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cc: Mike Wallace <wallaceatXYZxyzos.washington.edu>, John Kennedy <john.kennedyatXYZxyzoffice.gov.uk>
date: Wed Apr 9 13:40:03 2008
from: Phil Jones <p.jonesatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Re: Decision on Nature manuscript 2008-01-00939A
to: David Thompson <davetatXYZxyzos.colostate.edu>

Agree on the skeptics. Unfortunately a few know some people who
should know better. Susan knows what some have been doing over the
past few weeks. Some are also making a lot out of the current La Nina cooling
in the global record.
Press Release essential therefore.
Dick Reynolds would be great for a news/views item. He could also
then get called by the press in the US. If you can talk to Nature into this
we can involve him in the release.
At 13:27 09/04/2008, David Thompson wrote:

I know what you mean about liaising over a press release. It's occurred to me the work
might be misused by the skeptics.
My knee-jerk reaction was to have nothing to do with the press on this. I figured it
would be easy to be quoted out of context, and I thought I'd let the work speak for
itself. I also don't think the fringe skeptics are worth an ounce of my time.
But ... maybe that's too strong of a reaction. I'm certainly open to crafting a few
paragraphs which we all agree on. And I'm happy to entrain other folks in the release.
I don't know if Nature are doing a news and views item. If they are, I'll suggest they
contact, say, Dick Reynolds and maybe Susan.
On Apr 9, 2008, at 12:28 PM, Phil Jones wrote:

An email came last night to update my profile with Nature, so I expected this.
Congratulations again!
Once we have the proofs, we'll need to liaise over a press release. We need to be very
careful what we say. When we do these with the global T figures the UEA and Met Office
press offices work together. I reckon we should use this process again - and involve
David Parker, Chris Folland and possibly John Mitchell in the drafting of this. The
press release will need to briefly mention the implications of this for the long-term
and also the changes that will be made to the SSTs (not just for 1945-60) but
also potentially to the recent few years from the buoy dominance now.
Do you know Dave if Nature are doing a news and views item on the paper? If they
aren't it would be good to try and get them to do one and have Dick Reynolds do
it. Dick could then discuss the implications of both these points.
In both of the above, I'm trying to head off the obvious skeptic backlash who'll say
we can't measure T properly, so why should we believe the rest of the global T data.
I know all that you've done is kosher and we learn of problems through varied
analyses, but the skeptics won't see it this way - and they'll try and rake up
as much as they can.

As for the proofs I'll be away the week before you come to Norwich (so away April
Also away May 12-16. I should be in email contact these week though.
I don't think we'd gain much with a cover picture. The paper isn't really about
I wouldn't bother with the front cover.
The attached may be useful when you're talking about this. This just shows that the
US destroyed most of their WW2 logs. I got this from Scott Woodruff in Boulder.
The name of the person who signed this is cropped. Scott did that to protect the
The person is still alive - I'm told!

At 11:31 09/04/2008, David Thompson wrote:

Yeehaw. Nature made a decision very quickly (the editor actually emailed to say the
manuscript would be accepted within about 2 hours of my submitting the revised version).
Two quick questions:
1. I think we should all have a chance to review the page proofs ... we won't be able to
make major changes, but I think it's important everyone is comfortable with every word.
I imagine I'll receive the proofs within the next few weeks. Does anyone have any
extended travel plans during that period?
2. They've asked if I'd like to submit a possible cover image. I imagine a version of
our Fig 2 (with the volcanos labeled on the figure) would be a strong candidate. But I'm
not sure we'll gain much from being on the cover. And I don't want to give the
impression we're grandstanding. What do you think?
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David W. J. Thompson
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Colorado State University
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Prof. Phil Jones
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School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email [15]p.jones@uea.ac.uk


David W. J. Thompson
Dept of Atmospheric Science
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523
Phone: 970-491-3338
Fax: 970-491-8449

Prof. Phil Jones
Climatic Research Unit Telephone +44 (0) 1603 592090
School of Environmental Sciences Fax +44 (0) 1603 507784
University of East Anglia
Norwich Email p.jonesatXYZxyz.ac.uk

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