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date: Thu, 02 Oct 2008 11:37:10 -0700
from: Ben Santer <>
subject: Final version of press release

Dear folks,

Here is the (hopefully final!) version of the press release for our IJoC
paper. It just keeps on mutating...

There are some small but important changes relative to the version I
sent out yesterday evening. The most important change is that we've now
removed explicit reference to the UR/UAH group. Some of you were
concerned that this explicit reference was unnecessary and provocative.
With some careful rewording, Anne found a nice way of finessing this issue.

There are also some changes on the second page, in the paragraph
beginning "The second reason for the reconciliation..." These changes
were suggested by Peter Thorne. The intent here was to convey the
message that the new surface and upper-air datasets we've used have
helped us to better understand and quantify the "structural
uncertainties" in the observations.

Please shout loud, quickly, and often if there's something in the
revised press release that you cannot live with. If not, I suggest that
we should go with this version.

Still no word from IJoC on the precise date of online publication. Looks
like it will be either tomorrow or early next week. Glenn MacGregor is
checking on this. Glenn informed me today that the print version of our
paper will appear in the November issue of IJoC, together with the
Douglass et al. IJoC paper! I think that Glenn held back the print
publication of Douglass et al. (remember that their paper was published
online 10 months ago, in December 2007!) so that our paper and theirs
would appear in the same issue of the IJoC. I suspect that Douglass et
al. are not going to be very happy about IJoC's decision. So be prepared
for possible unpleasantness...

Now back to work on the fact sheet.

With best regards, and many thanks again for your helpful input on the
press release,

Benjamin D. Santer
Program for Climate Model Diagnosis and Intercomparison
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
P.O. Box 808, Mail Stop L-103
Livermore, CA 94550, U.S.A.
Tel: (925) 422-3840
FAX: (925) 422-7675


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