February 5, 2013

Tree Ring Data Spurs Actual Climate Debate

Scott Johnson, Ars Technica


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Climate reconstructions based on tree rings have become a major point of contention. In 1998, a climate scientist by the name of Michael Mann had the misfortune of publishing a Northern Hemisphere temperature reconstruction dubbed “the hockey stick,” due to the appearance of the abrupt warming of the last century. He quickly became a favorite target for several high-profile contrarians, which has brought him a great deal of harassment.

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TAGGED: Volcano Eruption, Climate Science, Dendrochronology

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