Sunday, June 17, 2012


date: Thu, 8 Jul 1999 14:28:08 -0400 (EDT)
from: "Edward R. Cook" <>
subject: Your paper
to: Keith Briffa <>

Hi Keith,

Your paper reads very well. It has a refreshingly "chatty" style to it,
unlike the more usual turgid style of scientific papers. You managed to
mis-lable figures 2/3 and 4/5 on the figures relative to the text, but my
years of experience enabled me to identify said problems. Hopefully, you
have already taken care of that as well. There are the occasional typos,
but I wouldn't dream of telling you where they are. After all, I have to
leave some proof reading burdens to you! One question I have is why you
chose EOF4 for your mapping exercise. It is very convincing, but still
represents only 6% of the total variance and is ONLY the 4th most important
mode. Were the other EOF1-3 map patterns with climate that much poorer? A
reviewer of my Climate Dynamics paper remarked that I must "be honest", so
I pass on that same comment to you. (It sounded remarkably CRUian, along
with other generally quite fair comments and criticisms.) Anyway, this is
all I have to say now. I will look it over again for anything else. Below
are the more complete and updated references that you need.

Good job!



Cook E.R., Buckley, B.M. and D'Arrigo, R.D. 1999. Warm-Season Temperatures
since 1600 B.C. Reconstructed from Tasmanian Tree Rings and Their
Relationship to Large-Scale Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies. Climate
Dynamics (in press).

Cook, E.R., Meko, D.M., Stahle, D.W. and Cleaveland, M.K. 1999. Drought
reconstructions for the continental United States. Journal of Climate

Cole, J.E. and Cook, E.R. 1998. The changing relationship between ENSO
variability and moisture balance in the continental United States.
Geophysical Research Letters 25(24):4529-4531.

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