Apology Owed to CSIRO and BOM: Geoffrey Sherrington Letter Misleading
“On the 15th February The Australian newspaper published a letter from Geoffrey Sherrington of North Balwyn, Victoria, alleging that CSIRO fraudulently selected weather recording sites that showed more warming, including sites predominantly from capital cities under suspicion for heat island effects. This would give a result that suggested global warming, even if most weather recording sites showed little or no temperature change since the 1880s.
The Sherrington letter was emailed about cyberspace and used by some global warming skeptics as reason to dismiss the Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BOM)finding that last year was the hottest on record.
I phoned Geoffrey Sherrington last week. He said that he stands by everything he wrote in that letter. But when I pressed him for details, he said it was the University of Bath in the United Kingdom, not the CSIRO or
BOMBureau of Meteorology, that had been selective in its choice of weather recording sites and furthermore that the letter related to work he did 20 years ago.
I suggest The Australian newspaper and some global warming skeptics owe the CSIRO and the BOM a big apology.The claims in Mr Sherrington’s letter should be discounted accordingly.
While I am often labeled a global warming skeptic
because I not convinced that ratifying the Kyoto Protocol will bring Australia anything but grief, and I am unsure how much of the warming over the last 100 years is due to natural forces as opposed to human activity,, I have no reason to dispute the methodology that the BOMBureau of Meteorology uses to calculate temperature change and I accept that last year was the hottest year since official recordings were made in Australia.”
This is a draft of the letter I intend sending to The Australian newspaper tomorrow, or Tuesday, based on discussion at a previous thread at this blog, click here. Apart from Louis Hissink who republished the letter, here, I can’t find any other reference to it in the public domain?
Let me know if you have any suggested additions or changes to this letter, by posting a comment below or sending an email to email@example.com .