Friday, May 4, 2012


cc: Keith Briffa <>
date: Wed May 24 16:51:51 2006
from: Tim Osborn <>
subject: Re: BP briefing

Peter - I've discussed with Keith and attach a few PPT slides. Hopefully they are of some
use. They are:
(1) A composite of various NH temperature reconstructions done by us pre-Moberg, but then
Science added the Moberg series and published it again (without telling us or acknowledging
us would you believe!).
(2) A composite of various simulated NH temperature time series published recently by us (a
month or so ago in Clim. Dyn.).
(3-4) These show the envelope of reconstructions in grey, then overlaid in red by the
envelope of model simulations. Useful showing model consistency with the real world. Not
yet published. Please don't give to anyone else, but feel free to use it for your
presentation if you want.
(5-11) Set of slides from our recent Science paper, hopefully self explanatory.
Feel free to use or not use any of this material as you see fit. It would be nice to know,
however, if you do use any of it.
At 14:05 24/05/2006, you wrote:

Dear Tim and Keith
I have to give a presentation to senior BP Executives next Wednesday
(list is
Steven E. Koonin Chief Scientist
Joseph P. Merlini, Director Strategic Cooperation
Chris J. Mottershead, Distinguished Advisor, Energy & the Environment
John K. Wells, Vice President Environment
Duncan G.M. Eggar, Senior Business Advisor & Team Leader -Sustainable
answering amongst other questions the following question
"Many papers published in the past few years show that the MBH record
very likely under-estimates temperature variability over the past 1500
years. Presumably the GCMs were able to reproduce (or were tuned to)
the low MBH variability. How do they have to be modified to reproduce
the greater variability? What implications does that have for
attribution and predictions going forward?"
Figures 6.10 and Fig 6.13 of the IPCC AR4 would be useful but of course
they are still under wraps. Alternatively the latest equivalent I have
is from Mann et al, EOS, 84, 256-258, 2003 but this does not include
series like Moberg 2005. Do you know whether there is a more recent
equivalent published like Fig 6.10 and 6.13 ?
Many thanks for any help or pointers,
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