Extreme Ski Trip
Posted by Jeff Condon on November 30, 2009
It’s hard to know what to write about, there is simply too much here. So let’s do a fun one… Where would you hold a global warming conference dedicated to ‘extremes’ — Switzerland?
Can anyone say — Ski trip!!
Art Furrer Resort Hotel, Riederalp, Switzerland
January 28-31, 2009
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Rationale for the meeting
This is a follow-up workshop of several meetings that took place in Switzerland (Chateau-d’Oex 2004, 2005; Riederalp 2006, 2007). It aims to bring together scientists in the ENSEMBLES project who work on extreme events to discuss progress made in this field since the previous meetings, the most important results on extremes and remaining work on this topic.
This will be a small workshop (not a conference) with no more than 25 participants consisting mainly of scientists working on extremes in ENSEMBLES plus a few invited extremes experts. Priority will be given to scientists in ENSEMBLES who are actively working on extreme events towards ENSEMBLES deliverables. There is room for about 15 oral presentations and the opportunity to present a poster.
I didn’t even know there was a whole field dedicated to “worse than we thought”. Here’s an email from the boys.
From: Ben Santer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Re: Good news! Plus less good news
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2009 11:13:21 -0800
Yeah, I had already seen the stuff from McIntyre. Tom Peterson sent it
to me. McIntyre has absolutely no understanding of climate science. He
doesn’t realize that, as the length of record increases and trend
confidence intervals decrease, even trivially small differences between
an individual observed trend and the multi-model average trend are
judged to be highly significant. These model-versus-observed trend
differences are, however, of no practical significance whatsoever – they
are well within the structural uncertainties of the observed MSU trends.
It would be great if Francis and Myles got McIntyre’s paper for review.
Also, I see that McIntyre has put email correspondence with me in the
Supporting Information of his paper. What a jerk!
I will write to Keith again. The Symposium wouldn’t be the same without
him. I think Tom would be quite disappointed.
Have fun in Switzerland!
With best regards,
> I’m at an extremes meeting in Riederalp – near Brig. I’m too
> old to go skiing. I’ll go up the cable car to see the Aletsch Glacier
> at some point – when the weather is good. Visibility is less than
> 200m at the moment.
> It is good news that Rob can come. I’m still working on
> Keith. It might be worth you sending him another email,
> telling him what he’ll be missing if he doesn’t go. I think
> Sarah will come, but I’ve not yet been in CRU when she has.
> With free wifi in my room, I’ve just seen that M+M have
> submitted a paper to IJC on your H2 statistic – using more
> years, up to 2007. They have also found your PCMDI data -
> laughing at the directory name – FOIA? Also they make up
> statements saying you’ve done this following Obama’s
> statement about openness in government! Anyway you’ll likely
> get this for review, or poor Francis will. Best if both
> Francis and Myles did this. If I get an email from Glenn I’ll
> suggest this.
> Also I see Pielke Snr has submitted a comment on Sherwood’s
> work. He is a prat. He’s just had a response to a comment
> piece that David Parker, Tom Peterson and I wrote on a paper
> they had in 2007. Pielke wouldn’t understand independence if it
> hit him in the face. Both papers in JGR online. Not worth you
> reading them unless interested.
True field work. I’ll chuck the blog and sign up for my global warming merit badge if the government would ship me for a ski trip in Switzerland, per diem, tickets, lodging included.