cc: Phil Jones <p.jonesatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
date: Tue, 29 Sep 2009 08:46:09 +0100
from: Tim Osborn <t.osbornatXYZxyz.ac.uk>
subject: Re: attacks against Keith
to: Michael Mann <firstname.lastname@example.org>,Gavin Schmidt <gschmidtatXYZxyzs.nasa.gov>
Hi Mike and Gavin,
thanks for your emails re McIntyre, Yamal and Keith.
I'll pass on your best wishes for his recovery when I next speak to
Keith. He's been off almost 4 months now and won't be back for at
least another month (barring a couple of lectures that he's keen to
do in October as part of a gradual return). Hopefully he'll be
properly back in November.
Regarding Yamal, I'm afraid I know very little about the whole thing
-- other than that I am 100% confident that "The tree ring data was
hand-picked to get the desired result" is complete crap. Having
one's integrity questioned like this must make your blood boil (as
I'm sure you know, with both of you having been the target of
numerous such attacks). Though it would be nice to shield Keith from
this during his recovery, I think Keith will already have heard about
this because he had recently been asked to look at CA in relation to
the Kaufman threads (Keith was a co-author on that and Darrell had
asked Keith to help with a response to the criticisms).
Apart from Keith, I think Tom Melvin here is the only person who
could shed light on the McIntyre criticisms of Yamal. But he can be
a rather loose cannon and shouldn't be directly contacted about this
(also he wasn't involved in the Yamal chronology being discussed,
though he has been involved in a regional reconstruction that we've
recently been working towards that uses these -- and more -- data).
Perhaps Phil and I should talk with Tom and also see if Keith is
already considering a response.
Off to lecture for a couple of hours now...
Dr Timothy J Osborn, Academic Fellow
Climatic Research Unit
School of Environmental Sciences
University of East Anglia
Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
phone: +44 1603 592089
fax: +44 1603 507784