Thursday, May 3, 2012


date: Fri, 16 Feb 2007 02:52:17 -0000
subject: Reviewer Invitation for EPSL-D-07-00142
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Ms. Ref. No.: EPSL-D-07-00142
Title: Evidence for Solar Forcing in Variability of Temperatures in Europe
Authors: Jean-Louis Le Mou�l; Elena Blanter; Mikhail Shnirman; Vincent Emmanuel Courtillot, PhD
Journal: Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Dear Dr. Phil Jones,

I would very much appreciate your help with evaluating the above-mentioned manuscript, which has been submitted for publication in Earth and Planetary Science Letters. The abstract is attached below. The authors have been taking a controversial view on this important topic, but I would very much like to know if their analysis is scientifically sound and if the conclusions, even when provocative, are supported by the data shown.

Could you please let me know if you are available to review this manuscript?

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If you accept this invitation, I would be very grateful if you would return your review within 21 days.

If you are not available to review this manuscript, please click on the link below. We would appreciate receiving suggestions for alternative reviewers:

If you prefer, you may register your response to this invitation online, by accessing the Elsevier Editorial System for Earth and Planetary Science Letters as a REVIEWER:

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With kind regards,

Rob D. van der Hilst
Earth and Planetary Science Letters

Application of a novel nonlinear filtering technique to time series of daily temperatures in 48 meteorological stations from Europe yields the "lifetime" (akin to "correlation time") of temperature curves. This lifetime displays sharp primary and lesser secondary maxima at the times of extrema in sunspot number. A phase shift occurs around 1960, when primary maxima of temperature lifetimes shift from sunspot maxima to minima. This may correspond to a major change in state of the solar engine. Although the worldwide validity of these observations remains to be demonstrated, these strong correlations emphasise the role of the Sun as the forcing factor of a significant part of the global temperature signal.

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