Thursday, May 10, 2012


date: Sun, 27 Jan 2008 21:19:41 -0500
from: "Wahl, Eugene R" <>
subject: RE: wengen paper progress AND new position stating August
to: <>, <>, <>

Hi Tim (and Phil and Keith):

Thanks, Tim, for the work on this. I've looked things over briefly, and have booked time next weekend to get to it in earnest. It's quite a job you've done to put all the pieces together.

One question, and to Phil and Keith also, is whether you see/saw significant difference between the results I'm reporting from my work with Caspar and those reported by Francis and his co-workers. I will look for this, of course, but want also to check with you. Caspar says he doesn't think there should be any problem, but I'd also like your opinion. And, of course, difference can be a good thing too...

I'm sorry that I can't look at the text sooner, but we have a major event going on here (and at 1200 other universities and colleges in the US) this week. It is called "Focus the Nation", and is a major effort to stimulate the political landscape to take climate change issues seriously -- especially with our presidential "primaries" going on, and a major number of the state voting on Feb. 5. I am significantly involved in this as Asst. Prof. of Environmental Studies, so my time is pretty limited for the next 6 days.

Finally, you may have heard that I have accepted a scientist position with the NOAA Paleoclimate Branch. I will be starting in August, after I complete Spring term here at Alfred and have the chance to move and get settled back in Colorado. I am excited to make this move, and have the chance to do more significant focusing on my research than I've been able to do during this academic year.

Below is a copy of the e-announcement released by NOAA.

Peace, Gene
-------- Original Message --------
Subject: New scientist at the Paleoclimatology Branch
Date: Thu, 10 Jan 2008 10:07:41 -0500
From: David Easterling <>
To: _NESDIS NCDC All /w PB & Contractors <>

It is with pleasure that we announce that Dr. Gene Wahl currently
at Alfred University in NY has accepted our offer, and will join the
Paleoclimatology Branch in Boulder this coming August.
We are very lucky to have Gene join us. He is an expert in climate
reconstructions of the past millennium using tree rings and multi-proxy
data networks. He has pioneered new methods in this area, testified on
this topic for Congress, and participates in the PAGES focus on this
theme. Gene began his paleo career in palynology, and completed his PhD
on pollen analysis with Margaret Davis at the U. of Minn, one of the
pioneers of paleoecology. In this area he has worked with transfer
functions and analog techniques, methods relevant to all our fossil
count data. Finally, Gene brings expertise in the statistical analysis
of climate data, including new methods to compare paleoclimate and
model data, an area that will be of benefit not only in paleo but also to the
Scientific Services Division and NCDC in general.

David R. Easterling, Ph.D
Chief, Scientific Services Division
NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
V: +1 828 271 4675
F: +1 828 271 4328

David M. Anderson
NOAA Paleoclimatology Branch Chief and Director, World Data Center for
NOAA's National Climatic Data Center
325 Broadway, E/CC23, Boulder, CO, 80305-3328
Tel: (303) 497-6237


From: Tim Osborn []
Sent: Sat 1/26/2008 1:44 PM
To:;; Wahl, Eugene R;
Subject: wengen paper progress

Hi Phil, Gene, Francis and Keith,

I've now finished putting Gene's and Francis' contributios together with
some text of mine into section 3 of the "Wengen" paper. Everything has
been done with tracked changes so that you can follow (and undo if
necessary) what I've done.

Gene -- this is the same as Friday's version except that I have now
continued from page 34 to the end of your contribution with a few further
suggested changes.

Phil -- I've also had time to comment on the ice core section, so there
are some suggested edits there too.

Francis -- your contribution forms section 3.4.1. I included the edits
that I had previously sent you... so please see my previous email if you
want to undo any of them. Is the Lee et al. paper out yet? If so, could
you send the full citation?

Keith -- when you have time, I'd appreciate it if you could take a look at
the sections 3.2 and 3.3 that I added on CPS methods and on the
pseudo-proxy approach to see if they read ok.



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