date: Wed May 7 17:05:48 2008
from: Phil Jones <p.jonesatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Re: Nature review request - manuscript 2008-04-04235
OK - send full ms, or details of where I can find the paper.
At 16:47 07/05/2008, you wrote:
Dear Professor Jones
A manuscript has been submitted to Nature, which we were hoping you would be interested
in reviewing. The manuscript comes from Alexander Stine, Peter Huybers, and Inez Fung
and is entitled "Changes in the Phase of the Annual Cycle of Surface Temperature". Its
first paragraph is pasted below.
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Changes in the Phase of the Annual Cycle of Surface Temperature
Alexander Stine, Peter Huybers, and Inez Fung
The annual cycle in surface temperature is massive, larger than even the
glacial-interglacial cycles in most places on Earth. Trends in amplitude and phase of
the annual harmonic in surface temperature have been observed, but models predict the
opposite sign phase trend to that which is observed. Our understanding of natural
variability is poor making it difficult to assess the importance of observed trends.
Here we show that the phase of extratropical land shifted towards earlier seasons by 1.5
days from 1954-2006 and that this shift appears anomalous with respect to natural
variability. This shift is not seen over the ocean. No significant change in the
amplitude is found.
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