Climate Enterprise: Captains’ Logs

Britain’s great seafaring tradition is to provide a unique insight into modern climate change, thanks to thousands of Royal Navy logbooks that have survived from the 17th century onwards.

A preliminary study of 6,000 logbooks has produced results that raise questions about climate change theories. There was a surge in the frequency of summer storms over Britain in the 1680s and 1690s. Many scientists believe storms are a consequence of global warming, but these were the coldest decades of the so-called Little Ice Age that hit Europe from about 1600 to 1850.

During the 1730s, Europe underwent a period of rapid warming similar to that recorded recently – and which must have had natural origins.

“Global warming is a reality, but what our data shows is that climate science is complex and that it is wrong to take particular events and link them to CO2 emissions. These records will give us a much clearer picture of what is really happening.”

Papers will be published in the journals The Holocene and Climatic Change.

Read the entire Times article entitled: Captains’ logs yield climate clues – Records kept by Nelson and Cook are shedding light on climate change

10 Responses to Climate Enterprise: Captains’ Logs

  1. Green Davey Gam Esq. August 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm #

    ‘History is not only a valuable part of knowledge, but opens the door to many parts, and affords materials to most of the sciences.’ David Hume, 1711-1776
    P.S. Hume was a staunch sceptic…

  2. SJT August 5, 2008 at 10:13 pm #

    “P.S. Hume was a staunch sceptic…”

    That means he would want none of the so denial that goes on here.

    This quote from the article.

    “Many scientists believe storms are a consequence of global warming, but these were the coldest decades of the so-called Little Ice Age that hit Europe from about 1600 to 1850.”

    Is just sheer ignorance at it’s most blatant.

  3. Woody August 6, 2008 at 12:10 am #

    Have you studied the historical logbooks from Captain Alowishus Gore, who was so concerned about the Earth that he used ships run by alternative energy sources, like wind-powered sails and rowing? He was preceded by his ancestor, Noah Gore, who predicted that rising oceans would destroy all of mankind who didn’t listen to him. The flat Earth could only take so much of the pollution from smelting to make golden idols. Thank goodness we no longer have people like that around.

  4. James Mayeau August 6, 2008 at 6:26 am #

    I’m going to float my stick with C3PO on this one. I think it’s more a case of many reporters believe storms are a consequence of global warming, rather then scientists.
    Just because it’s colder then average during the little ice age doesn’t preclude summer thunderstorms. In fact, the greater temperature gradient of the gulf stream running up into the Arctic gyre during the little ice age, will mean more storm fronts.
    That’s the obverse of Prof Lenzen saying that higher world temps lead to fewer storms.

  5. Jennifer August 6, 2008 at 10:00 am #

    just filing this here:

    CAPTAIN Cook and Lord Nelson seem unlikely figureheads in the fight against climate change alarmists. The two heroes have been dead for more than 200 years.

    But their ships’ logs, and thousands more like them, have revealed that recent global warming is not so unusual after all.

    The new evidence was uncovered by the UK Meteorological Office and other experts, The Sun newspaper reports.

    They scoured more than 6,000 Royal Navy logs dating from the 1600s.

    Maritime historian Dr Sam Willis says: “Ships’ officers recorded air pressure, wind strength, air and sea temperatures and other weather conditions.

    “From these records, scientists can build a detailed picture of past weather and climate.”

    from …
    “Captain Cook’s last discovery: Is climate change a myth?”,23739,24126123-5012321,00.html

    via Ian Beale
    with much thanks

  6. Ian Mott August 6, 2008 at 10:29 am #

    And given the number of ships of the line at that time, and their spread, it is a record that would constitute a far better sample than the bumf presented by Hansen today. If only they had been into CO2 measurements we could shut this circus down quick smart.

  7. brodie August 6, 2008 at 12:36 pm #

    if they took measurements like the ships today then they are unreliable as all hell. I have seen sling psychrometers stuck in a cup of water and read straight from there. they take engine intake water temp one hour and infrared gun the next hour. They take temperatures from 90 feet up one hour and at the surface the next. Wind instruments are worst today than the beufort scale of old.

    I like that they are relating the frequency of storms tho, that makes sense. too bad alarmists will never listen.

  8. Steve Short August 6, 2008 at 1:08 pm #

    Full fathom five thy father lies;
    Of his bones are coral made;
    Those are pearls that were his eyes:
    Nothing of him that doth fade
    But doth suffer a sea-change
    Into something rich and strange.

    The Tempest, Act one, Scene two

  9. Pete August 6, 2008 at 10:21 pm #

    I thought the argument against more hurricanes with a warmer world related to whether or not there would be a greater prevalence of wind shear that would cut them off.

    The lack of wind sheer and the high sea surface temperatures in the hurricane prone areas, are prevalent only in certain “seasons”.

    So I understand that to answer the increased/decreased prevalence question, you have know if there would be “seasons” in a warmer climate with high SST and low wind shear prevalence. I also don’t think you can just look at yearly averages, you have to look for seasonal periods when conditions might conducive.

  10. Paul Spite August 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm #

    Dear Jennifer,

    While carbon emissions have no discernable effect on climate, the belief they do is netting promoters of this “crisis” billions per year in return for our gullibility. Meanwhile they change nothing of their own lifestyles, though they also live on the planet they claim we are destroying.

    Your website leads me to believe we have the same concerns about the profit and power grab masquerading as concern over a non-existent climate crisis. Would you help me promote to your readership, a book I have written? I had hoped if enough people read it, it would create a public backlash against this hoax. I have thus, with my own efforts, been unable to publicize this work.

    This book is entitled “A Climate Crisis a la Gore.” It is organized as follows:

    • Introduction – What motivated the assembly of this research for public use.
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    Paul Spite

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