption and thought no more about it.

It was a comedy of simple errors that led to this making it into the WG 2 report by the IPCC and  I agree with the more sane comments that this is a good example of scientific method righting mistakes. Does it change the science or the conclusions of the IPCC?

No, of course not.

The glaciers really are melting and just as fast as the correct data indicated. That is the real story and no amount of political commentary is going to change it.

Click the image below to read a detailed analysis of the error. (Note: My apologies for the spell errors in the earlier version of this  post. My spell checker is out to lunch-just like I was in typing class.)

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