Writer was wrong

The Oklahoman - - OPINION -

Steven Lynch’s claim (Your Views, Oct. 7) that in­ves­ti­ga­tions have found cli­mate re­searchers in­ten­tion­ally ma­nip­u­lated tem­per­a­ture data to mis­rep­re­sent at­mo­spheric warm­ing is false. Some sci­en­tists were ad­just­ing metropoli­tan heat is­land data to sta­tis­ti­cally cor­re­late with ru­ral lo­cal­i­ties. It was dis­cov­ered that dif­fer­ences in metropoli­tan heat is­land mea­sure­ments were in­signif­i­cant com­pared with ru­ral mea­sure­ments, not re­quir­ing an ad­just­ment. This is sci­ence do­ing what it’s sup­posed to do and it still un­equiv­o­cally sup­ports cli­mate change.

In­vok­ing Steven God­dard to sup­port your claims isn’t a good strat­egy. While not cit­ing an ar­ti­cle, maybe Lynch was re­fer­ring to God­dard’s 2008 ar­ti­cle in the on­line Reg­is­ter, claim­ing arc­tic ice was not melt­ing in spite of NASA and NOAA ev­i­dence to the con­trary. He cited a Univer­sity of Illi­nois study to show the Na­tional Snow and Ice Dis­tri­bu­tion Cen­ter in Boul­der, Colorado, as in­valid. The Univer­sity of Illi­nois con­tacted the Reg­is­ter to dis­pute God­dard’s method­ol­ogy and claims. A re­searcher at Univer­sity of Illi­nois said, re­gard­ing God­dard, “Such an ap­proach is sim­ply not valid.” God­dard had to is­sue a pub­lic re­trac­tion.

David Grow, Ed­mond

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